Student Advancement in Leadership (SAIL)

Leadership Program

The Student Advancement In Leadership (SAIL) program is a non-academic opportunity focused on engaging students to be active participants in their own leadership development.

By working with professionals, students participating in SAIL develop skills in areas such as career exploration, personal growth, communication, and leadership development.

You're required to identify and engage in volunteer opportunities, attend professional development seminars, participate in international and cultural events, and learn the process of program development.

Program Overview

Students are required to:

  • complete 3 modules over each term, virtual options can be made available with a valid reason
  • complete 12 volunteer hours or attend group volunteer activities approved by the Program Coordinator
  • involvement in Dal Lead Conference

Module topics will include fundementals of leadership, teambuilding, being an effective group member, project & time management, presentations & public speaking, proposal writing, equity, diversity and inclusion as well as intersectionality, and intercultural competence. 

Time commitment

Within an academic year, SAIL participants are required to attend meetings, accunting for 6 hours a term, complete independent or group volunteer activities, participate in the annual SAIL Awards Banquet and the Dal Lead Conference.

Candidates must complete each module, and demonstrate that they have built on their existing leadership skills though reflection to earn their notification of completion at the annual Awards Banquet.

Recognition and opportunities from participating

Through the planning and implementation of unique learning activities, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of professional skills. You will receive:

  • a Student Leadership Notification of Completion
  • recognition of SAIL on Co-Curricular Record (CCR)
  • leadership training and professional development
  • opportunities to network with professionals through conferences and sessions
  • the opportunity to put skills learned into action at the Dal Lead Conference and your volunteer placement
  • recognition at the SAIL Award Banquet in March

Annual SAIL Award Banquet

A banquet will be held each year in March. Participants will be asked to assist in planning and hosting the event. Those who complete the program will receive their Notification of Completion.

The banquet also celebrates those in the campus community who are recognized for their leadership roles through award presentations. 

Volunteer opportunities

A list of volunteer activities for students will be available in Brightspace, and students are also encouraged to find their own opportunities. You should contact the organization or department you wish to work with as early in the semester as possible. This will ensure that you will have the proper documentation and/or training needed to continue in the position.

Group volunteer activities will also be arranged by the Program Coordinator. Students may choose to participate this these set activities or complete their volunteer work independently. Group volunteer activities may include:

  • Trick or Eat,
  • Truro Farmer's Market,
  • and other community event support.

If your independent volunteer opportunities involve working with children or animals, you may be required to provide a criminal record check or attend an animal handling session.


What are the advantages of being in the program?

This program provides students with an opportunity to build effective communication skills, develop their leadership potential and grow their understanding of advocacy by getting involved in the community. There is opportunity to parallel this program with your current involvement on and off campus.

How many hours a week do I need to commit to the program?

You are required to complete specific tasks to finish the program. Sessions will be offered during the fall and winter term. Three meetings will be held each term, and most meetings will be 2 hours in length. Sessions are held on Tuesdays evenings (4–6pm).

Opportunities to support additional Student Success programming will be available to students who are interested in further on-campus involvment. 

Is there a cost for the program?

There is NO cost for you to participate in this program. It is FREE!

How are the meetings/events communicated to the group?

The meetings, sessions, and events will be communicated through Brightspace, and social media.