Student Advancement in Leadership (SAIL)


Certificate 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.

Register for SAIL

Self-registration for SAIL can be found in Brightspace.

Concentration modules

You're encouraged to choose a SAIL concentration in one of the modules, in addition to completing Certificate requirements. SAIL participants who develop a concentration in Personal Development, Career Exploration, Communication Development or Leadership Development will be given an additional certificate.

Time commitment

Within two academic years, SAIL participants are required to attend regular meetings, Leadership Training Seminars, complete 30 hours of volunteer hours, and participate in at least one international or cultural event. Certificate candidates must complete each module, develop and present a Leadership Training Seminar in an approved subject area, and demonstrate that they have learned the process of program development, delivery and assessment.

Program checklist

This helpful checklist will keep track of what you have accomplished throughout the Student Leadership Program. Download the PDF Program Checklist. [PDF]

Rewards for 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 be rewarded with:

  • a Student Leadership Certificate upon completion
  • leadership training and professional development
  • networking opportunities with professionals through conferences and sessions
  • Leadership Banquet in March
  • off-campus activities

Program requirements

You have up to 2 years to complete these requirements!

Must:

  • Complete two sessions from each of the three modules (Career Exploration, Leadership Development, and Communication Development)
  • Complete one session from the Personality Development module
  • Complete the Apply Your Knowledge module
  • Participate in a minimum of one international event
  • Volunteer a minimum of 30 hours

Strongly encouraged:

  • participate in the Leadership Banquet
  • monthly meetings and social events
  • East Coast Student Leadership Conference—Dalhousie University, Halifax Campus

Concentration:

  • You're encouraged to choose a SAIL concentration in one of the modules, in addition to completing Certificate requirements
  • SAIL participants develop a concentration in Personal Development, Career Exploration, Communication Development or Leadership Development

Certificate Banquet

A Certificate Banquet will be held each year in March and first-year participants will be asked to assist in planning and hosting the event. Those who complete the program will receive their certificate.

The Certificate Banquet also celebrates those in the campus community who are recognized for their leadership roles and they will also receive certificates.  

Volunteer opportunities

A list of volunteer opportunities for students will be posted below. You should contact the organization or department you want 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. IF the opportunities involve working with children or animals, you may be required to provide a criminal record check or attend an animal handling session.

If you have any questions or concerns when volunteering, please do not hesitate to contact Monica Sani (m.sani@dal.ca).

FAQs

What are the advantages of being in the program?

This program is designed specifically for students wanting to be more intentional about building leadership skills, enhancing their personal and development skills, and exploring their career interests and competencies. This program will work on your communication skills, career exploration, leadership and personal development. There is opportunity to parallel this program with your current involvement on and off campus.

What is expected of me?

Student requirements

You have up to two years to complete the program requirements.

Must:

  • complete two sessions from each of the three modules: Career Exploration, Leadership Development, and Communication Development
  • complete one session from the Personality Development module
  • complete the Apply Your Knowledge module
  • participate in a minimum of one international event
  • volunteer a minimum of 30 hours

Strongly encouraged:

  • participate in the Leadership Banquet in March
  • monthly meetings and social events
  • East Coast Student Leadership Conference

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 each week. The majority of the sessions are an hour in length and take place in the evenings (5–6pm). Sessions are offered Monday–Thursday. You are not required participate in every session. Many opportunities allow you to volunteer on your own time. 

Is there a cost for the program?

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

How are the meetings/events communicated to the group?

The meetings, monthly sessions, and events (both on and off campus) will be communicated through a monthly email sent by the program coordinator. They will also be listed on the Student Leadership Program website under "monthly meetings" and "announcements."

More Information about the SAIL program

Find out more about SAIL. [PDF]