What Will I Learn?

Be part of a new generation linking community to campus

Innovative Program. Engaged Learning.

The RBC Sustainability Leadership Certificate (SLC) offers students the opportunity to:

  • Learn practical skills and tools to lead and inspire change
  • Practice participatory facilitation, group leadership, systems thinking and project prototyping
  • Turn ideas into action by designing and implementing social change projects that meet real needs
  • Build a network of collaborators and learn from community leaders in sustainability
  • Bridge theory and practice in addressing social, environmental and economic sustainability challenges

Three Modules and a world of difference

During the program, participating students attend Three In-Person Modules and take part in engaged learning projects between the each Module.

The first Module "Grounded & Ready for Action" sets the stage by allowing students to explore their personal relationship to varying styles of leadership in the context of sustainability. The second Module, "Designing for Action" introduces students to powerful tools for change that can be effectively used to plan and facilitate change in a complex world. The third and final Module, "Leadership in Action" focuses entirely on the ability of students to exercise agency in the real world with the assured direction and confidence to be a leader of sustainability.

Dal Microcredentials

Along with their final certificate, all SLC program participants in 2023/24 will have the new opportunity to earn two of Dalhousie's microcredentials: Collaborative Facilitation for Sustainability Leadership and Reflective Leadership Approaches for Sustainability Leadership. These microcredentials can be displayed in resumes, social media profiles and email signatures.

Who should apply?

The program is open to all Dalhousie students and graduates (first-year ESS students enrolled in SUST 1000 or second year and above for all other majors/programs). There are also a limited number of openings for non-Dalhousie students to apply.

If you are hungry to develop the confidence to lead social change in your community, the RBC SLC is for you. Current students, recent graduates — or anyone who is passionate about creating a sustainable world future — should apply.

Sustainability Leadership Toolkit

Here are some examples of the tools participants use to develop sustainability leadership:

ASPIRE Model Multiple Intelligences
ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) Power of Stories
Appreciative Inquiry Ripple effects
Community Standards
Servant Leader Facilitation
Experiential Learning
The Natural Step