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Leadership Development

Leadership Certificates

Global Competency

The Global Competency certificate allows students to earn formal recognition for their intercultural and international experiences – from Study Abroad, to learning a second language, to volunteer work.

Categories and Points

Students are required to earn a total of 12 points in any 2 of the following categories (with no more than seven points in one category):

Global Competency points
Category Low (1 point) Medium (3 points) High (5 points)
Category A:
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3 credits in ONE language 9 credits in ONE language 15 credits in ONE language OR Proficiency (via proficiency test, PLAR, or validated by other test means)
Category B: Global Competency Related Courses (credit or service) 1 course 3 courses 5 courses
Category C: International Experience TRU International Field Trip (not for credit) OR International Volunteer Experience (One week in duration) OR Military service (out of country), OR Other International experience (documented by student) TRU International Field Course (for credit) OR International Volunteer Experience (Month or more in duration) Study Abroad (for credit) OR COOP, Internship, Practicum Abroad
Category D: Employment activity related to global competency development 50 hours 150 hours 250 hours
Category E: Volunteer Related activity in Canada (on or off TRU Campus) 15 hours 25 hours 35 hours

Download a points form to track your progress

Notes on the point system

  • You can only earn a maximum of 7 points in any one category
  • You cannot count activities twice (no 'double dipping')
  • Up to 7 points can be transferred from other institutions
  • All points claimed must be substantiated and documented in your portfolio

Courses counting towards points

All GLBL approved courses

Please note that this list is not exclusive. Send the names of any courses you think may be relevant but are not included to the Coordinator.

Leadership in Environmental Sustainability

The Leadership in Environmental Sustainability Certificate allows students to earn formal recognition for their knowledge, skills, awareness, and attitudes that contribute to environmental sustainability competency – from projects, to artwork, architectural design, and relevant course assignments.

Categories and Points

Students are required to earn a total of 12 points in any three of the following categories:

Leadership in Environmental Sustainability points
Category Low (1 point) Medium (3 points) High (5 points)
Category A: Courses in Environmental Sustainability 1 course 3 courses 5 courses
Category B: Community Or TRU Volunteer Work 10 hours 20 hours 30 hours
Category C: Employment Related Activity - Green Jobs 100 hours 200 hours 400 hours
Category D: Environmental or Social Organizations Member Active Participant Executive Member
Category E: Extra-Curricular Knowledge Sharing Attending Events Presenting or facilitating ONE event Presenting or facilitating TWO or more events
Category F: Environmental Sustainability Course Related Work Create or write paper or project or poster Present TRU community Present or publish paper or project or poster outside TRU

Download a points form to track your progress

Notes on the point system

  • Students can only earn a maximum of 5 points in any one category
  • Students cannot count activities twice (no 'double dipping')
  • Up to 6 points can be transferred from other institutions
  • All points claimed must be substantiated and documented in the portfolio (see portfolio tab for forms)

Environmental or social organization

  • 1 point = being a member, attending meetings, voting, and discussing issues
  • 3 points = taking a leading role in subcommittees, or making special contributions to the organization
  • 5 points = being an executive member such as president, vice-president, etc.

Extra-curricular knowledge sharing

  • 1 point = attending event(s) and writing a reflective piece on the experience
  • 3 points = presenting at, or facilitating, one extra-curricular knowledge sharing event
  • 5 points = presenting at, or facilitating, two or extra-curricular knowledge sharing events

***Examples of events include: conferences, seminars, tours, workshops, community talks, etc.

Courses counting towards points:

List of sustainability-focused courses.

Why earn these recognitions?

Students university experience should include more than just classes and assignments. Certificate participants have many opportunities to take part in meaningful intercultural and international experiences on campus, in the community, and abroad.

Don’t graduate with just a degree, diploma, or certificate. We want students to launch their career with a resume full of the relevant learning experiences that employers value today. GLBL 1000 and ENSU 1000 courses give students just that – documented evidence of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a globally- and/or of a sustainably-minded citizens.

How do I earn the certificates?

Students can start by earning and compiling points in any year of study from first year to fourth year.

When students are close to the required 12 points and interested in completing the one credit GLBL 1000 and/or ENSU 1000 course, they will need to be preapproved by the credential coordinator to add it to their course schedule.

Once students are registered into the courses, they are expected to complete a portfolio of their experiences, a giveback/presentation piece, and a reflective essay to be handed in at the end of that semester.

If students would like to earn the credential but do not meet the point requirements, we encourage them to first spend some time intentionally gaining relevant experience. Students can refer to the points chart or meet with the credential coordinator (email lead@tru.ca) to learn more about how to meet the points requirement.

Book an Appointment to Get Started Today!

Please email lead@tru.ca to book an appointment.

FAQ

Why would Global Competency be important to me?

The benefits for each individual person would be dependent on the student and their goals for the future. However, there have been a lot of studies that say international experience and education are no longer value-added qualities but, rather, a prerequisite for success in the global marketplace. Below are some articles/research/studies that have been released on the importance of Global Competency:

Why would Leadership in Environmental Sustainability be important to me?

The benefits for each individual person would be dependent on that student and their goals for the future. Below are some articles/research/studies that have been released on the importance of Environmental Sustainability:

What do I receive when I finish Global Competency or the Leadership in Environmental Sustainability certificate?

When a student has completed all requirements and handed in their portfolio. A mark of "COM" mark will go onto the students’ transcripts for the course. Each student will be recognized at convocation as they walk across the stage. Students will receive a certificate at convocation or if the student is not attending convocation, it will be mailed out a few days later.

Do I have to attend class time for these courses?

Students are not required to attend classes regularly as per the course time specified however we will let students know once they are enrolled in the course that we would have one required class time during the semester.

When can I attain the Global Competency or the Leadership in Environmental Sustainability certificate? Can I only get it in my graduation year?

Students may finish their certificate at any time during their years at TRU if they have met all requirements. However, they will not receive the certificate until they graduate from a diploma, degree or certificate program.

If I am a student that is out of country or an OL student can I still participate in the ENSU 1000 or GLBL 1000 course?

Yes! We will have a Moodle site that students can follow that will help them through the development of their portfolio however the certificates run on a semester basis like an on-campus course. Also, the Learning Strategist is always available via email with any questions students may have.

Student Series

Thompson Rivers University provides student series throughout the year. Please visit this page for updates on series sessions.

TRU LEADership

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The purpose of the LEADership series is to encourage aspiring and active student leaders to explore their knowledge, skills, and values as they relate to leadership. Students will have the opportunity to build connections with fellow students, staff, and faculty.

Each session will be a combination of knowledge-sharing and interactive/reflective activities. Upon completion of the series, students will receive a letter outlining the learning outcomes of the program.

Register for this amazing opportunity today! 

Winter semester sessions:

Session Topic  Details Date/Time Location
The Leadership Test

 

Drew Dudley’s “Leadership Test” is a set of questions that drive engagement, productivity, and happiness. In this session, learn how to shift behaviour and develop habits that commit daily to impact, courage, growth, empowerment, class, and self-respect. February 1, 2024

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Old Main
2641

Leadership Values

In this workshop style session, practice creating your own leadership questions to hold yourself accountable to the leadership qualities and values you care about most. February 15, 2024

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Old Main 2641

Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

Setting boundaries is an important component of any leader’s skill set. It requires identifying appropriate behaviours and practicing habits that help you enforce personal limits in relationships. This session will give you an opportunity to explore what areas of your leadership practice require healthy boundary setting. February 29, 2024

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Old Main 2641

Active Listening

A good leader is one who is known for being a good listener. Through activities, this session will allow students to identify barriers to good listening, reflect on their non-verbal communication, and encourage students to develop appropriate active listening skills. March 14, 2024

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Old Main 2641

Reflection & Goal-Setting Session

In this final session, students will reflect on their leadership development and the topics discussed in this series. Students will create intentional goals to implement in their leadership journey. March 28, 2024

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Old Main 2641

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, @TRUStudentLife, to stay up-to-date on the latest information. We hope to see you soon!

Steps Towards Success

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Success is not a destination, it’s a journey. Take the first step and register today!

 

The TRU Steps Towards Success Series is an opportunity for students to connect with peers, learn how to access resources on campus, and engage in skill-building interactive sessions. This series will cultivate a sense of belonging, boost student well-being, and empower students to take ownership over their own success.

Students will walk away from this three-part series with confidence to tackle the winter semester, a plan to achieve their own definition of success, and the tools to support them in taking their next steps.

Join us for a three-part series to sharpen your academic and life skills. 

Session Topic Details Date/Time Location
Setting & Achieving Your Goals  Learn the art of creating goals that stick. This workshop will provide practical advice on nailing down clear targets, creating a plan with actionable steps, and persisting through challenges. January 16, 2024

11:30am - 12:20pm
TBA
Effective Study Strategies Studying can be a challenging task, filled with distractions, information overload, and the struggle to retain material. This workshop will provide practical solutions to make your learning journey more manageable. January 23, 2024

11:30am - 12:20 pm 
TBA
Succeed at Group Projects Group projects are an inevitable part of student life, and they are often one of the most dreaded parts of the semster. This workshop will help set your group up for success (and have fun too!). January 30, 2024

11:30am - 12:20 pm
TBA
 
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