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Become an Ambassador

UOIT Ambassadors are students interested in getting involved on campus, developing their leadership skills, and making a difference in the UOIT community. UOIT Ambassadors represent UOIT enthusiastically, while sharing their own university experience with new, or prospective UOIT students. By becoming a UOIT Ambassador you will have the opportunity to volunteer in various on and off campus events, participate in training and workshops, and add the experience to your Involvement Record.  

Please note: Applications for Specialty Role positions are now closed. Applications to be a UOIT Ambassador are still being accepted.  

  • What do UOIT Ambassadors do?

    Once registered, UOIT Ambassadors are invited to training sessions. Once the required training is completed, Ambassadors will:

    • Attend and assist at UOIT events to fulfill specific Ambassador duties and responsibilities
    • Acquaint students with campus services, events, and facilities
    • Participate in various workshops or additional training sessions to further enhance learning experience 
    • Act as a student role model of a balanced lifestyle, respect for self, respect for others and respect for the community
    • Attend important University events and act as a role model of positive student engagement on campus
  • Ambassador Specifications

    The UOIT Ambassador program is open to all UOIT students who:

    • Are current students in clear standing
    • Observe all university policies and procedures
    • Ensure that their interactions with students and other community members are inclusive and respectful
    • Communicate effectively with a wide range of people
    • Positively represent UOIT at all times
  • Benefits of being an Ambassador

    As a UOIT Ambassador, not only will you be a representative of the UOIT community, you will also:

    • Have an opportunity to enhance your interpersonal and leadership skills, along with gaining confidence and providing service to others
    • Have an opportunity to serve as a role model
    • Enhance your social and support network
    • Add your UOIT Ambassador experience to your Involvement Record

Specialty Roles

  • SENIOR PEER LEADER

    Senior Peer Leader 2017-2018

    Senior Peer Leaders support and supervise a group of Peer Leaders as they support incoming UOIT students with their academic, cultural, and social transition into university. They connect with Peer Leaders one on one, and in groups in order to provide a non-judgmental, approachable and knowledgeable first resource and support system.

    Senior Peer Leaders lead the development and coordination of programming for first year undergraduate students, both during orientation and through the academic year. As new students arrive on campus, Senior Peer Leaders facilitate programming and supervise the Peer Leaders responsible for introducing the first year students to a welcoming environment rich with enthusiasm to support their transition to UOIT.

    Senior Peer Leaders then continue working with the Peer Leaders as they maintain this supportive relationship with their assigned first year students throughout the academic year.

    TIME COMMITMENT: 

    This position runs from March 2017 to May 2018. During this time, Senior Peer Leaders will:

    • Complete required Ambassador Training (8 hours total) by July 1 2017
    • Attend Senior Peer Leader retreat (weekend)
    • Complete summer planning requirements – 20-40 hours over Summer Term
    • Participate in Summer Orientation (Dates TBD) – 7 days
    • Assist with September training (mandatory) – September 2, 2017
    • Facilitate September Orientation (two days) – September 5 and 6, 2017
    • Expect to spend 15-20 hours per month during the fall and winter terms supporting Peer Leaders, meeting with Student Experience staff, attending events, and completing required documentation. 

    RESPONSIBILITIES: 

    • Summer
      • Check email throughout the summer for updates and information from Student Experience Centre staff, and to maintain regular communication with Peer Leaders
      • Assist with summer orientation programs
      • Hold summer meetings for Peer Leaders
      • Develop orientation programs and meet regularly with Student Experience staff
      • Oversee the Peer Leaders making their initial connection to their assigned first year student
    • September Orientation
      • Attend and lead all September Orientation programming, and activities
      • Help to organize, prepare, and implement activities during September Orientation
      • Oversee Peer Leaders connection with assigned first year students during designated time periods
    • Fall/Winter Academic Terms
      • Meet once per term with each Peer Leader to set clear objectives and goals, review progress, reflect on personal learning and development in the role, and provide bidirectional feedback and connect via email/text/other on a monthly basis and complete basic documentation.
      • Hold regular Peer Leader team meetings. (4 per year)
  • PEER LEADER

    Peer Leader 2017-2018

    Peer Leaders support incoming UOIT students with their academic, cultural, and social transition into university. Under the leadership of Student Experience Staff and the Senior Leader team, Peer Leaders will connect with first year students one on one, and in groups in order to provide a non-judgmental, approachable and knowledgeable first resource and support system. Peer Leaders will help to support first year students by creating connections, providing encouragement and referring them to UOIT services prior to the beginning of classes and throughout the year.

    Peer Leaders support the development and coordination of UOIT’s orientation programs for incoming undergraduate students. As new students arrive on campus, Peer Leaders introduce them to a welcoming environment rich with enthusiasm to support their transition to UOIT. Peer Leaders then maintain this supportive relationship with their assigned first year students throughout the academic year.

    TIME COMMITMENT: 

    This position runs from March 2017 to May 2018. During this time, Peer Leaders will:

    • Complete required Ambassador Training (8 hours total) by July 1 2017
    • Complete summer planning requirements – 2-10 hours over Summer Term  
    • Attend September training (mandatory) – September 2, 2017
    • Participate in September Orientation (two days) – September 5 and 6, 2017
    • Expect to spend 10-15 hours per month during the fall and winter terms supporting their first year students, attending events, and completing required documentation. 

    RESPONSIBILITIES: 

    • Summer
      • Check email throughout the summer for updates and information from Student Experience Centre staff, and Senior Peer Leaders
      • Participate in summer meetings with Senior Peer Leader
      • Make initial connection with assigned first year students through email
      • Attend summer orientation programs if available
    • September Orientation
      • Attend and assist with all September Orientation programming, activities and summer planning as directed by Senior Peer Leaders
      • Help to organize, prepare, and implement activities during September Orientation
      • Connect with assigned first year students during designated time periods
    • Fall/Winter Academic Terms
      • Connect with each assigned first year student on a monthly basis and complete basic documentation
      • Meet once per semester with Student Experience staff or Senior Peer Leader to set clear objectives and goals, review progress, reflect on personal learning and development in the role, and provide bidirectional feedback
      • Attend regular Peer Leader team meetings (4 per year)
      • Support student participation by inviting and accompanying assigned first year students to designated events on campus.
  • EQUITY AMBASSADOR

    Equity Ambassador 2017-2018

    Equity Ambassadors are students interested in human rights issues, including challenging; sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, sexual violence, etc. The Equity Ambassadors develop and deliver student-led initiatives with a focus on inclusivity to promote a safe, equitable, comfortable, and inclusive living, learning, and working environment for UOIT students.  This position is for students interested in collaborative and community engaged learning to gain greater self-knowledge and leadership skills. Equity Ambassadors must demonstrate a willingness to listen respectfully to differing points of view and perspectives, while remaining non-judgmental.

    TIME COMMITMENT:
    This position runs from March 2017 to April 2018. During this time, Equity Ambassadors will:

    • Complete required UOIT Ambassador Training (8 hours total) by July 1, 2017
    • Attend weekly team meetings with Student Experience staff to plan initiatives and delegate tasks (1 hr per week)
    • No more than five hours a week outside of regular meetings for additional collaborative work, project work, and event planning.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Work collaboratively on a team of other Equity Ambassadors to develop and deliver programming and educational materials to help raise awareness on inclusivity, equity, diversity, and social change;
    • Work closely with Student Experience staff for guidance on specific social and environmental change initiatives at UOIT;
    • Collaborate with other university departments, groups, committees, and clubs at UOIT to address specific social justice and equity initiatives;
    • Act as a role model of a balanced lifestyle, respect for self, respect for others, and respect for the community by ensuring your activities and interactions with students are inclusive and respectful;
    • Participate in UOIT committees to provide student perspectives on developing and current policies relating to inclusivity and wellness at the university;
    • Promote equity and social change issues, events, content, and concepts through personal networks and seeking opportunities to collaborate with others; and
    • Participate in program assessment, which may include feedback forms, evaluations and/or focus groups.
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION LEADER

    International Student Orientation Leader 2017-2018
    (International and Domestic students may apply)

    International Student Orientation Leaders (ISOLs) are specially trained students focused on supporting incoming International and Exchange students through their new arrival and transitional needs.  ISOLs are vital in creating a welcoming and supportive environment for new students. These students have an opportunity to engage with peers in an enriching way by sharing about their own culture and learning about others.

    TIME COMMITMENT: 
    This position runs from March 2017 to May 2018. During this time, International Student Orientation Leaders will:

    • Complete required Ambassador Training (8 hours total) by July 1, 2017
    • Participate in International Student Orientations (ISO)
      • September (mandatory) – 2 days (9 hours first date, 4 hours second date)
      • January (as needed) – 2 days (9 hours first date, 4 hours second date)
      • Attend three mandatory training sessions
        • Two in August (6 hours each)
        • One in November (4 hours)
        • Participate in the New Arrival Support Program (NASP) for at least two cycles (at least one 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. volunteering shift in each cycle)
          • August-September
          • December-January
          • April-May

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Work collaboratively with other ISOLs on various activities during training and on the day of ISO;
    • Provide campus tours to new International and Exchange students and assist them with picking up their Student ID;
    • Help new International and Exchange students to collect and coordinate living essentials (e.g., set up a Canadian bank account, get a cell phone, etc);
    • Familiarize new International and Exchange students with the Durham Region Transit system; and
    • Promote diversity and intercultural sensitivity on campus and ensure interactions with students are inclusive and respectful.
    • Participate in program assessment, which may include feedback forms, evaluations and/or focus groups.
  • GRADUATING CLASS CHALLENGE FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE

    Graduating Class Challenge Faculty Representative 2017-2018

    The Graduating Class Challenge is a one-week campaign with exclusive events to celebrate graduating students and receive feedback on a brief opinion survey. The purpose of the campaign is to educate graduating students about life as alumni, to help keep them engaged after graduation, and to bring the Alumni office and graduating students together by helping them celebrate their last year. Graduating students will be entered in for a chance to win a $1000 award toward their tuition or student loan when they submit a feedback questionnaire. The faculty with the highest number of submissions wins a $1000 award to support a graduating student in the following academic year.

    Graduating Class Challenge (GCC) Faculty Representatives support the planning and execution of the Challenge to guarantee relevance and encourage participation of their peers. A planning committee consisting of two Co-Chairs and Two Faculty Representatives from each faculty will help develop and implement the Graduating Class Challenge along with the Alumni office. This position is for students who are interested in gaining fundraising and leadership skills. 

    TIME COMMITMENT: 
    This position runs from September 2017 to early February 2018. During this time, Graduating Class Challenge (GCC) Faculty Representatives will:

    • Attend four one-hour meetings in the Fall/Winter Academic Terms.  
    • Assist with January promotional tables (a total of 1-hour participation over a two-day period is mandatory).
    • Participate in GCC events throughout the last week of January (a total of 1-hour participation over a four-day period is mandatory).
    • Expect to spend 10-20 hours over the month of January promoting GCC and distributing GCC materials.

    RESPONSIBILITIES: 

    • Summer
      • Check email throughout the summer for updates and information from Alumni office staff. 
    • Fall Academic Term
      • Attend two meetings and participate in the Class Gift fundraising initiative discussion.
      • Provide input on GCC promotional materials, promotional strategies, event schedule and activities.
      • Check email between meetings for update and information from the Graduating Class Challenge Co-Chairs
    • January
      • Attend one meeting before campaign launch.
      • Support student participation in GCC by personally inviting peers to free events and encouraging them to complete the Alumni office questionnaire.
      • Promote the campaign by distributing GCC materials (physical and digital).
      • Assist with promotional tables and events during the last two weeks of January.
      • Be active on social media by sharing/creating GCC content.
    • February
      • Attend one final meeting to provide constructive feedback for the following GCC.

     

  • GRADUATING CLASS CHALLENGE CO-CHAIR

    Graduating Class Challenge Co-Chair 2017-2018

    The Graduating Class Challenge is a one-week campaign with exclusive events to celebrate graduating students and receive feedback on a brief opinion survey. The purpose of the campaign is to educate graduating students about life as alumni, to help keep them engaged after graduation, and to bring the Alumni office and graduating students together by helping them celebrate their last year. Graduating students will be entered in for a chance to win a $1000 award toward their tuition or student loan when they submit a feedback questionnaire. The faculty with the highest number of submissions wins a $1000 award to support a graduating student in the following academic year.

    Graduating Class Challenge Co-Chairs help lead the planning and execution of the Challenge by supporting the Graduating Class Challenge Faculty Representatives and coordinating with the Alumni office and the planning committee. Graduating Class Challenge Co-Chairs will facilitate important discussions surrounding the Class Gift initiative and additional promotional materials. Graduating Class Challenge Co-Chairs will also help coordinate the promotional tables and events. There are a total of two Graduating Class Challenge Co-Chair positions available. This position is for students who are interested in gaining fundraising, event management, and leadership skills. 

    TIME COMMITMENT: 
    This position runs from August 2017 to early February 2018. During this time, Graduating Class Challenge Co-Chairs will:

    • Help lead four one-hour meetings in the Fall/Winter Academic Terms with support from the Alumni office.  
    • Help coordinate January promotional tables (a total of 1-hour participation over a two-day period is mandatory).
    • Help coordinate GCC events throughout the last week of January (a total of 1-hour participation over a four-day period is mandatory).
    • Expect to spend 20 hours over the month of January helping to promote GCC and coordinating the distribution of GCC materials.

    RESPONSIBILITIES: 

    • Summer
      • Check email throughout the summer for updates and information from Alumni office staff.
    • Fall Academic Term
      • Attend and lead two meetings and facilitate the Class Gift fundraising initiative discussion.
      • Act as liaison between the Graduating Class Challenge Faculty Representatives and the Alumni office.
      • Check email between meetings for updates and information from Alumni office staff.
    • January
      • Attend and lead one meeting before campaign launch.
      • Support student participation in GCC by personally inviting peers to free events and encouraging them to complete the Alumni office questionnaire.
      • Promote the campaign by distributing GCC materials (physical and digital).
      • Help Coordinate promotional tables and events during the last two weeks of January.
      • Be active on social media by sharing/creating GCC content.
    • February
      • Attend one final meeting to provide constructive feedback for the following GCC.

     


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