Peer Leader Training

Peer Leader Training 

The Peer Leadership Training (PLT) Conference is the first step for every peer leader on campus to be successful!

It is specifically designed for students in peer leadership positions to gain knowledge on core training topics to help them perform their best throughout the year while networking with other peer leaders and professional staff across the university.  As an added bonus, your attendance at PLT will be added to your Co-Curricular Record!

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Location: Keele Campus
How to register:  PLT is open to positional student leaders/staff/volunteers. Registration is done through program's supervisor/coordinator.  If you would like to register your students for PLT, please contact Spencer Wagner at
Cost: $20/person

Below are some of the exciting sessions that will be offered at PLT Conference 2017.

Keynote: Self-care isn't an Escape, it's a Lifestyle

Self-care is so widely used and its definition so loose, that it has begun to lose its meaning. The phrase, "Sorry, I need self-care time," has become an unchallenged get-out-of-responsibilities free card. This workshop takes a stab at redefining self-care as a function of habit and not a momentary escape. It outlines the importance of resilience and provides tools and strategies to get your team on the same page. If you are struggling to practice self-care on a daily bases and often find yourself feeling burnt out, this session is what you need to challenge the way you think! - Maseh Hadaf, 3rd year global health student, residence don and an aspiring agent of change presented this session at the OACUHO Residence Life Conference for student staff at Trent University in the fall of 2016 and received the Julianne Pettigrew Award for the best conference presentation.

The Leader Within - Preparing for the Experience

In this session, students will begin by identifying significant past experiences and milestones and reflect on the role they play in creating a future as an effective peer leader. Then, through a series of reflective activities, students will identify a personal mission statement for their role as a peer leader. This session is based on the assumption that leadership is purposeful, relational and process-oriented and that it can be nurtured through cycles of authentic self-awareness and meaningful action.

T.A.L.K it Out

TALK It Out provides participants with information about some issues students face while attending university, while also providing space for personal reflection. The session will help to bring awareness to some of the different health related concerns students face. Participants will learn steps they can take to support someone that they believe is in distress, as well as the different resources available to students (on and off-campus). They will learn about different warning signs they might notice, questions they can ask to gather information and assess risk, active listening skills and how to connect the individual in with those who can help further. Participants will also learn about the importance of their own self-care and how to ensure their well-being is in a good place to help others. Finally, participants are able to work with others in the session to practice different scenarios and try out the skills they have learned. This session is extremely interactive and allows for participants to share their own knowledge and experiences with the group. - Steph Francis, Health Education Coordinator, Student Success Centre

#morelife - Mastering Your Role

In this session student leaders will explore their internal awareness of needs and personal boundaries and how those translate into their professional lives.  The participants will experience somatic movement based activities to understand how mindfulness and sensory motor tools can support them to regulate their nervous systems in events where they are faced with stressful situations.   The participants will also explore how to handle difficult conversations, unwelcoming behaviours and close conversations while maintaining professionalism. This session is highly recommended for returning/senior peer leaders.  - Shaila Khan, Student Transition Coordinator, Student Success Centre

Leading with Integrity

TBA - Ashley Estwick, York University Alumna

Self-Reflection for Peer Leaders

This workshop will address the meaning of self-awareness and the role it can play in developing listening skills, empathy, and the capacity to draw healthy boundaries. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about different approaches to self-awareness, will be provided with tools for harnessing self-awareness in their work as peer leaders, will engage in discussion around real life examples modeled by current peer leaders, and will practice hands-on exercises to hone these skills. - Reesa Grushka, Counsellor/ Educator, Mental Health and Disabilities Services

Digital Literacy and Leadership- Being an Informed and Responsible Digital Citizen

Everything we say and do online is a reflection of who we are and our lives outside the Internet. In this presentation/workshop, participants will reflect upon their online identity, how they behave online, and begin to think about strategies for designing, improving and maintaining their own, personal brand. - Mike Kasaboski, Student Engagement & Media Coordinator, Student Success Centre

Quantifying Your Experience

Quantifying your experience is a great opportunity for returning student leaders to actively engage in their past experiences and help them to build a portfolio for the future. In this session peers will be asked to identify some skills they have acquired through their experiences and translate them into “power statements”. - Inês Van Deuren, York University Alumna

Time Management for Peer Leaders- How to find balance in your life

If you're often wondering where the time goes and if you're having trouble balancing school, work, and life-this session is for you. This workshop will help you learn practical, personalized approaches to managing your time that will work for you. The importance of balance, for maintaining health, well-being, and effective use of time, will also be discussed throughout the session. - Mona Frial-Brown & Cathy Boyd-Withers, Learning Skills Specialists, Learning Skills Services

Peer Mentoring: Opening Doors and Changing Lives

See how peer mentors from Faculty of Environmental Studies make their students feel welcome, included, and excited to call their Faculty a “home away from home”. -   Megan Bromley, Peer Mentor Coordinator and Nishal Shaw, BESSA President and Peer Mentor

Ways to Support Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students

This workshop will address what it means to be transgender and GNC, the necessity of a culture shift in the workplace when it comes to using pronouns and how we can all become allies to transgender and GNC peer leaders, student staff and our fellow students- Presley Diaz, York Student, Leadership Assistant, Student Success Centre

Difficult Conversations for Student Governments

Have you ever worked on a council event or project where one or more of your peers just isn’t pulling their weight? How did you approach the situation? What did that conversation look like? “Difficult conversations” is a session that will help you in preparing for and approaching conversations that may be uncomfortable or awkward. It focuses on how to best approach conversations that you may need to have with peers you are working with. - Olivia Sinopoli, York Orientation Directors Association Chair.

Financial Literacy for Student Governments

Financial setup is a closed session for the Presidents and Financial Officers of student governments. It is geared towards education around levy processes and introducing them to the world of finances within York University. - Charmaine Mohammad, Administrative and Budget Coordinator, Student Success Centre