Top tips for finding community at UM
You’re at university to get an education, but the university experience is more than academics. UM offers many programs that can help you get connected, meet other students with similar interests and make the most of your post-secondary education. Just because you’re learning remotely, doesn’t mean you are going through your university journey alone.
Find your community!
Student groups, associations and clubs can help you connect with others. Whether you are looking for other students who share your interests, are in the same academic program, or are committed to advancing similar causes, there are still ways to connect.
Whether you’re a mentor or a mentee, peer mentoring programs are a way to build lasting friendships and understand the resources available to you. There are many mentorship programs at UM that can help you navigate the academic, personal and professional aspects of university and post-university life, including the Career Mentor Program, Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentorship Program and UM Café.
Community Engaged Learning
Are you interested in developing intercultural competence, civic engagement and bringing your classroom learning to community work? Community Engaged Learning offers programs and workshops aimed to help you better understand the challenges and solutions in social, economic and environmental justice work all while giving you hands-on experience and building your capacity to contribute to social change. They also offer the Mutual Aid Program: Students Helping Students! that aims to build community and opportunities to support other UM students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recreation Services provides membership and recreational programming at both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campus locations. The Active Living Centre and Joe Doupe Centre are both open for workouts and group fitness classes. Timeslots for both must be booked in advance. Find out more about their new health and safety measures.
Through the International Centre’s student exchange program, you can receive credits toward your degree while spending one or two terms in a different country. Many faculties, schools or colleges also offer international exchange. Due to COVID-19, exchanges may not be possible for the 2021-22 Academic year. Applications are still being accepted, but you should be aware that exchanges may be cancelled.
The Language Partner Volunteer Program matches volunteers with English Language Centre students to help them practice their informal listening and speaking skills and adapt to Canadian culture. As a volunteer, you will get to learn about another culture while sharing your own culture, practice cross-cultural communication and enhance your resume with volunteer experience. You may also qualify to receive a Letter of Recognition and notation on your co-curricular record. The International Centre also offers a Language Exchange program.
Whether you are in your first year or nearing graduation, you can develop your leadership skills through interactive workshops and activities. One of the leadership programs on campus is the President’s Student Leadership Program.
Your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official university document that catalogues your involvement in campus activities and organizations that support your development outside the classroom. Approved activities & groups are listed online, and any questions you might have can be addressed by a staff member in Student Life.
Involvement on campus can help you gain new skills, polish existing ones, expand your resume (or network), explore possible academic or career pathways, and make a difference in initiatives that you’re passionate about. A well-rounded CCR supports the skills you have gained and refined from your experiences on-campus, while supplementing your resume and making you more competitive in the job market.
Find more ways to get involved here, and all the updates about COVID-19 for students here. And if you’re not yet following the @umstudent account on Instagram, make sure you do. There you will stay up-to-date about what’s important to students, and also learn what your peers are up to throughout the year.