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UConnect 2022: Student Leadership Conference

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Learn. Lead. Connect.

If you want to learn more about leadership and meet your peers, Uconnect is the place to go!  Hosted by University College, UConnect is an annual conference for student leaders in the community.  

Whether you are new to leadership or have lots of experience in it, the conference is a great way to discover and build on what you have.  UConnect features multiple workshops on various leadership skills that you can apply not only as students and/or community leaders, but also in the workplace and beyond!   

Key Details:

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Where: This year's conference will be hosted over Zoom 

Session Details: Details about our keynote speaker and conference sessions will be released in January.

UConnect Schedule

We have a very exciting schedule of sessions planned for our UConnect 2022 Conference. Each session will be tailored to explore a different component of student involvement, leadership. 

Welcome & Keynote (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Introduction & Welcome

Welcome Address from UC Principal, Dean of Students, & UConnect Planning Committee 

Keynote: What the World Needs Now - Jean Chow

How do we get through our locked-down lives?

While our leaders are desperately trying to tame this pandemic, one thing we know for sure is that change is everywhere. Adaptability is the most wanted skill in town. What else do our leaders need to have now since there seems to be no dearth of crises these days?

How do we judge our leaders? How do we judge ourselves? As a leader, is it better to be feared or loved? Jean Chow, our keynote speaker, will share her thoughts and perspective while challenging you on what it takes to lead if you want to be heard and followed

Workshop Session #1 (11:00 AM -12:00 PM)

Students can join one of the two workshops in this session

Flipping Failure: Learning from Failure & Navigating Academic Setbacks - Julia Andrews

Did you experience any academic setbacks last semester (or during previous semesters)? Did your semester not go as planned? Join us for the Flipping Failure: Learning from Failure & Navigating Academic Setbacks where we will discuss redefining failure and success, embracing the power of error and strategies for getting a fresh start.

Creating Your Career Narrative: Benefits of Transferable Skills  - Joanne Lieu

Curious about how your leadership experience can be leveraged into transferable skills? Wondering about strategies for exploring career options?

Join us in Creating Your Career Narrative: Benefits of Transferable Skills to learn more about the different strategies for articulating your transferable skills aka your career narrative! In this session you will learn and connect with peers to generate ideas and goals as you explore your career options.

Break (12:00 PM - 12:20 PM)

Take a break and grab some lunch! We will see you at the next session! 

Workshop #2 (12:20 PM -1:30 PM)

Difficult Conversations with Ourselves -  Alison D’Cruz, Máiri McKenna Edwards, & Michelle Zhang

This workshop is an opportunity to do some personal reflection on the barriers that we are a part of creating and enforcing, even without intention. We'll consider the things that keep us apart and the ways that we can better create opportunities for connection. We'll also do some action planning about how we take some of the difficult equity work into action, talking both UC specific actions as well as building skills for your future.

Alumni Panel (1:30 PM -2:30 PM)

Do you have questions you would like answered by previous UofT students who were once in in your shoes? Now is your chance to ask Bill Brennan, Vivian Tzau, and Adriana Shu-Yin those questions.

(Optional) Networking with Cocos & Dons (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)

Stay for this session if you want to know more about leadership opportunities on campus or to connect with the CoCos and Dons.


This Year's Theme: Steering Through Change

We are so excited to introduce the theme for our conference this year: Steering Through Change

In 2022, the UConnect conference focuses on leadership in times of change. As we transition through life, new opportunities and challenges await, bringing shifts that can go against our plans and expectations.  

As leaders, how can we prepare for change and pivot towards change? What does leadership mean amidst uncertainty? What can we do to take care of ourselves and one another? And how can we overcome doubt and unease while navigating the ebbs and flows of everyday living? Learn from speakers, alumni, and students on what adapting means to them and how to thrive with change. 

Register Below!

For more information, follow us on social media and UC newsletter. More details on workshop sessions and speakers will be released in January.  

Priority is given to UC students, but students from other colleges are welcome to join.  

If you have any questions, feel free to email us