Memorial University’s Leadership Programs are currently offered through Answers within the Department of Student Life. Answers was formerly a part of Department of Student Success Programs, but that has since been changed. Memorial’s Student Leadership programs began in the early 1990s when the staff who worked in student services and supports recognized the need and benefit of events organized and lead by peers. The early programs focussed on leadership development and provided students with the opportunity to take active roles in student led events.
In 1992 the Department of Student Development was created; within it was a career center, the student volunteer bureau and other student supports and services including the newly formed student leadership development department. The leadership development grew and became known as Centre for Student Life. Centre for Student Life created leadership engagement programs for students of Memorial University.
With the opening of the University Centre in 2000, the Department of Student Development was dissolved and the different units reorganized within Division of Student Affairs and Services. Since the University centre was a high traffic, centralized area for Centre for Student life, Student leadership programs continued to grow. The Centre for Student Life also became an information and referral office for students, campus visitors, staff and faulty. Because of the growth as an information center, The Centre for Student Life became known as Answers in 2007. From 2007 to today, leadership programs continue to be offered and delivered through Answers.
The goals of Memorial Student Leadership Programs:
- Provide students with quality leadership curricula and opportunities to develop and foster student learning and success.
- Cultivate an inclusive, diverse, and responsive environment of learning and socialization.
- Create engaged learners by providing a setting for individuals to collaborate with peers, university staff and faculty, and community partners.
- Provide opportunities for students to learn transferable skills for use during their time at Memorial and in their future endeavours.
- Provide outlets for students to assume mentorship roles to facilitate leadership development among peers.
- Encourage creativity and innovation from students.
- Contribute to the holistic development of students.