Volunteer & Leadership
At Memorial, there are many ways to get involved in university life outside of the classroom. Students can join a club or society, volunteer with one of our on-campus resource centres or participate in one of our many leadership programs. And because we want you to get the most out of your extracurricular experiences, we offer a variety of career development, experiential learning and award programs that recognize your volunteer and leadership achievements.
Student Volunteer Bureau
The Student Volunteer Bureau (SVB) is a resource centre and referral service for students interested in getting involved in our community. The SVB maintains contact information or both on- and off-campus organizations and services seeking volunteers. Students can sign-up for the volunteer email listserv which is used to send out volunteer opportunities as they arise. The SVB is student-run and staffed by trained student employees and volunteers who help students find volunteer placements on campus and in the community.
The SVB also coordinates the Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP), a program of four ascending award levels that encourages and recognizes student involvement in volunteer activities. The VIP is designed to promote career development and self-awareness as each participant progresses through their university career.
Clubs and Societies
There are over 100 clubs and societies recognized by the Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union (MUNSU). Groups are organized around a variety of topics including academic, athletic, cultural, faith, political and recreational interests. With so many groups active on campus, it’s easy to find one that will let you connect with students who have similar interests to yours. Clubs and societies aren’t just for socializing though – many of our campus groups take on leadership roles in our communities and create positive change by participating in charity fundraisers, raising awareness on social issues and even organizing summer camps for youth. Whatever your interests are there’s probably a group for you. And if not, you can start your own!
There are currently seven student-run resource centres on campus. Resource centres act as a peer support network, meeting space and information resource within the university community. Volunteers help maintain office hours at the centres and take on leadership roles within these groups. The seven current resource centres are:
- Aboriginal Resource Centre
- Disability Information and Support Centre
- International Students’ Centre
- Student Parents’ Resource Centre
- MUN Sexual and Gender Advocacy Resource Centre
- Students Older than Average
- Intersections: A Resource Centre for Marginalized Genders
Student Leadership at Memorial
Leadership skills are essential for academic, personal and professional success. At Memorial we offer the tools and resources to develop and enhance these skills. Become part of our student leadership community by taking advantage of our many leadership opportunities! These include:
- Welcome Week, the first week of a new student’s university life. It is a full week of fun, interactive and informative events. Current student volunteers help new students learn more about the Memorial community and connect with other people on campus. Activities include campus tours, a BBQ, and information fairs highlighting the support and resources available to students at Memorial.
- The Memorial Ambassador Program is an opportunity for students to represent their university while developing professional and personal skills. This is a volunteer role and students attend a variety of events on campus and in the community as ambassadors of the university. Volunteers also receive training in communications, networking and dining etiquette.
- The annual Memorial Student Leadership Conference is a one-day event held in the winter semester. The conference is filled with interesting and interactive sessions that are built on practical experience, leadership theory and community service. The conference recognizes and rewards student leadership while fostering existing and emerging leaders.