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For more than 30 years the staff in the Student Development Centre has provided the Residence Life Staff at Brock University comprehensive training, which prepared them for their roles as student leaders in Residence.
Many of these students have gone on to contribute to the Brock community by acting as volunteer group facilitators (e.g., Sexual Harassment Advisor's "Just Sex" education program), assuming paid peer assistant jobs (e.g., Financial Peer Assistance, Smart Start Co-Ordinators) and taking an active role in student government (e.g., Student Union Presidents and Vice Presidents). Years after graduation, many ex-Residence Life Staff members have commented on the fact that they continue to reap the benefits of the training they received, both in their professional and personal lives. Unfortunately, for many years, not every student at Brock could access this type of training.
In light of Brock's 1999 Task Force on Institutional Planning and Priorities report, which identified the need to give our students " . . . skills training components which will prepare Brock graduates for the workplace of the future", and the Centre's previous training experience, the Student Development Centre proposed that a practicum series in basic leadership skills be made available to all Brock students. The Foundations in Leadership Practicum Series is the culmination of the efforts to make this concept a reality. It offers intensive, comprehensive, professional training, split up into components that are manageable for a students timetable and budget.