New Initiatives

The Colleges are looking for new ways of engaging students and enhancing the student experience. Here you will find some of the highlights from this year's initiatives.

Sex for Sale

A roundtable discussion of the moral, legal, political, and human rights issues raised by Bill C-36, the Federal Government's proposed prostitution legislation. Hosted in partnership with the LEC Office, Trent Feminist Society and the Trent Philosophy Society. November 5, 2014

What Does Undergraduate Research Looks Like?

Featuring faculty and upper-year students sharing information about unique research experiences at Trent, this event focuses on encouraging first year students to think about exciting opportunities for the future. This program was designed to demonstrate how research both is meaningful and achievable, and featured contributions from Anthropology, International Development Studies, English, Psychology, and Computing & Information Systems. November 4 (LEC), November 5 (Gzowski), November 6 (Champlain).

Peace Week

60 Minutes for Peace was the central event during the last week of the fall 2014 semester. Topics included:

  • Inner Peace: Finding Peace Within
  • Peace in the LGBTQ Community
  • Peace and Spirituality
  • Crafting Peace & Reconcilitation through Environmental Justice
  • Islamophobia as a Barrier to Peace
  • The Great Law of Peace

Life After Trent

Wondering what options you might have when you leave Trent? The Colleges have hand selected recent Trent graduates who will share their experiences post graduation. Drop-in for refreshments and information regarding what options might be available to you. Arts: January 20, Science: January 22, 2015.

Faculty Mash-ups

Faculty members from different disciplines come together to discuss interesting topics from a range of different perspectives. These sessions tend to be quite intimate and give students unique opportunities to consider how interdisciplinarity yields valuable insights.

  • Discussion about the movie "The Interview, Sony & Censorship Rights"
  • Importance of a Liberal Arts Degree
  • Why Everyone Should Have An Indgenous Education

Enweying 2015: An Event About Extraordinary Ideas

Students have nominated faculty members who they feel are outstanding when it comes to engaging students outside of the classroom.  Each nominated faculty member is invited to contribute a 15 minute talk on a topic they feel deeply passionate about, which will be followed by a panel discussion. March 21, 2015

Three Minute Paper

The 3MP program is designed to present undergraduate students with the challenge to explain their complex and specialized research and ideas to a general audience in just three minutes, using only one PowerPoint slide. This is intended to help students develop their skills in communicating their research.

Last Lecture

This event offers graduating students an opportunity to come together and reflect upon their experiences at Trent University, bring closure to the time that they have spent here, and celebrate their many accomplishments both inside and outside of the classroom. The program features an address by a graduating student, a distinguished alumna/us and a faculty member who will offer their words of inspiration to the convocating class. Each lecturer offers their personal reflections, stories and words of wisdom to the graduating class.

Cabinet Training

A series of workshops has been offered to members of cabinet in order to help with the development of a range of skills needed when representing students and developing programs to meet the needs of the community.  Topics have included:

  • Navigating Group Dynamics and How to Provide Feedback to Peers
  • Event Planning and Risk Management
  • Outside the Box Marketing Tools and Social Media Use
  • Teambuilding: Motivation Through the Witner Blues
  • Facilitation Skills for Committees, Meetings and Workshops (Oh My!!)
  • Elections and Campaigning Information Sessions
  • So You Want to be a Student Representative?
  • Building Your Team from the Ground Up!

In addition, all student leaders were encouraged to take advantage of the workshops offered by the Impact Program, and Career Services.