Frequently Asked Questions
How will the IMPACT program be affected by the coronavirus pandemic?
In keeping with Trent University's phased plan for re-opening, the IMPACT program will be offered virtually for the fall 2020 term and the winter 2021 term.
The program has been carefully re-designed to provide a rich and engaging experience for students over one term. Independent reflection, sharing in triads, and group workshops will provide meaningful connections and exploration of the program themes.
How many students are accepted into each IMPACT Leadership Program cohort?
A maximum of 30 students will be accepted to the IMPACT Leadership Program in each cohort. Students are welcome to apply a second time if their application is not initially accepted.
How can I increase my odds of acceptance into the IMPACT 2020-2021 cohorts?
While we wish that we could offer the IMPACT experience to all students who apply, unfortunately space in the program is limited. Applications are scored using a rubric, which looks at the depth of reflection in your answers. Answering each question thoughtfully and reflectively will increase your odds of acceptance.
Do I need to be available for the all the workshops and events in the program?
Students are asked to attend all the workshops and events in the IMPACT program. The dates are provided for you in advance of the program in order to facilitate planning and avoid conflict. Attending all workshops and events will ensure maximum benefit from the IMPACT Program. However, if extenuating circumstances arise, participants are invited to discuss these with the Program Coordinator and request modifications.
Can I expect to see development in my leadership skills from the IMPACT Program?
There will be plenty of opportunities for you to reflect on, articulate, and practice your leadership skills in the IMPACT program. Developing leadership skills is a process, and these skills are continually refined as we journey through life. IMPACT is an invitation to explore who you are, what you care about, and how you can step up to engage with the world in a positive way.
Do I need to have any prior knowledge before beginning the IMPACT Leadership Program?
All students are invited to apply for the IMPACT program. An understanding of environmental and social justice issues provides a good foundation for discussion.
How are the community placements organized for student participants?
At the beginning of the year, the Program Coordinator will survey participants for their interests, and will then begin the process of approaching community organizations and making a good match. Both the organization and the student will be consulted throughout the process. A formal contract, waiver, and insurance declaration will be used in order to follow Trent University risk management protocols. Please note that for the fall 2020 and winter 20201 IMPACT cohorts, volunteer placements have been suspended.