Student Engagement and Success

Executive Director's Welcome Message

As the Executive Director of the Student Engagement and Success unit – the First Year Centre, Academic Learning Centre, Career Services Centre, Student Life Centre, Community Service-Learning Centre, Academic Advising and ARTS 1110 - I would like to welcome you to the University of Manitoba and wish you tremendous success as you make the transition into post-secondary studies.

University 1 offers a unique approach to your first year of university studies, giving you the opportunity to design an individualized schedule that meets the admission and/or first year requirements for one or more target degree programs. This approach allows you to study multiple subject areas, or focus on a specific path.

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The Academic Learning Centre (ALC) serves graduate and undergraduate, full and part-time students at the University of Manitoba. Students are invited to access the resources available on the ALC web page, make an appointment with a writing or study skills tutor, and/or attend workshops in order to further develop academic strengths and skills in writing, learning and research.

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Career Services assists all University of Manitoba undergraduate and graduate students with career planning and job search questions. Alumni can also receive assistance up to 6 months after graduation. Whether you are undecided about your career direction or looking to plan for success, we can help! We encourage you to start your career planning as early as possible during your degree and to take advantage of experiences that help build the knowledge, skills and attributes that can lead to endless possibilities.

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Student Life offers learning and personal development opportunities. Student Life connects students to leadership, volunteer, peer mentorship and service-learning opportunities, creating connections to local and international communities. Students are given the opportunity to challenge their boundaries, and engage in the community around them.

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Community Service-Learning is an experiential pedagogy that integrates community engaged work, social justice education and critical reflection. Our programs and workshops will help you better understand your identity, power and privilege; the challenges and solutions in social, economic and environmental justice work; and your role in social change.

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Advisors of the University of Manitoba are found in each of the faculties/units. They will assist you as you enter the university, as you navigate the options and choices that open up to you, and work with you to develop the skills and abilities that will help you make the most of your time at the university. Advisors will describe the options that are available to you throughout your time as a student.

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Experiential Education Opportunities

The Walk to School


Co-operative education programs — Combine practical paid work experiences with your classroom-based education to further enhance your skill set and increase your employability.

Career Mentor Program — Connect with industry professionals for informational interviews, workplace tours and job shadowing opportunities.

Work opportunities on campus — Apply for one of the many job opportunities on campus available to students each year.

Student exchanges — Gain a deeper knowledge of your discipline in an international context and better understand global connections while developing intercultural and networking skills.

International internships — Extend your learning beyond the classroom while working with a local NGO or college in Malawi, Peru, or Vietnam during a three to four month internship.

Travel study — Let your studies take you to a new part of the world during the summer.


    Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg — Work directly with a local non-profit agency during Reading Week, learn about the work they do and discover how you can make an impact right here in Winnipeg.

    Community Action Poverty Simulation — Take part in a thought-provoking exercise that will deepen your understanding of poverty, accessibility and social change.

    Praxis: Service-Learning for Social Change — In this student-led program, you will gain community leadership skills and participate in activities focused on social, economic and environmental justice issues.


    Children Rising Mentorship Program (CRMP) —Learn about Anishinaabe culture while supporting young learners through this innovative cross-cultural exchange with youth from Skownan First Nation in Manitoba.

    WUSC Student Refugee Program (SRP) — Education changes lives! Be part of a national network of students passionate about newcomer and refugee issues.

    Reading Buddies — Support learning and literacy in the Winnipeg School Division with this weekly volunteer opportunity, while gaining a deeper understanding of the education system in Manitoba.

    Ecuador Service-Learning Experience — Promote cultural exchange during this rewarding five-week placement in Ecuador.

    Badili Mtizamo! Tanzania Service-Learning Experience — Take part in a unique intercultural learning experience in Bunda, Tanzania.


    Alternative Reading Week Belize — Discover Q'eqchi' Maya culture and explore Indigenous approaches to agriculture and development in this 10-day placement in rural Belize.

    Leaf Rapids Service-Learning Experience — Experience the beauty and challenge of living in Northern Manitoba through this five-week placement.


    Alternative Reading Week Ecuador — Explore the diverse ecosystems of Ecuador and learn about environmental degradation and sustainable tourism in this 10-day placement in Ecuador.


    Game Changer – Manitoba's Idea Competition — Solve real world problems as part of this cross-faculty entrepreneurship competition for students.

    Undergraduate Research Poster Competition — Present your research, scholarly works and creative activities for the opportunity to win cash prizes in five categories.

    Undergraduate Research Award —This award offers you the opportunity to compete for one of up to 100 awards. If you succeed, you will be mentored by a professor of your choice for 16 weeks and gain valuable experience in your field of interest.

GradSteps — Make the most of your graduate education by attending GradSteps, a graduate student workshop series that offers sessions ranging from library essentials, grant writing, stress management and more.

Three Minute Thesis — Promote your research and hone your communication skills by competing in Three Minute Thesis (3MT®).

Certification in Higher Education Teaching (CHET) Program — Develop your teaching and presentation skills by participating in the CHET program, offered by the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

Teaching / Research Assistantships — Gain teaching experience by applying for teaching and research assistantships or grader/marker positions.

Our Staff


Ali Wood-Warren

First Year Centre Coordinator

Tel: (204) 474-7191


Monique Dumontet

Academic Learning Centre Director

Tel: (204) 474-6102


Gail Langlais

Career Services Director

Tel: (204) 474-9851


Anny Chen

Community Service-Learning Coordinator

Tel: (204) 474-6992


Brigitte Wiebe

University Advising Services Coordinator

Tel: (204) 474-7286


Dr. Michael O'Brien-Moran

ARTS 1110 Coordinator

Tel: (204) 474-7155


Brandy Usick

Executive Director,
Student Engagement & Success