Getting Involved

The Student Affairs Office strives to create and maintain a school culture and climate in which character and leadership are promoted and supported. The educational experience here at Lakehead is not limited to the classroom. There are so many ways to get involved, gain valuable experience and opportunities to make new connections both on campus and in our communities.

"Out-of-classroom" education is very important to your overall development. It allows you to develop skills and experience that are crucial in the post-university world. Critical thinking, intellectual flexibility, reflective judgment; knowledge acquisition and application; humanitarianism and practical competence (e.g., decision making, vocational preparation) are just some of the many areas that can be developed through extra-curricular involvement.

Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU)

The Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) supports many areas where you can get involved, including their Board of Directors, the student newspaper The Argus as well as a variety of other centres, providing a wide range of options to help you gain experience and acquire important skills. There are also opportunities for you to join Senate committees, sharing the student voice while learning how academic governance works.

Clubs & Student Societies

Join one of over 60+ clubs on campus, or start your own through LUSU! Host your own show on LU Radio, our community-based campus radio station, or get involved with one of the Centres such as Gender Equity Centre, Pride Central or the Multicultural Centre. Check out the full list of clubs: http://lusu.ca/clubs/  

Student societies are another great way to get involved. These societies are typically tied to your academic program. For instance, the Nursing Society or Engineering Student Society are ways to meet students from your program, plan events and socials and contribute towards great causes. 

Leadership Opportunities – LEAD & EXCEL

There are other ways to contribute to the campus community by volunteering your time and enjoy opportunities to build leadership skills. The LEAD program in Thunder Bay and EXCEL program in Orillia are centred around providing students like you with valuable leadership learning experiences. Stop by the Student Success Centre to learn more about building your leadership skills. 

Mentorship is a great way for you to help other students as they transition to their first year of studies at Lakehead. Opportunities to get involved with the Aboriginal Mentorship Program exist or even Mentorship Programs tied to academic programs like the Department of History. 

Residence Life Team

As a destination university, residence life at Lakehead is best in class. Our Residence Life Team ensures your time in residence is focused on academic success and personal growth is supported. Check out some of the ways you will make a difference by joining to be part of this dynamic team. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering within the Lakehead community is a rewarding and fun experience for all students. The Orientation Crew is always looking for energetic and enthusiastic Orientation Volunteers and/or Student Ambassadors, who are interested in making a positive difference in the life of first time students.

If it is community involvement that you are interested in, check out the mySuccess portal or visit the Student Success Centre to find out local volunteer opportunities where you can gain valuable experience while building your resume and making professional contacts.

Co-Curricular Record - Track Your Involvement

At Lakehead, your outside the classroom experiences can be recognized on your Co-Curricular Record. Your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is a personal record of all of your out-of-classroom, non-credit experiences and activities that you have participated in while at Lakehead University. It validates all your hard work while highlighting the learning outcomes and non-academic skills you’ve gained by being involved.