Leadership Empowerment and Development (LEAD) Community

This Living-Learning Community (LLC) will bring together students from diverse backgrounds in a multi-disciplinary environment with a specific focus on leadership. Don’t have any leadership experience? Don’t worry! This foundational program has been designed to foster the personal growth of participants who are new to leadership and participants with some prior leadership experience. Regardless of where you are in your leadership and personal development, there is something in this program for you.

As a community member in the LEAD LLC, you will take part in a co-curricular leadership development program with your fellow LEAD LLC residents. Together, you will explore your leadership potential and develop key leadership skills by completing workshops and practical, experiential components and learning from each other. Based on SFU’s Passport to Leadership 1: Foundations of Leadership program, the LEAD LLC will give you the opportunity to:

  • Develop your self-awareness;
  • Understand your worldview and approach to leadership;
  • Learn how to approach communication with intention;
  • Understand the significance of values, perceptions and assumptions
  • Learn how to navigate uncertainty by "creating your own luck"


P2L 1 includes both online and in-person components:

Fall 2018 term:

  • Six in-person sessions - each session is 2 hours (120 minutes) in length
  • Approximately 30-60 minutes of online preparation (readings and reflection questions) per session

Spring 2019 term:

  • Additional experiential/learning/practical leadership component*
  • Three group touchbase/update meetings with fellow residents to report back (dates, tbd)
  • Final LLC/Residence-wide symposium and community gathering in which LLC participants will be (date, tbd)

* In the Spring 2019 term, students will complete Passport to Leadership 2 (the follow up program to the LEAD LLC/Passport to Leadership 1), or take on a different leadership role on campus or in the community. This additional component will be dependent on what each student wants focus on and will be selected in consultation with LEAD LLC staff facilitators and Residence staff.

As part of their additional leadership component, LEAD LLC participants will be required to give a presentation at the final LLC/Residence-wide symposium and community gathering at the end of the Spring 2019 term.

Participants must attend all 6 in-person sessions, complete the required online assignments, and complete the additional experiential/learning/practical leadership component in Spring 2019 (including their final presentation) to receive recognition for this program on their Co-Curricular Record. 


  • Gain valuable experience with community engagement
  • Develop leadership skills and potential
  • Receive specialized support from fellow students, staff and faculty with expertise in leadership and service learning
  • Receive co-curricular credit (equivalent of Passport to Leadership levels 1 and 2)

How You Benefit

Students who live in a living-learning community have a unique opportunity to live and learn with like-minded students and have access to programs specifically designed for their community.  Students who live in LLCs also:

  • Feel they made a smoother transition to university, academically and socially
  • Have higher levels of academic self-confidence
  • Are more likely to successfully engage in other projects like honours theses, study abroad opportunities, and research or capstone projects
  • Are more likely to become student leaders and mentors  

(National Study of Living-Learning Programs, 2007)    

Further Details

  • Eligibility: All full-time undergraduate students attending SFU and students attending Fraser International College.
  • Additional Cost: No additional cost.
  • Program Length: September 2018 – April 2019
  • What is an LLC and how does it differ from a regular residence floor?
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