STRIDE Leadership Program
STRIDE (STRIving to DEvelop) Leadership Program places itself at the service of the university, which occupies an irreplaceable role in the progress of society. As a meeting point for university discussion STRIDE fosters dialogue on the principal questions affecting the person and culture of our time.
Through study, reflection, dialogue, and inquiry the leadership program aims at helping students develop solid habits of intellectual rigor, rendering them capable of facing the great questions of life, of scientific and cultural progress, religion, economy and many other areas.
STRIDE offers a monthly seminar series, an opportunity to participate in UNIV Inspire International Workshop, and professional mentoring.
Interested in joining STRIDE? Email our program coordinator at email@example.com.
Monthly Seminar Series
The seminar series constitutes a flexible platform for fostering the creativity and initiative of professors and students coming from cultures rich in diversity. Our seminars are scheduled once a month from 7:30 - 8:30pm.
Please note that virtual alternatives are available.
Thursday October 29, 2020
Topic: Pragmatism in Choosing a University Major. Comprehensive Formation or Springboard to a Well-Paid Job?
Speaker: Crystal Mason
Thursday November 12, 2020
Topic: Sustainable Business Ethics
Speaker: Dr. Michael Ryall
Thursday December 3, 2020
Topic: Intellectual and Cultural Growth
Speaker: Dr. Patricia Phalen
Thursday January 14, 2021
Topic: The Power of Reflection: Going beyond Immediacy
Speaker: Dr. Susana Christiansen
Thursday February 11, 2021
Thursday March 11, 2021
Topic: Ethical Limits of the Freedom of Expression
Speaker: Dr. Brian Bird
Thursday April 8, 2021
Eana, University of Waterloo
I loved this seminar. I was able to think about the reasons why we try to act "good" and the rational thinking that's unique for us. I'm actually inspired to start reading more about philosophy because I am not taking any courses related to that.
Students are matched with a mentor in their professional field of interest and are able to meet with them regularly. The purpose of mentoring is to assist each student to discover her talents, the contribution that she can make, and seek excellence in her studies, career and life skills through concrete goal-setting.
Virtual platforms have enabled us to connect over 20 students with professionals in their area of interest. Mentors and mentees connect with each other roughly 3 times per semester.
The UNIV Inspire workshop is an experience that is authentically human. It’s an international encounter in Rome, geared towards young women seeking new perspectives on life, faith, and meaningful work. Participants from dozens of countries have the opportunity to explore, reflect, and discover together, convinced that each person is uniquely gifted and called to be a catalyst of transformation, renewing the world from within.
Seeking a Solid Foundation in a Liquid Society
In our society of constant changes, dominated by instantaneous and fluctuating channels of communication, ideas flow continuously, at the mercy of the current trend, and slide away without a trace. Nothing seems stable or permanent. Nothing, not even significant interpersonal relationships, seems deserving of commitment or dedication. It is a soft, gaseous, timid way of thinking that does not venture—because it does not dare—to achieve a common truth that lies beyond the reach of empirical sciences.
Faced with the temptation of cynicism or disillusionment, nothing is more necessary or invigorating than daring to think, to trust in the human capacity to arrive at those answers that allow us to navigate a liquid society with confidence…and to discover the solid ground that we need to build bridges with others and to undertake the changes that our contemporary world
In a digital environment—replete with massive consumption of useful (and sometimes useless) information, with unnecessary distractions, and with (perhaps addicting) searches for sensorial stimulation—we cannot give up on the big questions, dedicating time and effort to answering them. This is the moment to accept the challenge of being a reflective person, constructively
critical, a lover of the truth and the beauty that open us to the world and to other people.