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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Laurier's academic outreach program provides personalized learning experiences to help high school educators enhance their curriculum.

Virtual Academic Outreach Program

Like our fellow educators, Laurier has had to make incredible shifts in how we teach our students. We know the added pressures of virtual learning and 'quadmesters' make it especially challenging to keep students engaged. We want to help support the great work you're doing by providing virtual academic outreach opportunities.

Contact our outreach coordinator, Sharon Lalor, at academicoutreach@wlu.ca to discuss tailored academic programming for your students and collaborate on a virtual Laurier visit.

Upcoming Outreach Events

View our upcoming events below by month (note: dates are pre-scheduled but you can book events at your choice of time). We invite you and your students to attend these events to engage with the Laurier community as you learn practical new skills. Please RSVP to book your date and time and we will send you the digital login information.

Book Your Outreach Activity or Event

Book an activity or RSVP for an event through the booking form below. A member of our Outreach team will follow up with you within two business days of your submission.

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October

  • Tuesday, October 5 - Business: Case Study
  • Tuesday, October 12 - Personal Training
  • Friday, October 15 - Languages and Literature
  • Thursday, October 28 - Personhood and Intellectual Disability

November

  • Thursday, November 4 - Business: Case Study
  • Wednesday, November 17 - Careers in Athletics
  • Thursday, November 18 - Personal Training
  • Wednesday, November 24 - Personhood and Intellectual Disability
  • Thursday, November 25 - Group Fitness

December

  • Wednesday, December 1 - Business: Case Study
  • Wednesday, December 8 - Group Fitness
  • Thursday, December 9 - Careers in Athletics
  • Friday, December 10 - Personal Training

Complete List of Bookable Outreach Activities

Below is a list of standard sessions that can be booked at a custom date and time that suits you and your students. To schedule a session, please email academicoutreach@wlu.ca

What's Trending? Workshops and Guest Lectures  

Professors will provide activities and short lessons on hot topics. Students have the opportunity to open their minds to different educational views on what is trending right now.

Business: Case Studies  

Professors and university students will interactively walk your students through the business skills needed to examine and problem solve real business case studies. Your students will use a decision matrix that examines environment, organization, strategy, management preferences and resources.  

Social Work: Mock Intake Cases 

Our Social Work professors teach on family dynamics and provide family scenarios that will give your students an interactive learning experience. Students will practise their critical thinking skills, reflect on family experiences, reason effectively and learn how to problem-solve creatively when dealing with new and unique situations.

Music: Virtual Rehearsals and Concerts

Bring your class, orchestra or choir to a virtual concert, event, guest lecture or workshop. You can meet professors and hear current students perform music from a variety of genres.

Or we can come to you virtually! Laurier professors or students can remotely connect to your class to teach on new topics or to lead a rehearsal or workshop.

To accommodate the new online learning environment, Laurier's concert series, "Music at Noon Hour," has moved online. New concerts are posted weekly on the Faculty of Music YouTube Channel.

Personal Training

Within a short session, students will have a strong understanding of what it means to be a personal trainer - including the types of training, difficulties one might face, and competencies required to pursue a career in personal training. Students will be able to engage with their new knowledge through group work and a case study.

Led by certified trainer and Laurier alumnus Kurtis Proksch, students will learn the valuable skills that come hand-in-hand with personal training, an overview of practical requirements, as well as the benefits of pursuing it.

Group Fitness

Students will learn about group fitness and the key aspects to becoming a certified instructor in this session. Questions that will be answered during this session include:

  • What are types of group fitness?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What skills are required?
  • How do motivate participants?

Students will apply their knowledge through the creation of a group fitness class.

This session will be led by Stefanie Kubacki, a certified CanFitPro Fitness Instructor. Stefanie is the Coordinator of Intramurals and Instructional Programs at Wilfrid Laurier University and oversees various recreational programs, including group fitness. Stefanie has an undergraduate background in Kinesiology and Physical Education and a background in education through her bachelor and master of education degrees.

Languages and Literature

This session will help advance students in language study and cultural competency. Students will receive a French module about the media in French for use in class and join us for taster language sessions in Spanish, Italian and German.

Personhood and Intellectual Disability

Peter Singer, the Princeton utilitarian ethicist, has argued that "killing a disabled infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person. Very often it is not wrong at all." (Singer, 2011, 167).

In 2002, Harriet McBryde Johnson, a disability rights lawyer, member of Not Dead Yet, and a woman who lived with the neuromuscular disease until her death in 2008, engaged Singer in a vigorous public debate during which she noted that Singer would have suggested that terminating her life as an infant was an appropriate course of action. Their historic exchange continues to challenge us to think deeply about personhood, disability, and quality of life.

At Martin Luther University College, a part of Wilfrid Laurier University, we believe in asking hard but essential questions. You know, the ones that make you think about life and meaning, ethics and faith.

Join Laura MacGregor for a provocative and interactive session where together we will talk about personhood and intellectual disability to unpack the Singer and Johnson discussion. Laura engages the discussion from both a professional and academic angle and as the mother of a son who lived with significant disabilities. While Laura won't tell you what to think, she'll encourage you to clarify your ideas about "a person" and why your opinions matter to all of us.

Careers in Athletics

What does it take to be a student athlete in post-secondary, and what might that look like in different cases? Does being an athlete affect your student life and academic responsibilities? What are some jobs that exist within Athletics departments and opportunities for student athletes post-graduation? These questions and more will be answered in this interactive session.

Led by Laurier alumna and Athlete Services Coordinator Courtney Bruce, and joined by Golden Hawk athletes, this short session will give students an understanding of what it is like to be an athlete in university and allow them to apply that knowledge in a real-life context.

Don't See What You Need?

We are also always open to new ideas for sessions on topics that are uniquely relevant to your curriculum or the interests of your students. Let us know the educational problem you need to solve and our academic outreach staff will create a personalized virtual activity for you. Please contact Sharon Lalor, outreach coordinator, at academicoutreach@wlu.ca to book.

On-Campus Academic Programming

Due to COVID-19, the following initiatives are temporarily suspended for in-person facilitation. The following activities can be modified for a virtual environment. Please contact Sharon Lalor at academicoutreach@wlu.ca to create a personalized activity for your class.

We look forward to being able to offer enhanced campus visits to high school students and educators in the future.

List of In-Person Outreach Activities

Enhanced Educational Campus Visits

Bring your class to Laurier and enjoy a personalized campus tour for your students. Complement your tour by joining a distinct theme day that allows participants to engage with current students, staff and professors as they learn about a variety of available topics.

Specialist High Skills Majors

We offer full-day events, activities and experiential learning opportunities for Specialist High Skills Majors on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Visits qualify as ‘reach ahead’ experiences, which integrate learning experiences with a student’s postsecondary pathway. 

10 Myths About University

Invite one of your former students currently attending Laurier or a current Laurier student to visit your classroom and give a presentation on making the transition to university, called ‘The 10 Myths about University’. Available for grades 11 and 12 beginning late February until the end of the school year.

University Preparation

We want to help you support your students and parents by preparing them for the realities of making the academic transition from high school to university. In this presentation, we discuss the differences between the two learning environments and their academic expectations, while offering useful strategies for success and resources to prepare for university. Invite us to your school or visit us on campus for this presentation.

Music

Bring your class, orchestra or choir to one of our many annual concerts or events, guest lectures or workshops. Meet professors, and hear current students perform music from a variety of genres. Class workshops are available both on campus and brought to your music classroom or rehearsal.

Recruitment and Admissions

E: chooselaurier@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618

Outreach Coordinator

E: academicoutreach@wlu.ca

Senior Recruitment Coordinator

E: recruiters@wlu.ca

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