RGASC Student Leadership Award

The Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (RGASC) Student Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding student who has demonstrated a commitment to peer mentorship through their volunteer and / or work experience at the RGASC.

This award will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership as a peer mentor within RGASC programs by encouraging and motivating fellow UTM students in their personal, academic, and professional growth.

To be eligible for this award, candidates must:

  • Have completed at least 5.0 credits
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0
  • Demonstrate involvement in, and commitment to, peer mentorship in RGASC programming that impacts the UTM community.

While involvement in all activities / programs associated with the RGASC and the UTM campus more broadly will be considered, experience in a formal mentorship program (e.g., FSG, PASS, GEL) is an asset.

Nominees for this award will be evaluated according to the following four criteria: 1) involvement; 2) personal growth; 3) community impact; and 4) a commitment to equity & inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Involvement: Evidence of candidate’s participation in campus activities related to peer mentorship including a willingness to share experiences, a commitment to ongoing learning and development, and providing motivation for others through positive examples. Candidates will be evaluated based on the depth (significance of contributions) and breadth (how widespread, collaborative, and/or replicable the contributions are) of their involvement.
  • Personal Growth: Evidence that the candidate’s leadership skills have grown and evolved as a result of their involvement in mentorship activities.
  • Community Impact: Evidence of candidate’s contributions to mentorship and its impact on the UTM community, including the quality of campus life, influence on institutional affairs, the development of others, and contributions to a sense of community.
  • Commitment to Equity & Inclusion: Evidence of candidate’s proactive approach to creating a respectful and inclusive community.

Nominations Process:

A nomination package must be submitted to academicskills.utm@utoronto.ca before March 31 of current academic year to qualify for this award.

The nomination package must include the following:

  • A detailed nomination, maximum 2 pages in length (1000 words), specifying how the nominee meets the criteria for the award.
  • An endorsement from the nominee’s direct supervisor, if the nominator is not the nominee’s direct supervisor.
  • A letter of support, no longer than 2 pages (1000 words).

The award committee will determine the recipient, based on the criteria outlined, and announce the winner before April 30 of the current academic year.

The Student Leadership Award Committee comprises RGASC Director, Learning Strategist and Program Manager, and Centre Coordinator.  The committee membership will be renewed every two years.