Student Engagement Week

picture of Centennial College students sitting in the Progress Campus Courtyard

July 3 to July 6

This semester, Student Engagement Week will feature 7 flagship events to anchor the other learning opportunities during the week. Registration for each of these events will be limited; students will be able to explore and register for events on 'Experience Centennial', our new Campus Engagement App, or find directions on how to register below. Be sure to check out the other programming running alongside the flagship events in the full Engagement Week calendar. Details of the flagship events can be found below:

Student Engagement Week Schedule

July 2
July 3
July 4
July 5
July 6
  Global Citizens Take Action! Service Learning Experience (Tuesday to Friday)
    I am a Changemaker: Social Action Seminar Equitable Leadership Block (Global Citizenship and Equity Seminar And Managing Unconscious Bias) Impact Institute
    Positive Space   SkillsCamp Session
  Hero’s Journey Hero’s Journey    

Global Citizens Take Action – Service Learning

Get involved in community action Engagement Week, July 3 to July 6! Join a week of community service learning within projects at local not-for-profit organizations. Make a meaningful impact, learn about a social justice issue, gain volunteer hours, build relationships and professional references, as well as getting work experience. Participation in Service Learning meets requirements towards the Leadership Passport and Global Perspectives Digital Badge.

Date: Tuesday, July 3 – Friday, July 6
Location: Offsite
Time: This initiative requires a full week of availability between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm; Lunch and TTC tokens provided each day
Facilitator: Offsite (Contact person Nita Saini)
Registration: The deadline to submit an application has passed and we are no longer accepting applications.

I Am a Changemaker: How to Be a Social Innovator (Seminar)

Are you interested in being a social innovator to make a change? How can you bring positive change in any organization you work? This seminar, facilitated by a social entrepreneur, will focus on giving you the tools to make your innovative ideas a reality!

Facilitated by Hugo Vallecilla-Orozco – a social entrepreneur who has created and supported numerous social innovation initiatives. Hugo has sold, invested, and currently run an accessories business that believes to its core that community support and engagement is just as important as our bottom line.

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Location: Progress Campus, L3-13
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am (GCEI will provide lunch)
Facilitator: Hugo Vallecilla-Orozco
Registration: Students must register on EventBrite link:

Positive Space

The Positive Space program helps learners create a campus and workplace culture that is more respectful, supportive and safe for people questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity; as well as for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, intersex and queer (LGBT2Q+) people and allies. Participants will learn about sexual and gender diversity and reflect on how to create an environment that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. All attendees will receive a Statement of Recognition for completion of this workshop.

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Location: L1-20
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Facilitator: Gabriel Bedard
Registration: Registration through Experience Centennial App

Hero's Journey

You are the hero of your own story.

All students are invited to awaken to their heroic journey through participation in this two-part goal setting exercise. Participants will be introduced to the concept of the hero’s journey and encouraged to view their life through this powerful narrative lens. In order to achieve success – to slay the metaphorical dragon and win the gold – participants will create a list of specific goals that will help them become the hero of their own story.

Students completing the exercise will design and 3D-print a figurine of their heroic self as a reward and reminder of the commitments made through participation in the Hero’s Journey program.

Hero's Journey is a two-part workshop. Students need to attend Day 1 in order to attend Day 2.

Date: Wednesday, July 3 and 4
Location: Progress Campus, B3-04
Time: 1 pm – 3 pm
Registration: Registration through the Experience Centennial app

Equitable Leadership Block (Global Citizenship and Equity Seminar and Managing Unconscious Bias)

Global Citizenship and Equity Seminar: This session supports students to consider issues of social justice, equity and environmental sustainability with examples of real-life situations. Participants will leave with concrete ideas on how to move from awareness to action and change the future of their fields. This workshop qualifies towards both the Leadership Passport and Global Perspectives Digital Badge.

Unconscious Bias: Every day we make countless assumptions about others without realizing it, which can negatively impact our interactions and decisions. Unconscious stereotypes and prejudgments can limit our perspectives, causing us to miss out on opportunities for growth and learning. A critical skill for today's global leaders, Unconscious Bias Management helps us to recognize our biases and learn how to counteract them in order to be a more effective leader.

Date: Thursday, July 5
Location: L1-20
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Facilitator: Nita Saini and Mezart Daulet
Registration: Registration through Experience Centennial App

Impact Institute

Social change begins with each and every one of us! Do you want to make an impact in your community? Do you want to have fun and meet new people while gaining practical skills for the workplace? Attend our one-day intensive Impact Institute during Engagement Week. Lunch will be provided. Only 30 spots are available. Participation will qualify towards the requirements to earn a Global Perspectives Digital Badge and Leadership Passport.

Date: Friday, July 6
Location: Events Centre (details will be provided to students who register by GCEI)
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (GCEI will provide lunch)
Facilitator: Multiple Facilitators (Contact person Gabriel Bedard or Nita Saini)
Registration: Register by emailing - registration is first come, first serve. Please do not register unless you are able to attend the full day.

*This event has only 30 spots; Registration is required

SkillsCamp Session

Hosted by our guest facilitator Bailey Parnell, Founder, and CEO of SkillsCamp, this engaging session will walk students through the development of various soft skills transferable to future careers. Reflecting on the week’s events, students will learn how to build a personal brand, communicate professionally, build relationships and manage their time effectively while collaborating in teams and meeting new people. SkillsCamp Session will be in the CCSAI Event Space.

Date: Friday, July 6
Location: CCSAI Event Space
Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (lunch included)
Facilitator: Bailey Parnell, Founder, and CEO of SkillsCamp
Registration: Registration through the Experience Centennial app