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Looking to build and test your leadership skills as a graduate student? Are you ready to take your leadership skills to the next level? The Dais and the Graduate Leadership Institute are partnering to offer a changemaking program specifically for graduate students!

Registration is now open for the 2023-24 program!  (google form) Apply (external link)  by October 13, 2023.

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The Opportunity

  • Improve your leadership skills with specialized training and professional development
  • Be part of an energizing and innovative space for Toronto Metropolitan graduate students to build and test community organizing tactics
  • Build relationships with stakeholders and strategize positive change with real-world applications
  • Receive a digital badge upon completion to use on your resumé, CV and LinkedIn profile

The program brings together current graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and recent graduate alumni to work in groups of four or five to create a project aligned with the vision of The Dais at TMU- where ideas meets action for creating positive social change.

Working with their team members, participants will co-create a project with the aim of making meaningful and positive change in one of the three subject matter areas before the end of the academic year. Participants will receive community-organizing training from The Dais and leadership advising from the Graduate Leadership Institute throughout the program to help build their skills and overcome any roadblocks. 

Students will complete the program if they have planned and executed a changemaking project by March 29, 2024.


  • Ability to articulate personal narrative and stories to build support for an organized campaign.
  • Build relationships with community members with the aim of securing commitments.
  • Recruit volunteers and structure volunteer teams in order to drive interest in their campaign.
  • Create community-organizing tactics and implement strategies to further community goals.


The program is open to current Toronto Metropolitan graduate students (master’s and PhD), postdoctoral fellows and recent graduate alumni, who have graduated in the past six months.


Students who complete the program will be awarded a certificate of completion and a digital badge for use on LinkedIn, etc. This program also qualifies for the Future Smart program.

Date Events
October 4, 2023 GRADLeaders Information session (external link) 
October 13, 2022  (google form) Application form (external link)  closes
November 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 4-5:30 p.m. Attending or watching the recordings of the four training sessions
December 2023 to March 2024
  • Working cooperatively in a team to design and lead a community project
  • Attending at least one group coaching session with Dr. Wilson Leung from the Graduate Leadership Institute

February 14, 2024, from 4-5:30 p.m.

Mid-program check-in meeting
April 3, 2024, from 4-5:30 p.m. Attending end-of-program event
By March 29, 2024 Fully completing the program and earning a certificate of completion and a digital badge acknowledging leadership skills

For more information about the program contact:

Dr. Wilson Leung
Director, Graduate Leadership Institute
Yeates School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Camara Chambers (she/her) 
Senior Manager, Partnerships and Leadership Development
The Dais | Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Toronto Metropolitan University

About the Graduate Leadership Institute

The Graduate Leadership Institute offers learning opportunities for graduate students looking to transform from scholars into influencers. Dr. Wilson Leung is the director of the Graduate Leadership Institute (GLI), which aims to empower graduate students with leadership capacity in order to impact our city, country and world with their influence. The institute offers leadership development workshops, personalized leadership advising sessions, experiential leadership such as mentoring and changemaking programs along with a leadership video series and other resources.

About The Dais (external link) 

The Dais is a public policy and leadership institute at Toronto Metropolitan University, connecting people to the ideas and power we need to build a more inclusive, innovative, prosperous Canada. Since 2015, The Dais team has worked across Canada and internationally to develop new ideas and better leaders, resulting in measurable change in economic, education and technology policy, and thousands of people whose lives have been changed through our leadership programs. The Dais is built on the proud legacies of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (external link)  and the Leadership Lab (external link)  at Toronto Metropolitan University.

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