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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Ambassador Program

The Ambassador Program is for students looking to get involved, positively contribute to the campus community, and become leaders on campus. Throughout the program, Ambassadors are given exclusive opportunities to volunteer at events and participate in an ongoing workshop series, designed to support their personal and professional growth.

Ambassador responsibilities:

  • Engage in providing feedback (for example, policies, surveys).
  • Participate in and attend university events. 
  • Support staff and faculty at events.
  • Support students.
  • Volunteer at major university events (for example, Ontario Universities' Fair, Open House, MyStart and Orientation).

Important updates for 2021-2022 academic year

We have converted our eight-hour in-person training into two virtual parts:

  • Part One will be hosted through Google Classroom.
  • Part Two will consist of attending a live session online.

Part One is completed on your own time and must be submitted prior to attending Part Two. Students will receive access to Part One after registering. When registering below, please select the live session you plan on attending, this will determine which Google Classroom you are put into for Part One. After registration, students will receive additional information within three days.

If you have any further questions, email ambassadors@ontariotechu.ca.

Being an Ambassador is a great way to develop your leadership skills, meet new people, and get involved on campus.

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, your first step is to attend the Ambassador level one training. 

 

Ambassador Program Outcomes written in a colourful wheel: civic engagement, interpersonal competence, intrapersonal development, cognitive complexity, and knowledge acquisition.Participation in the Ambassador Program will provide you with the opportunity for personal development within the following five domains: 

Civic Engagement: You will explore social responsibility as it relates to societal systems of power and oppression.

Cognitive Complexity: You will develop critical thinking skills through creative problem-solving.

Interpersonal Competence: You will cultivate interpersonal skills through collaboration and teamwork.

Intrapersonal Development: You will practice reflection in order to increase self-understanding.

Knowledge Acquisition: You will demonstrate an ability to understand, connect, and construct knowledge.

In levels one through three, you will participate in a full-day training, each level building upon previous training knowledge. You will then apply this knowledge through participation in exclusive volunteer opportunities. In level four, you will collaborate with other students on a project that highlights the knowledge, skills and abilities developed throughout the program.

In order to obtain recognition for your involvement in the Ambassador program, you must have completed the following for each level:

  • Level One - Training (full day + AODA + Mindsight), 15 volunteer points, Campus Connected 
  • Level Two - Training, 15 volunteer points 
  • Level Three - Training, 15 volunteer points 
  • Level Four - Culminating project 

In addition, before the start of each school year, you will be asked to complete a refresher module that will provide you with any program updates and university changes that are important to know as a student leader.

View the current Ambassador Level 4 projects on the Digital Community

The culminating project for experienced Ontario Tech Ambassadors is their Ambassador Level 4 project. It provides students with the opportunity to showcase the leadership skills they have gained over the course of their university experience and highlight the knowledge, skills and abilities developed throughout their participation in the Ambassador Program. Students who reach this level have completed three previous levels of Ambassador training that includes a variety of workshops and training on professional and personal development. In addition, participants must demonstrate involvement across campus by engaging in campus volunteer initiatives, building interpersonal relationships, promoting opportunities for student success and supporting a diverse range of programming. 

The Ambassador Level 4 project is done in small groups and can be focused on one of five different categories of leadership that students can choose to be a part of. Each group will focus their project around their specific theme. Those categories of leadership are: 

  • Communication
  • Community
  • Equity
  • Leadership
  • Reflection

Students who complete Level 4 of the Ambassador program will be able to: 

  • Reflect on their learning within the Ambassador Program.
  • Apply skills developed in the Ambassador Program throughout participation in a team based project.
  • Communicate the personal development they have experienced as an Ambassador.

Program structure

All Ambassadors who are eligible for a Level 4 project are contacted during the summer and will have the opportunity to join this part of the program. Participants then choose which group they would like to be part of and their reason for wanting to join that group. By late summer, all Level 4 Ambassadors have been placed into a group and start their project proposal. Once a group’s proposal has been approved by the program coordinator, they can begin their project. Most projects will span the full academic year, but some may end earlier. Throughout the project, Level 4 Ambassadors complete reflection logs at regular intervals.