Student engagement is fundamental to our mission. SAMRU exists to serve students, but also to facilitate them – to support their goals and celebrate their involvement. From awareness events to professional development sessions, SAMRU aims to create and support opportunities which are memorable for our members.
The Students’ Association of Mount Royal University offers a number of services for students housed in the Wyckham House Student Centre. SAMRU’s support services strive to address the diverse needs of the student population. For some, this might mean free breakfast, emergency student loans, or referrals to on and off campus support services. For others, it might mean thought-provoking discussions, advocacy coaching, or lunchtime entertainment. For many, it’s both, and we encourage our members to pick and choose, engaging with us in ways they find meaningful.
Our services remain more or less unchanged; what has changed is that we have streamlined and repackaged our services, and now offer support for students based around four themes:
- Food, Finance, and Life Hacks: includes Free Breakfast, food bank hampers, Good Food Boxes, Emergency Student Loans, Financial Literacy workshops, and Life Hacks workshops.
- Personal and Social Wellness: includes Student Advocacy Coordinator, Stress-Less Week and Exam Relief, concerts and Clubs programming.
- Identity and Inclusive Communities: Global tea party, drum circle, aboriginal ancestry, gender and sexual diversity programming, Pride Week and more.
- Citizenship and Leadership: includes all REC work, Students’ Council and governors, ASEC, CAUS, all lobbying, and volunteer training, as well as the C&L learning series across the competencies of Diversity, Workplace Skills, Communications, Organizational Skills, and Wellness Management.
Development Opportunities for Students – The Learning Series
In addition to administering regular activities and special events for students, these programmers are also dedicated to providing skill-building workshops through several new learning series:
- Citizenship and Leadership;
- Healthy Relationships;
- Life Hacks and Financial Literacy;
- Gender and Sexual Diversity.
These series are based in part on our SAMRU volunteer training, and are designed to develop competencies in Diversity, Workplace Skills, Communication, Organization, and Wellness Management. These workshops are open to all MRU students and some are mandatory training for SAMRU volunteers.
Student Service Centres
Four centres remain as dedicated, thematic spaces:
- Global Citizen Centre Z307
- Pride Centre Z204
- Peer Support Centre Z210
- Clubhouse Z306
Hosting regular, scheduled programming around their centre-specific themes, these are spaces intended to foster thoughtful conversation, encourage connection through shared experience, and help strengthen students’ sense of self.
These centres will be supervised by part-time paid students who have been trained to ensure that these rooms remain safer spaces for everyone. In-centre programming and daily service administration will be provided by trained SAMRU volunteers and supervised by full-time, staff programmers.
How do you quantify growth? SAMRU’s members progress in countless ways each day – making new friends at club events, learning professional skills at training sessions, succeeding with the help of their peers’ support. By providing resources, venues and connections to support student initiatives, we help our members create their own outcomes.
Our volunteer model is designed to build confidence while facilitating creativity and collaboration. We offer students development opportunities and staff support, helping them take projects from ideas to successes. Promoting peer leadership, we encourage our members to explore their own interests while achieving a greater sense of purpose and self-awareness.
Each year, SAMRU’s members take initiative on both a personal and community level. In our service centres, volunteers devote their time and energy to creating successful events and programs. With the help of our self-advocacy training, student learn and exercise their academic rights. In clubs, students collaborate within and beyond SAMRU’s walls, making events, initiatives and fundraisers a reality. Witnessing students’ enthusiasm and determination is one of the best parts of our job. By empowering our members, we hope to make university a transformative experience.
For more information about our student services, please visit Reception in Wyckham House Room Z222 or contact our Director, Student Services.
Director, Student Services
Phone: (403) 440-6774