ACM Engage! Student Certificate Program

ACM Engage! Student Certificate Program. Get involved with ACM!

ACM Engage! is a Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved certificate program initiated by the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media (ACM) to help students from across U of T Scarborough find opportunities to participate and contribute to the arts, culture and media communities beyond their classroom. 

Student engagement is often cited as a key factor positively impacting academic success. We, at ACM, take great pride in supporting our students’ transition to university life and helping them develop a feeling of belongingness within the institution and our department. Enroll in a CCR-approved ACM Engage! certificate program that validates your volunteerism spirit, enhances your leadership skills and supports your professional development.

Choose from TWO certificates: Volunteer and Mentor

Volunteer Mentor

We are looking for students who:

  • Are at UTSC in any program
  • Are In any year of study 
  • Interested in art, culture, concerts, exhibitions, and more
  • Want to build transferable skills such as event planning, hospitality, & community involvement
  • Want to meet new people and make new friends

To complete this certificate, a student must:

  • Join the program orientation
  • Complete a goal-setting exercise
  • 4 training sessions as recommended
  • 25 hours of volunteer service
  • Mid check-in and exit report

Recruitment for this certificate is open year long. 

We are looking for students who are: 

  • In their 2nd year or more
  • Studying in an ACM program
  • Social, give great advice, and are involved with ACM extra-curriculars
  • Looking to grow their skills in interpersonal interactions, leadership, and takes initiative
  • Wanting to develop their resume to the next level

To complete this certificate, a student must: 

  • Join the program orientation
  • Complete a goal-setting exercise
  • 4 training sessions as recommended
  • 50 hours of service, which includes:
    • Taking on up to 5 mentees (prospective and/or 1st year students) during the school year
    • Representing ACM at recruitment events
  • Mid check-in and exit report

Once term is complete, we offer a small honorarium as a thank you for your service! 

Recruitment for mentors happens in April. The beginning of each mentor term starts in May to March of the following year. 

To Track your Progress:

  1. All ACM events are now on CLNx, where you can see their details and where you will register for every event you volunteer for so that your work can be tracked.
  2. Please note that while you can sign up for as many Engage! certificates as you want, each event or workshop can only count towards one certificate. Also, if you decide to count an event towards a class it cannot also count towards your Engage! Certificate.
  3. At the end of each semester, you will receive a Progress Report via email indicating how many training sessions you have completed according to our records. Reports can also be provided at any time upon request.

At the end of the program:

When you complete all the requirements and an exit survey, you will receive a certificate and recognition on your CCR! And the best part: WAFFLES. We welcome all participants in the current year to join our ACM Engage! Waffle Brunch and Leadership Forum – a celebration of all students’ achievements in this program and recognition for your contribution to the Department of Arts, Culture and Media.

To Sign Up:

We require students to submit a form to indicate your interest in enrolling into the program. We ask for their contact info, and which certificate they are signing up for. Applications will open for the 2022 to 2023 school year term mid-March. 

 

Questions? Please contact our Programming Coordinator, Sydney, at acm-pc@utsc.utoronto.ca.

FAQ

Where are the volunteer opportunities located?

Most volunteer opportunities will be available at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Select opportunities will be off-campus in the coming school year.

 

Why should I join this program?

There are many benefits to your learning and campus experience by joining ACM Engage! Based on the feedback from previous years, students valued:

  • Making new friends and having fun!
  • New skills learned through getting involved
  • Sense of accomplishment through working with others and earning CCR-approved recognition
  • Soft skills development ie. Working independently, communicating with people, time management

 

I am entering my first year at UTSC, and I’m not sure if I can qualify to join (and I’m a little scared of meeting new people).

ACM Engage! was created with the intention of bringing people together to make it easier for you to meet and make new life-long friends. It’s the perfect way of learning what ACM is all about and how awesome it is to be a part of our community. Your time, effort, and enthusiasm is needed and much appreciated! We want to meet you and get to know you J

 

I’m not a part of the Arts, Culture, and Media Department. Can I still join ACM Engage?

Yes! All students at UTSC are welcome to join the certificate program and must apply online. This helps our team to track your involvement and your participation throughout the school year. Here’s a list of programs that our past Engagers have studied:

Psychology

Art History and Visual Culture

French

Curatorial Studies

Global Asian Studies

New Media Studies

Biochemistry

Studio

Neuroscience

Health Studies

Political science

Computer Science

Arts Management

Sociology

Journalism

Biology

Music and Culture

City Studies

Theatre and Performance Studies

 

Can I participate in more than 1 certificate?

Yes! Please keep in mind that each certificate requires certain hours volunteered, training sessions, or attendance at events.

 

What is “CCR” and why is this important?

CCR stands for Co-Curricular Record and it’s the University of Toronto’s way of recognizing the activities you do outside of your classes. It helps students make the connection between their involvement and learning when applying for jobs and highlighting skills for future employers or graduate programs. You will be able to print at any point an official validated record of your involvement at U of T.

It’s not mandatory, but it’s a great way to show your work recorded officially by U of T!

To get CCR, you must also activate it separately – please go here to learn more: https://ccr.utoronto.ca/loginpage.htm