Student Development Centre Mission Statement
Western's Student Development Centre is dedicated to the provision of an array of integrated professional and accessible services that help graduate and undergraduate students achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals in a confidential and caring environment. In its work SDC seeks to:
The Student Development Centre is home to a variety of services specially designed to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students on campus. Our staff members are highly trained and experienced professionals who know what campus life is all about. A dedicated group of student volunteers work with us to provide our programs. Most of our services are free for Western students and recent graduates. Visiting scholars, post-doctoral researchers and families of faculty members can access some of our services also. Explore the Website, drop into the Centre, or give us a call to find out how we can help you.
Writing Support Centre: One-on-one instruction; workshops and seminars on a wide range of writing topics; online assistance through the Western Online Writing Lab; support for faculty writing initiatives; specialized help for ESL students.
Indigenous Services: admissions assistance, personal counselling, First Nations Learning Resource Centre and Computer Lab, Health Science & Science Access Transition Programs, First Nations community liaison.
International and Exchange Student Centre: Supports international students throughout their university career. Provides individual assistance with immigration regulations and financial, cultural, personal, and social concerns; Reception and Orientation service; Peer Guide Program for all new students; English Conversation Program; social/cultural and informative events; the International Connections newsletter; the International Student Centre (UCC, Room 200); the International Exchange Program (coordinates and supports incoming and outgoing student exchange participants).
Learning Skills Services: individual counselling; presentations on learning from lectures and texts, time management, multiple choice tests, test anxiety, and many other learning skills topics; online learning help through web site and bi-weekly emailouts; drop-in services at the Learning Help Centre; and a resource library containing a variety of learning skills self-help books.
Psychological Services: individual counselling; crisis counselling; workshops on self esteem, grief and loss, violence in relationships, procrastination and stress; support program for bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgendered students. Workshops are offered from time to time to address pertinent student concerns.
Services for Students with Disabilities: assistance arranging classroom and exam accommodations; adaptive technology facilities and training; on-campus accessible transportation; text in alternative formats (e.g., audiotape, electronic, Braille); counselling; learning strategy training for students with learning disabilities; and bursaries.
SDC Resource Library: We have books, videos, binders and online resources to help you become a better student and adjust to university life.
Volunteer Opportunities: Over 100 students volunteer for SDC each year through the Volunteers in Progress program. VIPs support us in a wide variety of administrative and promotional positions while gaining valuable work experience. We also recruit student volunteers to become Peer Tutors and International Student Peer Guides.
International Experiences and Opportunities at Western
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All information disclosed by students to SDC will be kept confidential. It will not be shared with
family, university staff, course instructors, or others without written permission and will not become
part of academic records.
The Student Development Centre is experienced in working with diverse populations.