Our Scholars

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#UAlbertaCares Vodcasts offer mental health resources

The 2018-19 Foundations of Leadership class worked with a professional production team and connected with stakeholders across the U of A campuses to create a video series highlighting mental health strategies for undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty, and discussing the various challenges and specific resources for each group. Click to view the videos on our YouTube account.

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Three PLLC Scholars Elected to the SU

Three of the new Students Union Executives are PLLC scholars! Congratulations to Akanksha Bhatnagar (pictured left), SU President; Adam Brown, Vice President External; and Rowan Ley, Board of Governor's Representative. We are confident you will fairly represent the students of #UAlberta. Two of our students won Students’ Council positions, as well: Samir Esmail and Phoebe Marinakis

Ria and Mursal with baskets of fruit: Buy Surplus, Reduce Waste, Feed Families

Our Servings: A PLLC Stretch Success Story

What Inaugural Class scholars Mursal Khedri and Ria Rana started in their 2016 Stretch Experience is now a real program! After investigating food waste and insecurity in Edmonton, they started a program called Our Servings, which connects surplus food with individuals in need.

Feature Students

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Tharsini Sivananthajothy, Inaugural Scholar

Tharsini is a passionate public health researcher and an advocate for creating healthy public policy rooted in social justice and equity. She recently joined the City of Toronto’s Urban Fellows program which provides new professionals with an intensive, yet innovative introduction to the world of public service. Tharsini entered PLLC as graduate student pursuing her MSc in Public Health. These different yet complementary disciplines were significant in pushing Tharsini towards the world of research, policy development and public service. Tharsini pursued a stretch experience at the City of Edmonton’s End Poverty Edmonton department as a social policy analyst. Through this opportunity, Tharsini developed an implementation strategy for five priority areas, and facilitated stakeholder engagement processes. This hands-on experience in the real policy world along with her graduate training in research, were instrumental in defining her career path.


Yasmin Rafiei

Graduate of the Faculty of Science

2017 Rhodes Scholar

Yasmin's Stretch Experience produced Project Healthcare, a program to encourage diversity in medical school applicants. 

Mackenzie Martin  

Mackenzie Martin

Graduate of the Faculty of Education and ALES

2018 Rhodes Scholar

Mackenzie increased her leadership capacity in order to pursue her interests in aging and gerontology, which she studied in Japan and the USA during her Stretch Experience.

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Kabir Nadkarni

Student in the Faculty of Engineering

2014 Loran Scholar

Kabir is a Top 30 Under 30 recipient who joined PLLC in 2017 to further his passion for sustainability.

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Inaugural Class Graduated in 2017

Our inaugural class joined PLLC in 2015 and completed the program in 2017. Many had a hand in the program’s creation, starting in focus groups and sharing their desire for leadership development. With students from across North Campus, Campus Saint-Jean, and Augustana, the interdisciplinary forums build friendships that hadn’t previously existed.

Scholars in the News


We accept students from all UAlberta faculties, including Campus Saint-Jean. 

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