Our Scholars

Featured Student

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Christy Kan, Faculty of Arts, recent PLLC graduate

Christy is a Department of Psychology graduate that was an engaged PLLC scholar during her degree. She was a vocal advocate for the #UAlbertaCares vodcast project, as you can see in her appearance with Dr. Stasia and a fellow scholar on Global News. During her Stretch Experience, she participated in an Intercultural Communication Lab at the University of Alberta, which led her to host a booth to discuss cultural identity at the Chinese Multicultural Centre on Canada Day. You can read about the project on her Stretch blog post. Upon her graduation from the Faculty of Arts, she received the Faculty of Arts Outstanding Leadership Medal, which is awarded annually to a convocating student who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills and potential through involvement and initiative in Arts organizations and activities.


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.

Scholars in the News

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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 built friendships that hadn't previously existed.

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Global Youth Leadership Network

Established in 2014, the Sunwah Foundation Global Young Leaders Network (GYLN) focuses on helping its undergraduate student members develop their leadership and service learning skills in a global multicultural context. Our scholars and alumni have created a PLLC chapter of the network, becoming one of the first Canadian chapters. In 2019, the PLLC GYLN chapter went abroad to the Sunwah GYLN International Summit in Macau. See the video they shared from the trip! 

Meet new Students: Find your Forum


PLLC scholars are students that join us from all across UAlberta, regardless of their faculty or program.

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"There is no other program within the university of Alberta which will give you an interdiscplinary education that heightens your train of thought quite like PLLC."

- Feedback from a PLLC alumni in an anonymous survey