Dive Graduate Leadership Cohort

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Choose this stream if you want to focus on your own leadership challenges and develop your problem-solving skills.

The Dive stream is a workshop series that uses an adaptive leadership framework to develop your ability to tackle complex problems in your professional and personal worlds. An adaptive leadership framework helps students move beyond their technical expertise to increase their self-awareness and solve real-world problems.

During this innovative program, participants will work in an interdisciplinary cohort during monthly workshops to dive beneath the surface of their leadership failures and challenges to consider how their own experiences and histories contribute to them. The cohort is comprised of students selected from across campus through a competitive application process. 

Dive participants have access to all workshops in the Wade stream. Throughout Dive, participants also receive support from alumni Divers who serve as PLLC Leadership Coaches and support the peer group meetings.  

Dive program details:

  • The commitment for Dive includes monthly in-person experiential workshops, in addition to one one-hour peer group meeting and 1-2 hours of reading per month. The workshops are scheduled from 2-5 PM on the following days:
    • September 23, 2021
    • October 7, 2021
    • November 4, 2021
    • December 9, 2021
    • January 6, 2022
    • February 3, 2022
    • March 3, 2022
    • March 31, 2022
  • Dive is open to graduate, law, and professional students, as well as post-doctoral fellows (PDFs).
  • The program costs $300. PLLC Teaching Fellows participate free of charge. Financial assistance is available for those in need.  

Applications to the 2021-22 Dive cohort closed on August 3rd, 2021. 

Those seeking leadership development in the upcoming academic year may consider our Wade workshops. 

Financial Assistance
If you seek financial assistance to support your application to the Dive program, email a one-page application to pllc.grad@ualberta.ca. Your application should include:
  • the amount of financial relief you are requesting;
  • your interest in the program;
  • the value you expect to gain; and,
  • justification for financial assistance.

Please format your application as a PDF. Limited funds are available and requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Note: the Dive and financial aid applications are separate. You must submit both if you are requesting financial assistance.

Feedback from Dive Participants

"I wasn't sure what to expect when I started Dive, and thought it would be just another line on my CV at best. I was pleasantly surprised to discover how wrong I was. Dive gave me a curriculum for how to lead, and a playbook for how to address the messy and deeply complex parts of leadership. Overall, I found my time in Dive to be one of the most educational and rewarding portions of my PhD so far, and I enthusiastically recommend it to anyone who is interested in becoming a better leader, in any area of their lives."

- Will Schultz, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Sociology

"No other aspect of my graduate studies offered this type of reflective discussion and applied learning. Dive was invaluable for me to critically think about my career path and my personal life goals. At the conclusion of this program, I left with new colleagues, great friendships, a renewed perspective on my academic and personal life path, and tools to analyze future situations to help me make choices that align with my values and goals."
- Lauren Albrecht, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Educational Psychology 


Student Leadership Competencies

The graduate, law, and professional students that participate in Dive develop seven Student Leadership Competencies during the year-long program:

  • Collaboration
  • Creating Change
  • Diversity
  • Problem Solving
  • Receiving Feedback
  • Responding to Change
  • Self-Understanding
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Please direct questions about the Graduate Leadership Development program to pllc.grad@ualberta.ca.

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