Student Life Professionals (SLP)The Student Life Professionals (SLP) Group is a network of U of T administrative staff dedicated to improving the student experience on all three campuses. Members of the Office of Student Life (St. George) staff are active members of this vibrant and vital University-wide network and provide a web presence for the group here.
Who are Student Life Professionals at U of T?
A Student Life Professional is anyone who has chosen to pursue a career in the general area of student life outside the classroom. We work to support and enhance learning that takes place in areas such as residence life, athletics and recreation, Hart House, student leadership, orientation and other areas of the student experience. For the most part, the SLP members approach their work from a community development perspective -- that is, we work proactively to develop community-based solutions to problems.
What is the purpose of the SLP network?
The vision of the Student Life Professionals Group is...
- To create a broad sense of community at the University of Toronto, including diverse and non-traditional students;
- To integrate academic and extra-curricular facets of the student experience;
- To enhance the credibility, resources and expertise of student life professionals at the University of Toronto;
- To create a culture of respect, transparency, openness and partnership between the institution and its students;
- To promote an environment that results in the development of the value system that is reflected in the university’s policy documents during students’ time at the institution;
- To create a “kinder, gentler” University of Toronto.
The SLP Group is, first and foremost, a communication vehicle. We believe strongly that the University can become a stronger community through constant communication and collaboration.
How does the group operationalize this vision?
To this end, the group meets monthly throughout the year and annually for a full day retreat in order to:
- Create a forum for discussion of student life issues;
- Provide opportunities for students to develop their leadership potential;
- Develop new models of consultation and governance;
- Advocate an institutional commitment to the importance of co-curricular learning and student life opportunities;
- Demonstrate the learning outcomes of student involvement;
- Increase collaboration and communication between divisions.