Jan. 16, 2023

Life Design Hub launches on campus

New dedicated space supports students to engage in personal and career development and design their future
Life Design session
Student takes part in a Life Design workshop. Travis Dickie, Student and Enrolment Services

Located in MacEwan Student Centre (MSC 171), the Life Design Hub at the University of Calgary opened to students and the campus community this week.

The Hub provides students a dedicated space to engage in personal and career development work and design their future. Life Design workshops and events will introduce students to creating a life of meaning and approaching life’s challenges like a designer would. 

Students in the Life Design Hub

Students in the Life Design Hub.

Riley Joseph Babott

Life Design Hub launch events

Chancellor Jon Cornish will lead a grand opening on Wednesday, Jan. 18. from 12 to 1 p.m. , followed by daily events and activities through Jan. 20 for students wanting to learn more about Life Design principles, participate in introductory activities or try their hand at winning one of the week’s prize giveaways. For faculty and staff, the week-long launch event is an opportunity to learn about how Life Design can help students reach their personal and professional goals. 

For more information about launch activities, please visit the Life Design event calendar.

Life Design at UCalgary

Life Design is an approach to building a fulfilling and meaningful life that is based on the principles of design thinking. Design thinking is a process of problem-solving that involves defining a challenge, generating ideas, prototyping, and testing solutions, and implementing the most promising solutions.

Students across Canada who completed the 2020 National Student Engagement Survey (NSSE) indicated a greater desire for career development, community connections and self discovery on campus. Life Design programming will target important themes identified by students including navigating failure, getting unstuck, addressing barriers and building confidence.

Life Design programming at UCalgary is based on the highly successful Designing Your Life course from Stanford University. Programming has been adapted to address unique needs of our student population to help them with personal and professional wayfinding. 

Students can attend tailored workshops including: Making Hard Decisions, Navigating your Career Journey, and Creating your Future. Students may also complete the entire Designing Your Life workshop series.

For more information about Life Design programs, please visit the workshop and event web page.

Learn more about Life Design and how to book the space for your student event

Students, faculty and staff who are interested in facilitating a student-oriented event that aligns with Life Design, student leadership or career development are invited to book the Hub space free of charge. For information about booking the Hub, please visit the Life Design Hub web page.

All members of the campus community who are interested in learning more about Life Design are invited to attend one of the What is Life Design? workshops during launch week. This 30-minute workshop will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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