The Department of Academic Support & Engagement provides tailored, comprehensive supports within inclusive spaces in which students become critically-engaged, self-determined learners. As a result of our work, students discover and develop their strengths, establish their academic identity, engage in leadership and learning opportunities, and build the confidence and the competence they need to thrive

We support students’ academic, personal, and professional growth through Accessible EducationLearning Development & SuccessTransition, Leadership & Enrichment; and the Writing Support Centre. As valued partners in student learning, our work is situated at the intersection of curricular and co-curricular activities. We help navigate academic and student life transitions, remove barriers to full participation in campus life, and contribute to the retention of Western students. 

Collectively, our expert staff and trained peer leaders apply an evidence-informed and strengths-based approach to our work, offering programs and supports that are individualized and serve the entire Western community, from prospective students through to postdoctoral scholars and faculty. We focus on promoting students’ self-awareness, on elevating their emotional well-being, and on their potential, both inside and outside the classroom.

Through our work we strive to help students create an university experience that helps them thrive.