The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) is closely monitoring the ever-changing situation with COVID-19 and its impacts across all variety of activities.
After much deliberation, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel this year’s Institute for Future Legislators program. This was a painful decision to have to make. We cannot overstate how much we look forward to delivering the IFL every year, and it is particularly difficult given how much this crisis has highlighted the importance of good leadership, now and in the future.
There is some good news. With our IFL partners at Ryerson University, we’ll be delivering some half day on-line forums around many of the same issues that we focus on in the IFL. These are in rapid development – stay tuned for more details.
For those of you who are UBC students, POLI 308B –the optional 3-credit course that students may take alongside the IFL program in order to get credits – will be delivered online as a stand-alone Summer 2020 course. If public health rules allow that course will include some of the simulation elements familiar to IFL participants. If you’re interested, please check the summer course listings.
We will share whatever we can from these initiatives with our prospective participants and IFL alumni.
We will keep you updated through our mailing list as well as on our website and social media. If you have any questions, feel free to message Rebecca Monnerat at: Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the IFL program
Have you ever thought about running for public office? Do you wonder what it would be like to serve as a legislator? If you have political aspirations, but want to know more about what being a legislator means and how to be most effective in that role, apply to UBC’s Institute for Future Legislators (IFL). The Institute provides intensive hands-on mentoring and training for anyone who seeks the experience and knowledge necessary to make a difference—whether at the local, provincial, or federal level.
Legislators play a critical role in addressing the most pressing issues we face today. But too often they arrive unprepared for the demands of office. The IFL prepares participants to not only know what to expect but to serve with integrity.
Experienced political leaders will share their knowledge and expertise based on years of service in public office. Academic experts provide instruction and guidance through the issues and institutions you need to know to be a legislator. Veteran political journalists will advise participants on media and communications. Participants will engage in simulations and role playing – both in discrete exercises and as part of a program-long simulation culminating in a weekend legislative session. Each participant will represent a constituency, be assigned to roles in political parties and committees and work through draft legislation on salient issues. Reflective dialogue sessions provide the opportunity for participants to step back from the simulations and reflect on their experiences, good and bad practices, and what kind of practitioner they want to be.
Every year, the UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions invites applications from a diverse and cross-partisan group of people, including all ages and backgrounds. The only prerequisite is legislative aspirations and a readiness to learn from highly experienced practitioners. You do not need to be a UBC student to participate.
Past practitioners include: George Abbott, Dawn Black, Larry Campbell, Ujjal Dosanjh, Mike Harcourt, Joy MacPhail, Preston Manning, Anne McLellan, Chuck Strahl, Carole Taylor and many others.
- Legislatures & Legislative Life
- Parliamentary Relationships
- Political Ethics & Judgement
- Working in the House
- Gender in Politics
- Constituency Service
PROGRAM DATES for 2020 have been cancelled due to concerns over Covid-19. Typically, program dates include three weekend-long workshops and simulations (9am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays), for two weeks in July, and the final parliamentary simulation held in Victoria in August.
PROGRAM FEE: $1,200 CAD
Financial assistance may be available. If the program fee poses a barrier to your participation, please indicate this on your application form, and we will be in touch about available assistance.
Current undergraduate UBC students wanting to take the program for course credit (registering for POLI 308b, a 3-credit course). Seminar dates: Summer Term 2, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am-1pm in Buch D219.* (Potential that this course will be delivered online.)
Questions? Contact CSDI:
Rebecca Monnerat, Project Manager
Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
University of British Columbia