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Durham College offers a variety of activities on campus to help you meet new friends, develop leadership skills, build a support network and make the most of your college experience.

Students working with a peer coach

Access & Support Centre (ASC) Peer Coaching

The ASC is looking for volunteers who are interested in decreasing barriers and promoting academic success for students with exceptionalities/disabilities.

ASC Peer Coaches facilitate 1-1 peer coaching sessions with students who require additional assistance with transitioning to the post-secondary environment. They offer support and advice based on their own academic experience and teach learning strategies.

The various duties of a Peer Coach can include helping students connect with the school, plan and organize their work, develop time management strategies, problem solve, clarify assignment expectations, brainstorm ideas, become familiar with online platforms, develop social skills, and refer students to appropriate campus services for support.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Athletics, Intramural and Varsity Sports

DC’s Campus Recreation & Wellness Centre is currently open to students, as well as employees and alumni who have purchased a membership. Virtual fitness classes, consultations and campus recreation programming are also available online. To learn more, visit

The Campus Ice Centre is open to DC students and employees and the Fieldhouse is open to students.

If you like to play sports but prefer to play at a recreational level, the CRWC also offers a variety of intramural sports programs to suit your needs. Click here for a full listing of intramural sports and registration information.

The college is also home to the Durham Lords varsity teams. For more information on the Varsity programming and DC Lords visit

Student athletes at DC.
Members of the ISL team at DC.

Institute of Student Leadership

This self-guided, extra-curricular program challenges campus leaders to take a deep dive into their personal growth journey and set comprehensive goals to further themselves as leaders. ISL strives to engage students to achieve their goals, level up their skill sets, challenge societal norms, and lead positive change in the community and beyond! Start any time and complete before graduation.

Students can enroll in ISL in the Self Registration tab on DC Connect: Click here to register!

The Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program provides welcoming mentorship opportunities to first-semester international students by matching them with an upper-year mentor. Students are matched based on their program of study, common interests or both.

The program aims to help new students feel welcome and supported while developing skills they will need to succeed at DC. The program aims to build confidence through meaningful connections between mentors and their mentee(s), encourage using campus resources/services, and contribute to a fulfilling college experience for all participants.

To get involved and become a peer mentor, follow this link here.

Members of the peer mentoring program.
Peer tutors at DC.

Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring is available to all current Durham College students, subject to tutor availability.

Peer tutors help students review and practice previously taught course content and offer study tips to promote ongoing learning.

Residence Advisor/Academic Leader

Resident Advisors (RA's) are returning students who live in residence and are available around the clock to provide you with guidance and support as you settle into residence. RAs help co-ordinate social events, show students around and offer advice.

Your Residence Academic Leaders (RAL's) are part of the RA team and help students transition into college with a primary focus on academics. The RAL's plan and implement educational programming and can advise and assist you with finding the resources to further your educational success.

Find out how you can earn some extra money while living in residence, become an RA or RAL today.

RA at DC student residence.
Members of the FastStart team at DC.


Do you have a business idea? A dream to be your own boss? FastStart can help.

FastStart is a free, year-round extracurricular program offered to all DC students. By signing up, you get the chance to work with college faculty and staff mentors, as well as receive from a fully operational marketing team. This is a great opportunity to network, meet new friends, and develop and launch your business while you’re studying at DC!

Joining FastStart gives you access to:

  • Access to FastStart360, our new online program, available 24/7 from anywhere in the world
  • Business coaching for brainstorming and business plan development
  • Marketing support (i.e. logos, business cards, websites, etc.)
  • Workshops, seminars, and training programs
  • Networking events, guest speakers, pitch competitions, and contests
  • Network partners for support, mentorship, and opportunities for funding

If you want to stay up-to-date on all of FastStart's exciting news and events, sign up for the FastStart newsletter.

Fill out FastStart’s intake form to get started, or email for more details.  


Enactus Canada is an organization that is shaping generations of entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus Canada create and implement community empowerment projects and business ventures in communities coast to coast.

Enactus DC is a team of entrepreneurial student leaders at the college who are starting to make a positive economic and social impact in society. In collaboration with established local services, students and staff are applying their knowledge to create self-sustaining projects. During the first year of operation, the Enactus DC team started two projects: We Grow Food using a passive solar green house design and Project Y.O. (Youth Opportunities) in partnership with region of Durham Ontario Works.

Get involved by emailing:

Members of the Enactus team at DC.
Members of the FastStart team at DC.

Peer Wellness Coaching

Peer Wellness Coaches assist students with social and academic growth, helping to get them organized and plan events while also fostering their own leadership skills and gaining coaching experience.

Some examples of support provided by peer wellness coaches are:

  • Assisting with organization & time management by reviewing course outlines and assisting with setting up schedules and weekly priorities
  • Breaking down or clarifying assignment instructions
  • Assisting with brainstorming ideas for assignments

All peer wellness coaching services are currently offered virtually. For more information or to apply, please contact:

Volunteer with CERT

Our team is always looking for passionate individuals willing to dedicate their time to ensure the well being of others. The Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) are student volunteers who respond to medical emergencies that happen on campus.

These student volunteers are trained as First Responders and Emergency Medical Responders. The team is well equipped with medical equipment and PPE to assist our campus community needing advanced first aid.

CERT recruits volunteers for the September semester and again for the January semester. Training for new volunteers is provided in August, before the start of the term and again in January at the beginning of the term.

If you would like more information or would like to volunteer with CERT please contact and the CERT Team Coordinator will gladly help answer your questions.

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First Peoples Indigenous Centre (FPIC)

First Peoples Indigenous Centre (FPIC)

Durham (DC) College has made a commitment to Indigenization and recognizes that Indigenization is a continuous process requiring each member of our campus community to actively commit to reconciliation with the goal of building respectful, reciprocal relationships that will contribute to better educational outcomes for all students. Suswaaning Endaajig, the First Peoples Indigenous Centre, offers several ways for students to get involved on campus.  Our goal is to increase knowledge of Indigenous perspective and ways of knowing to promote decolonization and indigenization.  We host monthly Indigenous teachings as well as access to Metis Senators, Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders so that students can interact and create authentic relationships within the Indigenous Community.  Students are also encourage to self-register for the Indigenous Histories and Reconciliation Modules that are available on DC connect.

Please visit the FPIC website for more information.

Durham College Students Association (DCSA)

Durham College Student Association (DCSA) offers a variety of opportunities for students to get involved on campus, including:

  • Becoming a member of the DCSA Board of Directors;
  • Volunteering with the Media Hub;
  • Joining or starting a campus club; and/or
  • Apply to work with the DCSA!

Email to learn more or visit us online at!

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