Para-Academic Groups

Para-Academic groups


Para-Academic Groups

In addition to supporting faculty and students with class activities and events, we also work with students as liaisons for para-academic groups.  Para-academic groups are not attached to any specific program and are open to all students.  Below is a list of active groups that students may join.  If you would like to start a new para-academic group, please contact us at

Contact Trudy Ste. Croix by e-mail for the following groups: 

Best Buddies/Miriam

Community Pantry




Peace Center



Sustainable Dawson


Model United Nation
  • The Dawson College Model United Nations (DCMUN) is a dynamic para-academic activity in which students develop skills in diplomacy, research, leadership, and communication.

DCMUN is an inclusive organization, and since 2010 we have welcomed students from across Dawson to join us and train as delegates in simulations of the United Nations during which they debate and problem-solve across a challenging slate of current world events.

We offer students the opportunity to attend conferences locally, nationally, and internationally (while following public health directives). Our delegations have impressed conferences with their preparation, professionalism, and performance.

The strong sense of community and camaraderie, as well as a robust training programme, have allowed students to develop lasting friendships, connections, and skills that benefit them throughout their lives.


  • The Dawson Debate Union (DDU) is an activity where students can nurture their debating skills and attend tournaments.
    The DDU aims to provide Dawson College students with an accessible debate club where they have the chance to debate interesting motions at our weekly practices, regardless of level or experience. In addition, we offer members the opportunity to attend and judge tournaments nation-wide.
    The Dawson Debate Union has fostered the communication and argumentative skills of our members all while maintaining a friendly and positive environment! These are aptitudes that our members will use throughout their lives, no matter the path they choose to go down!
  • The Canadian Robotics Competition (CRC) is an annual event open to high schools and CEGEPS across Canada but particularly in the greater Montreal region. It is a multi-disciplinary event with the objective of building a robot, a themed kiosk, website, and short video.

    A growing number of students from various disciplines are attracted to it each year. Many have had prior exposure to the CRC from high school.

    Students from various disciplines including Civil tech, Pure, and Applied, Computer Science, and Mech Tech participate.

    A truly collaborative enriching competition.

  • Theatre Collective

The Dawson Theatre Collective (DTC) is a group of Dawson students from different programs outside the professional theatre program. Together, they form a mad collection of actors, writers, musicians, buskers, clowns, outcasts, and geniuses. The DTC was founded by Ann Lambert in 2007 and has written and performed 11 original plays each year since then. These plays have raised thousands of dollars for charity.

Academic Project Support

Contact Michelle by e-mail for the following groups:

  • CRLT
  • Social Services
  • Illustration Visual Arts
  • Interior Design
  • Industrial Design
  • 3D Animation
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Studio Arts

Assistance with:

  • Sustainable Event planning
  • Preparing a budget
  • Fundraising
  • Space reservations
  • Equipment and supplies
  • Promotional plans and supplies
  • Liaison with other College departments

Space Reservation Form

space reservation August 2022







Last Modified: July 18, 2023