Hello and Welcome

Welcome to the 2018-2019 academic year at York University. I hope that you have all had time to relax, rejuvenate and prepare for an exciting year. Whether you are a student, staff or faculty member, it is a time of year when we take an enthusiastic dive into this new academic session.

There are so many firsts for York this year. In August, the New Student Centre opened as a student-focused space, soon to be followed by Schulich School of Business’s Graduate Study and Research Building. We are also excited as we prepare for the future with the new Markham Centre campus set to open by 2021.

York University and City of Markham formally acknowledge Indigenous lands at Markham Campus site

Lucy takes a selfie with staff members from the Division of Students

Every year we welcome thousands of new students from around the corner and across the globe. You will find that York is very much a community of scholars, researchers and professional staff who are here to support you. We have so many resources available to you, including YU START, York Orientation Day and York International. These integral student transition services will provide help and guidance to you as you begin this next chapter in your life.

As well, our Student Peers, Mentors and Ambassadors look forward to meeting you and supporting your transition to university study and our community. These student leaders include Student Financial Support Peer Team, the Learning Skills Peer Team and Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Ambassadors who provide the guidance that will help you to successfully and confidently identify and access important university services.

As your partners in student success, our goal is to foster an environment where you can achieve your academic, social and personal ambitions. At York, we represent innovation, diversity and inclusivity in a vibrant multicultural, respectful and collaborative community. I hope that you keep these values in mind as you participate in new adventures with us.

I hope that you quickly feel at home at York and I look forward to sharing many of these experiences with you.


Division of Students Highlights of 2018
Posted by Trevor Lowden on December 18, 2018, 2:54 pm

On behalf of the Division of Students at York University, happy holidays to our community of students, staff and faculty! We wish you all a restful, wonderful winter break and a happy, healthy 2019. As we finish off the exam period and look forward to the next term, it is a good time to reflect on all the great work that has been accomplished this past year. The Opening of the Wellness Hub York University’s Health Education & Promotion team officially opened the Wellness Hub in September[...]

Comfort food for the York community – Division of Students Cup-of-Soup Event for United Way
Posted by Trevor Lowden on November 8, 2018, 8:52 am

You’re invited to enjoy a hot cup of soup & roll while supporting the United Way! As the days get shorter and your thoughts turn to keeping warm while the rain falls, it’s good to know that on Friday, November 9 you’ll be able to wrap your hands around a steaming cup of soup and a roll – for just ! Lucy Fromowitz, Vice-Provost Students, along with teams from the Division of Students, will be serving warm comfort food in support of the York Cares United Way campaign. Connecting our[...]

A #YUBlog Guide to Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day
Posted by Lauren Sutherland on June 21, 2018, 9:14 am

This is a re-post of a #YUBlog post published June 21, 2018. On Thursday, June 21st, celebrations will take place across Canada in the name of National Indigenous Peoples Day. Some may be Powwows, others may be bustling Indigenous pop-up street markets and others may offer the opportunity to adorn First Nations-made beaded earrings. There are many ways to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day — however, many Canadians may not understand what this day is, why it is needed and how to appropr[...]