Impact the Student Journey

Division of Students Strategic Plan 2020-2025Impact the
Student Journey


Seamless Service

Provide and enhance student services where students feel heard and supported through all processes.

Global Engagement

Focus on diversifying our international student body while creating opportunities for all York students to engage in an international experience.

Student Success

Enhance and develop holistic support services for students to meet them where they are and foster a sense of belonging and personal and academic success.

What's New?

Career drop-ins now available at York Lanes

The 2023 launch of the Alumni Career Lounge has showcased a significant change in creating accessible and barrier-free career advising. This initiative has enhanced visibility with campus partners, increased awareness of career supports and improved student engagement.

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The Career Lounge has seen a 67% increase in drop-ins, demonstrating the success of centralizing student support services in a high-traffic area.
Launch of new graduation verification process for degrees and graduation status

On Friday, May 31, the MyCreds verify portal became available to confirm whether a student has graduated, and received a degree, from York University. 

Check out the new process
This updated process aligns with the University and industry best practices, enabling and optimizing the process that comes with the new platform.
Registration Open House with Student Accessibility Services

SAS is hosting Registration Open Houses to support incoming York students and their families/support persons. Participants will learn about services and the registration process with SAS Project ADVANCE peer facilitators.

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attendees participated in the May Open House.
Remediation support sessions with Learning Skills Services and Learning Commons partners

Learning Skills Services led a panel of Learning Commons partners in delivering two support presentations. The content focused on strategy-specific, and general, remediation information for supporting students' completion of courses affected by the recent labour disruption.

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There was a high degree of engagement around a variety of questions and strategies. Personalized responses and warm referrals were provided when students had more specific questions.
End of year talent showcase

Student Accessibility Services peer mentors hosted a hybrid talent show to celebrate the term. Eight students showcased their talents which included singing, piano and works of art.

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students participated in supporting the talents of their peers in the Student Accessibility Services community.
Becoming YU & Work/Study end of year event

In March, the Career Centre hosted the Becoming YU & Work/Study End of Year Celebration. Work/Study students and their coaches attended to acknowledge the hard work, accomplishments and involvement this year and congratulate award winners.

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students took part in the Becoming YU program this fall/winter term. In the student's final check-ins, most stated that they were able to achieve their goals.
April student community drop-in sessions

A series of virtual and in-person drop-in sessions helped more than 300 students navigate questions related to the remediation period. Staff volunteers from across York guided students in finding the answers they needed to make informed decisions. 

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student community drop-in sessions were held on Keele and Glendon Campus.
Empowering your academic journey: elevate your experience with Black Excellence at York University

In February, Student Recruitment & Admissions invited BE YU to share information about the resources available through the program with prospective students. Scholarships & Bursaries also presented on the different ways to access funding and awards to ensure students have financial support.

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The information shared helped students learn about what is available to them at York.
Curls and Coils: Everything Black Hair

During Black History Month, the BE YU team hosted an event where they spoke about and celebrated Black hair. Guest speaker Natasha Sheppard, CEO and Founder of Kerl Beauty Inc. and Kam's Beauty Supply, joined the conversation and donated hair products to attendees.

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Speakers highlighted their unique and personal experiences associated with hair and its relationship with the Black community and society.
Presentation for Introduction to Gender & Women’s Studies

In February, Professor Beauchemin invited BE YU to the GWST 1502 6.0 class to give an overview of the program and services. Students learned about BE YU offerings, including events and workshops, which prompted some students to register for the program on the spot.

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BE YU presented an overview during the first 20 minutes of this LA&PS class – sparking inspiration.
Procrastination Awareness Week (PAW) connects students, staff and faculty from across Canada

Participants from 34 post-secondary institutions across Canada came together for PAW in March. Students benefitted from workshops, including an LSS critical thinking session, study halls, a resource library and opportunities to network with peers from across the country.

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sessions were offered throughout the week for the 500 registrants from post-secondary institutions in Canada.
Navigating Blackness in the workplace

A panel discussion, in collaboration with the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC), explored the empowering theme of Black voices. The three panellists shared their experiences, insights and strategies for overcoming challenges and thriving in academic and professional environments. 

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The panel included Masani Montague, managing director of Masani Productions, Muna-Udbi Abdulkadir Ali, assistant professor in EUC and Miquela (Kayla) Jones a second-year interdisciplinary student.
Student advising community hosts Winter Pop-up Fair

In February, the advising community came together for a winter edition of the Pop-up Fair. Students had the opportunity to connect with advisors from across the institution to ask questions, learn about services and explore graduate studies and law school.

students attended the Pop-up Fair.
Level Up! Professional Development Day

SAS hosted its first professional development day event in partnership with the Career Centre and Student Community & Leadership Development. Attendees were able to focus on their academic, leadership and career development.

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students joined the team for development day.
Graduate student certificate focuses on personal wellness and learning skills

Throughout this 5-week program, graduate students were able to enhance their motivation, reduce stress and connect with peers. As they reflected on personal experiences and applied evidence-based skills, they were able to refine their approach to learning and take action to improve well-being.

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interactions with graduate students took place during the fall and winter term sessions.
Black student success: community building, networking and belonging at York

In January, BE YU and the Faculty of Health conducted a session on providing students with tips for navigating their academic journey. This session allowed first-year Black students to connect with other Black students in the York community.

This event introduced students to BE YU and to other resources we have for Black students.
York Lions annual Academic All-Canadian Awards ceremony

In January, Athletics & Recreation held its annual academic awards banquet. The ceremony highlighted the outstanding academic achievements of student-athletes, honouring those who attained U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian status during the 2022-23 academic year.

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York University student-athletes achieved U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian status.

The ACMAPS office and the York University Mature Students' Organization (YUMSO) hosted a connection event on Tuesday, January 23. This event allowed new mature and transfer students who entered York for the winter term to meet with YUMSO executives, ACMAPS staff and peer mentors. 

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The event provided a warm welcome for 11 incoming mature and transfer students and allowed them to connect with their peers.
American Sign Language social hosted by Student Accessibility Services' student success mentors

Student Accessibility Services hosted its first American Sign Language (ASL) social. Students gathered to practice and learn ASL, get connected as a community and enjoy refreshments with student success mentors.

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students from diverse disciplines and years of study attended the ASL social.
Advising community launches new Student Advising at York landing page

The new site aims to bring clarity to all the different types of advising offered at York. Explore the new website to learn more and support students with effective referrals. 

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LSS and CISS collaborate to launch an in-person workshop series for Indigenous students

This winter, workshops will be held in a safe community space, and led by a LSS Indigenous peer. The peer's Learning Skills knowledge, and awareness of the needs of Indigenous students, creates a culturally relevant academic support that aims to bolster the success of Indigenous students.

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workshops are scheduled for the winter term.

In November, the BE YU team and mentees came together for a day filled with fun and laughter at the first social event of the term, Tea, Tunes & Talks, held at EUC’s Black Community Space. BE YU thanks EUC for the hospitality, as this has sparked a future partnership with more events to come.

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This event highlighted how BE YU has impacted the student journey, allowed mentees to see their mentors outside of the office environment and strengthened their relationships.
Transfer students get customized transitional support at Winter Orientation

On January 5, Transfer Credit, LA&PS Advising and ACMAPS came together to welcome newly admitted transfer students and support them with their transition to York. This session provided an understanding of transfer credit assessment and tips on academic success.

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Students showed interest in engaging with campus services after attending the event, with one participant stating "This was a great session!"

Student Accessibility Services began hosting therapy dog afternoons to support students' well-being during stressful fall term periods. These sessions allowed registrants to de-stress while spending time with a furry friend.

students attended and met Lucy, the therapy dog.
York’s new advising framework

A new advising framework was launched to bring colleagues across York together, and take a holistic and coordinated approach to student advising. The vision of this new framework is to support and empower students to realize their potential throughout their journey.

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colleagues contributed to the creation of the advising framework.
Launching success: York Lanes Career Lounge

The new York Lanes Career Lounge, across from the University Bookstore, debuted on Monday, November 6. Open every Wednesday and Thursday, this is a central hub for one-on-one sessions on resumés, job searches, LinkedIn support and more – aiding in shaping students' professional journeys.

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students visited on the first day.
Learning Skills support for academic reading and note-taking

Learning Skills Services introduced two new workshops, titled Effective Reading Strategies and Note-Taking Essentials. These events will provide students with a closer look at each topic, and an opportunity to practice and apply the presented strategies to their work. 

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students benefited from these new workshops in the fall term.
Learning Skills Services brings evidence-based learning strategies to thousands of first-year Faculty of Health students

LSS delivered workshops for Faculty of Health students during orientation and large first-year kinesiology courses. Students learned about skills in time management, note-taking, study strategies, critical reading and thinking to work toward success in their first semester.

interactions were held with first-year students in the Faculty of Health. Many of the students stated their intentions to try out the new strategies to help them study better.
Student Advising community hosts pop-up fair

In October, the advising community held a pop-up fair allowing students to connect with various advisors for guidance. Students had access to academic, records & financial aid, immigration, career and student-athlete advisors to ask questions and learn about their services.

students connected with advisors at the event.
Applying for graduate studies and academic accommodations

In collaboration with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Student Accessibility Services hosted its first workshop for prospective graduate students with disabilities. The session focused on applying to graduate studies and the academic accommodations available on campus to support their transition.

participants joined the session.
Students learn how to work and study abroad at the Go Global Fair

The Global Learning team at York International hosted its annual Go Global Fair on Oct. 5, where students found out how to optimize their post-secondary experience through global learning programs offered by York. 

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There are over 300 global partners in more than 65 countries for students to explore.
SAVY answers 2x the questions

Students turned to SAVY twice as often during this year's back-to-school period. While last year SAVY held just short of 1,800 conversations, in the last two weeks of August, and the first two weeks of September, it held 3,599 conversations in the same period this year.

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SAVY answered over 80% of all questions correctly during the back-to-school period, despite many complex questions that prompted a renewal of “how to talk to SAVY” promotional efforts.

Over the first three weeks of the term, students were supported through the Get Set for Success initiative. Peer leaders worked one-on-one with students to prepare them for the term by helping send their letters of accommodation and signing them up for accommodated tests and exams.

students received support through the Get Set for Success initiative.
5th anniversary of the York Lions rebrand

In 2018 a new era for the Pride was born. The York Lions updated the original logo to a modernized and majestic lion. The new logo received a positive reception from students, staff, faculty and the local community. This month marks its 5th anniversary!



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year anniversary!
Teaching incoming students consent training

During Orientation week, the Centre hosted events with each of York’s colleges and Faculties that focused on consent to increase awareness of its importance in the community, share existing support for survivors and promote ally engagement.

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students attended across the week of events and activities.
Helping incoming students prepare for the fall

In collaboration with Student Community & Leadership Development, Learning Skills Services demystified lecture environments and introduced note-taking strategies that students practiced during a mock lecture. With their peers, students discussed how they plan to approach university learning. 

students attended York 201 in both virtual and in-person formats. Over 80% of students reported being very likely to use a note-taking strategy they learned in York 201 in their future classes.
Welcoming students to Black Excellence at York University

In August, Black Excellence at York University (BE YU) hosted an event filled with recognition, networking and inspiration for incoming students. Keynote speaker Fikayo Aderoju talked about his journey to post-secondary, and panelists shared insights about their time as students at York. 

This event reinforced our EDI commitment in the Division of Students, and made a impact on transition and the student journey for incoming Black students.
Supporting the transition of students with disabilities

Student Accessibility Services hosted Project ADVANCE, a week-long enriched transition program for incoming students with disabilities. Thirty three students attended workshops on self-advocacy, services, wellness, community involvement and career development in collaboration with campus partners.

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of participants indicated that they felt very confident about navigating York University's campus both physically and virtually as a result of attending Project ADVANCE
Welcoming new mature and transfer students

The Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students (ACMAPS) welcomed new students during two orientation sessions in August. Students learned tips for success from current mature students, debunked myths about mature and transfer student learners and about a variety of resources on campus. 

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263 students joined Mature and Transfer Student Orientation online and 123 students attended Orientation in-person.
Supporting students with seamless service delivery and extended hours
In the first week of September, SSA ensured a seamless service delivery and coordinated with units across the University. The team extended hours of operation on Wednesdays until 6 p.m. for the first six weeks of the fall term.
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students were supported by SSA in person.
Assessing and evaluating your impact on the student journey

The Assessment Community of Practice has created a resource to support Division of Students colleagues with program assessments and evaluations. The new Assessment Framework contains considerations and recommendations on how to set the right intentions, ask the right questions, and support students.

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SAVY hits 100k conversations

SAVY, York's student virtual assistant, converses with thousands of students yearly about academic success, health & wellness, student life, campus services and career development. On June 28, SAVY had its 100,000th conversation, answering a question the student had about degree requirements.

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Questions were asked that day by the student who helped SAVY reach 100,000 conversations.
Building learning skills with our incoming students

Learning Skills Services offered three workshops this summer through YU Prep to help York's newest learners prepare for the fall term. In the Secrets of Academic Success: What You Won't Learn in Lecture session, incoming students explored the expectations of learners in university.

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Following the session, students reported feeling more connected and comfortable with York.
Mitacs research interns share their stories

A group of 50 students and faculty gathered for a panel discussion with Mitacs interns about their experiences as York students. Mitacs is a not-for-profit national research organization that operates research and training programs in fields related to industrial and social innovation.



Mitacs research interns make York their summer home
York has been participating since 2011 and has seen the program numbers of both participating faculty and students grow over the past 5years.
Launching a new GPA calculator

The Office of the University Registrar’s Student Records unit collaborated with the Student Systems, UIT, Faculty offices and faculty members to launch the new York Grade Point Average Calculator, which helps undergraduate students calculate their GPA with ease.

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The newly launched York Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculator helps students stay informed about their current grades and plan for future studies.
SAVY sees huge increase in usage

York and IBM launched SAVY's new software to improve SAVY's feature set, which was timed to coincide with the launch of the new eClass. After the launch, students had 8,112 conversations with SAVY in May and June, compared to 3,453 conversations during the same time frame last year.

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conversations with SAVY in eClass in May and June.
Lions Cup raises money to support student athletes

Athletics & Recreation raised $154,000 for scholarships at the 20th annual Lions Cup Golf Tournament, presented by TD Insurance. Nearly 100 golfers gathered at Wyndance Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ont., achieving the goal of providing financial assistance to student-athletes.

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raised to support student athletes at the 20th annual Lions Cup Golf Tournament.
Providing inclusive career programming: Classrooms to Careers for Students with Disabilities

In partnership with Student Accessibility Services, the Career Centre hosted the annual Classrooms to Careers for Students with Disabilities webinar series. This series equips students with knowledge to ensure a smooth transition into professional world.

Featured topics in this webinar series include: how to make career decisions and disability disclosures in the workplace.
New food security website providing resources and supports for students

The food insecurity roundtable launched a food resources website with a list of resources across York’s campuses. The website was created to increase awareness of supports as York’s 2022 Canadian Campus Well-being Survey data identified food security as a challenge for York students.

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Early efforts toward creating a learning skills eClass

Learning Skills Services (LSS) sponsored a community-based project with the EDST 4999 course, providing students an opportunity to gain practical experience in the education sector. Students created an interactive, asynchronous "playground" eClass that will be used later to develop an LSS eClass.

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Improving the Letters of Accommodation process for students

Since launching the Letters of Accommodation (LOA) portal in 2021, students have experienced a more seamless and accessible process with more than 25,000 letters delivered during the school terms. Prior to 2021, students were responsible for providing each of their professors with their LOAs.

Letter of Accommodations delivered through the portal: Fall/Winter 2021/22 = 28,517 and Fall/Winter 2022/23 = 29,308
Lions spotlights in celebration of Asian Heritage Month

Student-athletes and coaches of Asian descent were promoted by Athletics & Recreation in May. Students and coaches answered questions about Asian Heritage Month and what it means to them, which were published on the York Lions social media channels.

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York Lions are proud of the exceptional Asian student-athletes and coaches who are part of the varsity community.
Introducing new transition coaches at ACMAPS

The Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-Time Students will be introducing a new initiative for summer 2023 to support mature, part-time and transfer students: Transition Coaches. The Transition Coaches program will assist new incoming students with next steps after they enrol in courses. 

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The coaches will support mature, part-time and transfer students for the first time this year.
Learning Skills Services supports with procrastination

Learning Skills Services introduced a new workshop this year that quickly became one of the top five in-demand topics. In the new Motivation & Procrastination workshop, students learn about why we procrastinate, what drives our motivation and strategies to overcome barriers to getting down to work. 

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of students agreed or strongly agreed that they learned practical skills and strategies in the the new Motivation & Procrastination workshop that will help them to achieve their academic goals.
Celebrating accessibility

Student Accessibility Services hosted its annual End-of-Year Celebration with 19 Faculty and staff who were recognized for their commitment to student-centricity, collaboration, care and innovation for students with disabilities. Sixty York community members participated in the celebration.

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19 Faculty and staff were recognized for their commitment to supporting students with disabilities.
Celebrating the start of the summer term with international students

New international students joined York International on May 5 to form new friendships, learn about the supports available and celebrate the start of the summer term. The event wrapped up with students joining student leaders and volunteers for a guided tour of Toronto.

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New international students learned about what to expect about life as a student in Toronto. They were given tips and offered resources to help them navigate their time as a York student.
Athletics & Recreation hosts its annual award celebrations and banquets

York Lions returned in person to celebrate student athletes. The Intramural Banquet honoured internal York recreational athletes, while the Varsity Athletics Banquet highlighted significant athletic achievements from Lions teams.

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Attendees from the 57th Intramural Banquet and the 54th Varsity Athletics Banquet enjoyed returning back to in-person celebrations to highlight the achievements of the 2022-23 season.

Black Excellence at York University (BEYU) presented at the BSA Highschool Conference, Celebrating Black Joy & Brilliance, hosted by the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora in May. BEYU's session presented York University myth-busters and a student panel discussion.

This session positively impacted the student journey for high school students who are considering York University.
Launching the Black Excellence Network: A Community of Practice

The Black Excellence at York University (BEYU) team launched the Black Excellence Network: A Community of Practice on April 19. It brings together members of the York community and community partners who aim to create and sustain conditions where Black Students are seen, supported and celebrated.

The network impacts the student journey by building a network of people, knowledge resources and activities that responds to the needs of Black Students at York.
Improving procrastination among neurodiverse students

For National Procrastination Awareness Week, Student Accessibility Services hosted a session on Procrastination Strategies for the Neurodiverse. The workshop explored neurodiversity and effective time management strategies to support executive functioning.

individuals from across the country attended the session.
Improving student access to documents

One year after implementing the MyCreds digital credential wallet, the student records team have since seen a significant decrease in student issues related to accessing documents. The service is meeting students' needs, while also streamlining and adding efficiencies to business processes.  

Hard Copy Transcript Orders: 5,626 Official Integrated; 69 Law-Only Digitary Transcript Orders: 8,431 Unofficial; 33,314 Official (Integrated); 764 Law-Only
York International hosts second SDGs in Action Student Challenge Knowledge Fair

The Go Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Action Student Challenge empowers York students, along with their peers around the world, to take action toward the achievement of SDGs with a global lens. 

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participants, consisting of 78 students and 23 mentors from 11 countries, submitted 11 projects. Themes ranged from food insecurity, clean water, harm reduction and more.
York International hosts first-ever International Student Gala

York International recognized the contributions made by faculty, volunteers and students who have helped build a welcoming and supportive environment for international students. The sold-out event brought together the international student community to celebrate the year.  

students, staff and faculty attended the sold-out event. 20 awards were given to student staff and volunteers to recognize their hard work and dedication.
Global Learning hosts Pre-Departure Seminar for the first time in three years

York International's Global Learning team hosted over 120 students who plan on studying abroad in the upcoming summer, fall and winter terms. Participants will be heading to 26 countries around the world and attending 50+ partner universities. 

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Participants received safety abroad training, information about ways to stay engaged and participated in an intercultural and sustainability reflection.
Celebrating the accomplishments of Becoming YU students and coaches

Career Education & Development celebrated another year of student success during the Becoming YU End of Year Celebration in March. Awards were presented to: Althea Parala and Jack Onorati (LA&PS) for 2023 Coach of the Year and Eleseo Hernandez and Shania Mendes for 2023 Students of the Year.


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140 attendees heard from four panellists, two employers and two alumni about the importance of transferrable skills when job searching.
Transition supports for autistic high school students

SAS hosted a half-day transition event for 80 autistic high school students and their families/support people on February 17. Attendees participated in a student or parent workshop and a York student panel where tips and experiences about transitioning to post-secondary were shared. 

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of participants felt that the session greatly helped them prepare for the post-secondary transition and increased their confidence.
Launching a well-being podcast created by students

Well-being and YU is a new podcast focused on highlighting practical tips and information pertinent to the student experience at York. The student team is responsible to produce, record and edit the episodes. 

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Podcast topics range from stress to mindfulness and more. 
CIBC student refund portal

On February 28, Student Financial Services launched the CIBC student refund portal. In conjunction with the Convera portal, International students will now receive refunds in a fraction of the time back to the originating account. 

Student Financial Services has seen real-time results in returning funds to students in a fraction of the current timelines.
Employer Meet & Greet: Diversity and Inclusion Recruitment

Career Education & Development hosted the annual Employer Meet & Greet: Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment event on Thursday, March 2, at Founders Assembly Hall. Students who attended this event had the opportunity to connect with inclusive employers to learn more about their EDI hiring initiatives.

362 students registered for the event which featured 12 organizations, and 33 recruiters.
York's Van Thien Pham & Essete Tesfaye named as McCall MacBain Scholarship Finalists

Pham and Tesfaye are among 87 global finalists for the McCall MacBain scholarship. They completed a first round of regional interviews and will attend the final round of interviews in Montréal from March 8 to 12, meeting with leaders from academia, business, government and the social sector.

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Learning more about Student Accessibility Services

Sixty students received support accessing accommodations, navigating supports and creating schedules during a week-long, winter orientation event, Get Set for Success, for students registered with Student Accessibility Services. This event was offered by peer leaders.

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“It really helped me get my Alt Exams out of the way. I had help from other students and learned helpful suggestions that will be beneficial to me.” - Student Attendee
Launching Start Strong YU 2023

The new Start Strong website gives new and current students a resource to find information about the start of class, coming to campus and supports to ease some anxieties about the winter term. Students also had an opportunity to become familiar with SAVY and other available services at York.

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The Start Strong website provides helpful information including to-do's, finances, international support services, how to get involved in the York community and more.
Welcoming 400+ new international and exchange students

Hundreds of new, international and exchange students joined York International on Friday, January 6 to form new friendships, learn about the supports available and celebrate the start of the new year. On Saturday, January 7, 100 students joined social events, including a guided tour of Toronto.

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Over 450 international and exchange students were welcomed to York.

This year Winter Orientation had a new look! Following faculty specific welcomes, students attended sessions of interest that focused on navigating resources, anxiety reduction, goal setting and making connections. Orientation concluded with a club showcase, hot chocolate social and campus tours. 

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incoming students downloaded the Winter Orientation conference app.

On Thursday, January 26, the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education will host Consent Action Day. With speakers, practitioners and institutions across Ontario, this event will explore conversations on consent, healthy relationships, pleasure and healing through the arts.

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The event will be open to students, staff & faculty.
Hosting an employer meet and greet for students with disabilities

Career Education & Development will host an Employer Meet and Greet for Students with Disabilities on Thursday, January 12. Students will be able to connect with organizations hiring for positions, while learning about workplace culture, hiring practices and how they can apply.

Kicking off the new year with the Winter Career Fair

Career Education & Development will be hosting the annual Winter Career Fair on Thursday, January 19. Students will have the opportunity to meet with recruiters offering full-time, part-time, internship and co-op opportunities. 

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employers will be in attendance to promote various job opportunities.
SAVY improves its response to exam and holiday questions

Between December 8 and January 8, SAVY had 1,122 conversations with 414 students. SAVY answered 88% of all questions, including requests about academic tips, career advice, grades and York facts. This is an improvement over the same period last year, during which SAVY answered almost 80% correctly.

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students that SAVY served from eClass, many York websites, and direct URL, in its student success role of helping us meet students where they are to provide support services.

Communications planning is in full swing for the 2023 NSSE Administration. Partners across York got together in November to make plans for promoting engagement with the survey.

SCLD, CWTP, CHREI, The Centre and the NLR Library set up a display to remember those who have lost their lives to violence and celebrate those who have demonstrated extreme resilience. Following inspirational guest speakers, students were invited to leave positive messages for our trans community.

30+ members of the York Community attended the Vigil, with dozens of positive messages left on the display.
Engaging students on their well-being

Student engagement sessions were held throughout November to inform the Well-being Strategy draft, which will be later shared with the York community. Participants from both York campuses shared valuable insights on several aspects of their well-being needs.

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students attended engagement sessions throughout the month.

SCLD and various student organizations coordinated events focused on making connections. Students had the opportunity to make new friendships at the 2SLGBTQIA+ speed friending event, and learn traditional games like Mahjong and Chinese checkers at the East Asian board games night.

students participated in these events

This fall, SCLD collaborated with student organizations to coordinate a series of Community Welcomes for the East Asian, South Asian and Black Student Communities. Events included food, music and an opportunity for new and returning students to connect with student organizations.

student organizations collaborated to organize and support this years Community Welcome events.
Helping York students discover further education opportunities

Career Education & Development held its annual Graduate & Professional Studies Expo on Oct. 17 at the Second Student Centre. 

exhibitors from various schools connected with York students and alumni to share educational opportunities both in Canada and across the world.
International and exchange students welcomed to York University

York International hosted the President's International Student Reception on Thursday, Oct. 6. Attendees had the opportunity to meet President Rhonda L. Lenton, fellow peers and celebrate the new chapter in their academic journey.

New international and exchange students enjoyed an afternoon of celebration at the Welcome Reception.
Supporting students with disabilities in their transition to York

Through Project ADVANCE, peer mentors provided support to students with disabilities transition to post-secondary education. During July and August, mentors ran 27 workshops on topics including: navigating campus supports, self-advocacy, assistive technology and how to access accommodations. 

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students participated in the summer transition program, held virtually and in-person

To prepare for the 2022 Orientation, SCLD coordinated annual training for college and Faculty orientation leaders with a day of peer-facilitated sessions. Orient the Leader (OTL) taught trainees skills to ensure a safe, inclusive and exciting welcome for incoming York students.

OTL is a mandatory training for all orientation leaders. This year, over 500 student leaders attended OTL.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, York's Orientation was held in person for the first time in three years. A welcome dinner and ceremony hosted in the York Lions Stadium was coordinated by SCLD and undergraduate Faculties and colleges for new students.

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Over 8,000 students registered to attend York Orientation Day this year.
Orientation day for incoming Indigenous students

The Centre for Indigenous Student Services hosted an orientation and lunch at Skennen'kó:wa Gamig on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Incoming Indigenous students were introduced to staff, services and program opportunities offered.

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students attended the orientation and lunch to learn about CISS opportunities.
International Student Orientation hosts hundreds

Over 500 international and exchange students were welcomed on campus in August and September. The 3 day orientation gave students the opportunity to learn about life at York, make friends, meet campus partners and participate in activities at Tait McKenzie. Congratulations, and welcome! 

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Over 30 community and campus partners, and 50 staff and volunteers, welcomed international and exchange students over a multi-day orientation in August and September.
Students' family members learn more about York

As students moved into residence, parents were invited to attend an orientation hosted by SCLD. Parents and family members were introduced to York campus services through presentations from service areas, a performance by Vanier College Productions and a service fair reception.

Parents and family members attended the orientation session and reception.
Social orientation drives students back on campus

Campuses experienced high traffic over the 10-day period of social orientation, a positive reflection on the efforts of student colleges and Faculties. Throughout the summer, SCLD coordinated weekly training and development for student leaders and provided support for a successful orientation.

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Colleges and Faculties coordinated orientation activities unique to their programs and communities, while also collaborating to bring large scale events that inspired new student connections.
Inviting students to create a local and global impact

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Action Student Challenge empowers students around the world to act on the achievement of action projects. In workshops and discussions, students will develop global competencies, leadership and project management skills to take action on SDGs. 

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in funding to support student experiences (*up to) related to SDGs
Connecting globally to discuss internationalization in higher education

On Thursday, Nov. 17, the Sustainable on the Go (SOTG) virtual conference will bring together students, scholars, policymakers, sustainability experts and UN organizations to discuss international mobility and the challenges and opportunities of navigating in higher education.

Register here.

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Annual edition of the Sustainable on the Go conference, co-organized by York International. Register to attend the conference, scheduled to be hosted this November.
Supporting trauma-responsive practices

Student Counselling, Health & Well-being began its 36-month Sanctuary Implementation Project to increase sustainability of trauma-responsive practices in July. Training sessions focused on creating safe and healing environments for clients who have experienced chronic stress and adversity.

Throughout the summer, SCLD hosted a series of Student Organization Showcases. At the York 101 sessions, students from all years and programs were invited to come check out student organizations like the Robotics Society, YAMA Anime and Manga Association, York Cheerleading and more. 

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student organizations joined the showcase series.
Supporting students with disabilities transition to university

In partnership with a community school board and agency, Student Accessibility Services invited high school students with disabilities to York to support their move to post-secondary education. Visitors had the opportunity to speak to peer mentors and visit various services across the campus.

students with disabilities from York Region District School Board, in collaboration with Children's Treatment Network, enjoyed a visit to York University.
Celebrating the achievements of international student interns

The current cohort of MITACS Globalink Research Internship scholars, a competitive initiative for international undergraduate students, came together with faculty and staff to celebrate their achievements during the 2022 MITACS International Student Reception on Aug. 2.

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We were joined by 23 of our MITACS Interns, including our first interns visiting from Pakistan.
Providing access to employment opportunities for students in crisis

CED, York International and an industry partner collaborated on a joint initiative to create 13 employment opportunities for students with refugee status and students that were forcibly displaced due to conflict, persecution, human rights violations and violence.

Pre-Arrival Webinars help incoming international and exchange students

Six pre-arrival webinars provided valuable information to incoming international and exchange students. The series covered topics such as, what to pack when moving to Toronto, academic supports, health and wellness and ways to get involved on campus. Recordings can be found on the website.

Learn more about the Summer Pre-Arrival Webinars
Getting ready for international student orientation

York International is preparing to welcome incoming international students with a return to in-person orientation. Over three days, students will meet their peers, learn about campus services and participate in exciting activities aimed at easing the transition to a new country and campus life.

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Launching a new medical documentation form

Student Accessibility Services launched a new form that allows a seamless gathering of student registration documentation. Partners in Communications & Marketing designed the form to be fillable and compliant for accessibility.


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Recognizing high-achieving student-athletes

The Drew Green Lions Award recognizes student-athletes from the York Lions men's and women’s basketball teams. The award aims to ensure that talented, high-achieving student-athletes can realize their dream of a world class university education while competing as a York Lion.

Learn more about the Drew Green Lions Award
CED welcomes new Associate Director of Employer & Alumni Engagement

Tammy Kim-Newman joins the Career Education & Development team (CED) as the new Associate Director of Employer & Alumni Engagement. Joining from the University of Waterloo, Kim-Newman will support the development of a strategy to elevate employment opportunities for students and recent graduates.

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The new Student Organization Conference provided student leaders with training, development and networking opportunities. This conference is a mandatory component for student organizations to be recognized by York and also offers an opportunity to connect student organizations with campus partners.

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student organization leaders attended the conference and training sessions.
Making a bracelet to celebrate Pride

York community members celebrated, decorated and made their own bracelet in support of Pride! Hosted by the Student Community & Leadership Development’s student engagement team, materials and delicious snacks were provided.

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members of the York community dropped in to this event to make a bracelet, take pictures, or enjoy a cupcake!
Advancing Freedom of Expression

In collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, the team presented about the community impact, proactive event planning and considerations surrounding offensive expression at student-led events at a Canadian Association of College and University Student Services session.

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"Really enjoyed the session today, you and the team did a fantastic job with the content and approach."
Training the next generation of leaders

SCLD hosted a skills and development conference for students in paid and volunteer positions on May 13. This year's event featured a keynote presentation by YorkU Top 30 Under 30 Alumni, Farkhunda Muhtaj, who shared her journey as a humanitarian and sport activist and what resiliency means to her.

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Attendance at the Peer Leadership Training is added to students Co-Curricular Record.
Joining together to #DisplayYourPride

The Division of Students team, along with several GTA higher education institutions, celebrated Pride Month by participating in the annual #DisplayYourPride event on June 15 to build awareness and create safer, more 2SLGBTQIA+ affirming spaces on all our campuses.

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The Student Engagement team shared a list of recommendations for ways to #DisplayYourPride
Celebrating Pride month with Athletics & Recreation

Participate in this month’s events and sport the Lion's Pride Collection gear. 

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Recognizing faculty and staff supporting accessibility

“Our end-of-year celebration is a wonderful opportunity to see the interconnection between us – giving students a chance to nominate faculty and staff who have supported them in their academic journey,” says Maureen Barnes, Director of Student Accessibility Services. 

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faculty and staff were recognized at the end of year celebration in April.

All York students now have greater access to mental wellness student support through keep.meSAFE, which includes 24/7 multilingual counselling options. Student Counselling, Health & Well-being is working with other support units to promote this update.

Learn more about keep.meSAFE
Reviewing academic scheduling

As part of our commitment to service excellence, the Office of the University Registrar has launched an external review of the University’s academic scheduling practices. This review will assist in developing a more student-centred scheduling process, in collaboration with campus partners.

Celebrating the All Nations Pow Wow

The York community came together for the 20th All Nations Pow Wow on May 7. Hosted by the Indigenous Students Association at York, the event had huge turnout with support from the Centre for Indigenous Student Services, Student Engagement, Athletics & Recreation and student and staff volunteers.

More students use SAVY in May

SAVY, York's student virtual assistant, saw an increase in student use during May. The number of average conversations and number of students using the platform per day increased by 28 and 35 per cent, respectively, from April. Students mostly asked questions about eClass and summer course delivery.

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number of unique topics students asked SAVY in May.
Kicking off Pride month with a flag drop

The Division of Students collaborated with VPEPC, VPFA and C&PA to host the Pride opening ceremonies on June 2. The event featured the unfurling of a Pride flag in Vari Hall and treats were available to attendees as they visited tables set up by various campus departments and services.

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This event was open to all members of the York Community.

The first YODA Symposium brought together staff and students involved in the planning of orientation activities. The symposium, hosted by SCLD, featured a panel of York alumni sharing their experiences as orientation leaders and how their involvement at York supported their career growth.

staff and students attended the YODA Symposium
Women and Girls Leadership and Sport Conference

The Women and Girls in Leadership and Sport Conference brings together coaches, athletes, sport administrators and allies from across the country to be educated, empowered, and supported through a series of sessions by guest speakers.

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The 3rd installment of the event was themed leadership communication: language, crucial conversations and using your voice.
Athletics & Recreation hosts 54th annual Varsity Awards Celebration

The Varsity Awards Celebration recognizes the athletic achievements of top student-athletes and teams. Some of the most prestigious awards are given to graduating student-athletes who have excelled athletically, academically and within the community. 

Varsity Award Winners
York University Athletics & Recreation celebrated the 54th Annual Varsity Awards for the 2021-22 season, recognizing the tremendous athletic achievements of our top student-athletes and teams.
Athletics & Recreation hosts its 56th annual Intramural Banquet

The Intramural Banquet acknowledges the winners of tournaments and events, in addition to celebrating students who participate in intramural sport. This year’s banquet was celebrated virtually in April and can be viewed on the @yorkuintramurals Instagram account.


Watch the 56th Annual Intramural Banquet on the @yorkuintramurals Instagram account and celebrate the students and student-staff involved with the intramural sport program at York.
Improving the student experience with help from the Student Advisory Committee

The first Student Advisory Committee (SAC) provided valuable feedback throughout the 2021-22 academic year on opportunities to improve the student experience. Based on this insight, the Office of the University Registrar will be launching applications to join the 2022-23 SAC in early fall.

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students participated in the Student Advisory Committee, representing a diversity of backgrounds and experiences.
Lions spotlights in celebration of Asian Heritage Month

York Lions are proud of the exceptional Asian student-athletes and coaches who are part of the varsity community and Asian Heritage Month is a chance to highlight their accomplishments and contributions. Throughout May, profiles of Lions will be shared weekly.

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Highlighting Black excellence and achievements

The Black Excellence & Grit Black & Indigenous Varsity Student-Athlete Alliance Speaker Series features outstanding Black members of the community presenting on topics highlighting Black excellence and achievement. Sessions are virtual, ongoing throughout the year and available to all. 


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The series is organized by the Black & Indigenous Varsity Student-Athlete Alliance, a space created by student-athletes, that is catered to the experiences of Black and Indigenous varsity students.
Launch of digital transcripts

York went live with issuing transcripts for students though MyCreds on March 30. This marks a reflection of the modernization of student services York is striving to achieve. This achievement was made possible through collaborations between staff and campus partners. 



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This marks an equitable and modern approach for students to seamlessly access their transcripts.

Due to the success of January's Care Ambassadors Program, SCLD re-visioned the ASK ME Program. Stationed at four locations throughout York’s Keele campus, ASK ME ambassadors answered questions about wayfinding, campus services and York’s health and safety requirements. 

Ask Me Ambassadors responded to approximately 800 inquiries throughout March 2022. Over 50% of questions were regarding masks.
Launch of York's first Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey

In March, the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey was issued to all York students, giving them the opportunity to share their experiences and shape a culture of wellness on our campuses. Survey results will be used to enhance health and well-being resources and services available to students.

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responses from students were gathered over the duration of the survey, offering valuable insights on York’s health and well-being programs, services and initiatives.
CISS End of Year and Graduation Celebration

The Centre for Indigenous Student Services hosted a Graduation Celebration to commemorate the achievements of York’s graduating students with friends and family before they continue to the next part of their journey.

members of York Community, friends and family and students from undergraduate and graduate programs attended.
First End-of-Year Celebration for Becoming YU and the Work/Study Program

The Becoming YU and Work/Study Program came together to virtually celebrate the accomplishments of York’s Work/Study students and Becoming YU coaches on March 30. Students and coaches were invited to hear from employers and alumni who shared their thoughts on the value of transferable skills.

Watch the celebration
1,039 Work/Study students and 288 Becoming YU coaches have been actively engaging in the Becoming YU Program since the beginning of the 2021-2022 academic year.
York's Anmol Kaur named as a McCall MacBain Scholar

BA International Studies student, Anmol Kaur has been named a McCall MacBain Scholar! While at York, she joined York’s Research Apprenticeship Program and serves as a student ambassador. Kaur worked part-time as a research assistant, examining the protection of women’s and children’s rights.

Learn More about York's McCall MacBain Scholar, Anmol Kaur
Only 20
Canadians chosen as a McCall MacBain Scholar, an intensive leadership-based scholarship that supports master’s and professional studies at McGill University.
York University Top Scholar Networking Event for students

Over 70 students attended a March event about available prestigious awards/scholarships and how to create an impactful and meaningful application to grad school and external scholarships. Students were thrilled to learn about scholarship opportunities and network with panelists and others.

"Sincerely, thank you for this information! Highly informative and encouraging," said one of the attendees.
Demystifying disability

Student Accessibility Services and the Division of Students' Communications team launched a social media campaign aimed at demystifying disability. The first of four posts went out over Twitter and Facebook in February and will continue into April. #YorkAccessibility

Learn more about the campaign
Student Equity & Diversity Census embedded in fall course enrolment

This fall 2022 students will access the Student Equity & Diversity Census during their course enrolment. The Census pilot launched (via email) with a 20% response rate in fall 2021.

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The Census will ask about gender identity, sexual orientation, ethno-racial ancestry and Indigeneity, disability status, religion, place of birth, language, and education of students' guardians.
2022 Summer Abroad Courses in LA, Netherlands and Mexico

Students can pursue summer abroad opportunities this summer. Opportunities include learning about Los Angeles' film and media industry, the vital role the Netherlands plays in the EU and enhancing Spanish skills in Mexico.

Learn about opportunities students have to go global
Division of Students hosts Learning Days in February

Staff learned about key findings from student journey maps developed last fall and how these findings have been applied (SAVY, SSRP and the website re-development project) during the Learning Days on Feb. 22 and 23. Participants contributed to interactive breakout sessions to pave the way forward.

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Division of Students' staff and friends participated in the February Learning Days
Procrastination Awareness Week

Procrastination Awareness Week offers students from across North America a virtual study hall and a series of remote learning skills workshops in March. The YorkU Learning Commons will be presenting our YU Got This!: Academic Tips & Tools for End of Term workshop as part of this week.

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post-secondary institutions across North America, including York University, host Procrastination Awareness Week

The Vari Hall Kiosk re-opened in late January to support students returning to in-person activities at York's Keele Campus. The kiosk is open from Monday to Thursday and is run by the Student Engagement Team who can answer questions, such as wayfinding, services and getting involved on campus.

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inquiries that Student Engagement Ambassadors have responded to since reopening Jan. 31
Strengthening transitions through Autism Spectrum Transition Day

Autism Spectrum Transition Day provides additional support for students with autism. High school students diagnosed with autism attend a half-day workshop preparing them for the post-secondary education transition, while their guardians attend a presentation and peer-parent panel with a Q&A session.

118 people
registered for this February event that hosted school groups and families. There were great conversations with prospective students, their families and high school educators.
Black Excellence in COVID Times: Connections and Conversations Celebrating BHM

The Black Excellence at York University (BE YU) team hosted an interactive panel conversation as part of Black History Month on Feb. 23. Featuring undergraduate and graduate students, the panel explored a variety of themes related to Black experience and Black excellence at the University.

The BE YU team also offered peer mentoring, a four-session leadership series and is collaborating with Student Success partners and Alumni Affairs to offer a career development series.
Supporting newly admitted transfer students

The Atkinson Centre for Mature & Part-time Students (ACMAPS) led six sessions for new transfer students, collaborating with campus partners, including Recruitment & Admissions and LA&PS Academic Advising. The most impactful session was Newly Admitted: The Transfer Process with the Faculty of LA&PS.

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89% said the sessions were relevant, 100% had vast awareness of the transfer process, 89% understood the program checklist and how credits are allotted and 88% valued learning about ACMAPS
Connecting York students with inclusive and equitable employers

Career Education & Development invited students to connect with hiring recruiters during the Employer Meet & Greet: Diversity and Inclusion Recruitment Event, where they learned about upcoming career opportunities with inclusive and equitable employers. 

Participating employers included BMO Financial Group, Bruce Power, KPMG, Labatt Breweries of Canada, LCBO, NielsenIQ, RBC, Rogers Communications Inc., Scotiabank, SNC-Lavalin and TD Bank Group.
Join us and celebrate Black History Month

The Division of Students is hosting multiple events during Black History Month (BHM), including, but not limited to: Black Excellence in COVID Times: Connections & Conversations Celebrating Black History Month; Career Resources for Black Students; Racialized Students Support Groups and more.

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Join us as we celebrate, honour and reflect on the various journey’s our panelist have encountered, and how their resilience has moved them forward in healing. We welcome you to celebrate International Women’s Day with us as we create connection across communities.


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Internationally-educated nurses to support international student wellness

Ten internationally-educated nurses in York's Nursing program will join York International for their community placement. These students will work on initiatives such as wellness consultations, the Ask a Nurse social media campaign and other health and wellness projects for international students.

Supporting incoming students with disabilities

Student Accessibility Services hosted a virtual event to provide information to incoming prospective students with disabilities and their families. The workshop, held on Jan. 19, provided attendees with necessary information and resources to ease their transition to post-secondary education.

families attended the live session.
Helping students expand their network

Student Accessibility Services supports students with making connections through its virtual programming. Programs include Virtual Support Zone, Time Management Tuesday and Peer Mentor drop-ins. Each event is student-driven and socially engaging.

students regularly attend weekly programming, which is supported by peer mentors and social work students.
Launch of a new well-being survey for Students

The Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey helps Canadian post-secondary institutions better support campus health and well-being. As part of York's commitment to well-being, all students, across both campuses, are invited to participate from Feb. 28 to March 18.

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Learning to lead after the pandemic

Students and graduates attended the Spark: Winter Leadership Summit, organized by The Office of Student Community & Leadership Development and Alumni Engagement, to help attendees build leadership capacity with the return to society and help them thrive in the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic.

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students, staff and alumni registered for the conference.
York's Anmol Kaur named as a McCall MacBain Scholarship finalist

Anmol Kaur (BA'22) is in the running for the McCall MacBain Scholarships, Canada’s first comprehensive, leadership-based scholarship program for master’s and professional studies. Kaur will be among 50 Canadian finalists representing 28 universities at a final round of interviews in March.



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scholars will be selected after final interviews. Finalists were selected from 700 applicants.
Envision YU Initiative featured in University Affairs' Skills Column

Envision YU, a collaboration between Learning Commons and Teaching Commons, was featured in University Affairs magazine. The article featured their work on an eClass toolkit that provides accessible career training in the classroom. It is expected to launch to faculty during the winter term.

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New art therapy workshop teaches stress management

The Art of Letting Go workshop encourages participants to explore different and creative ways to release stress. Attendees go through a series of process-focused art and mindfulness practices. No prior art experience is required to join this workshop.


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Introducing students to jobs with the Government of Canada

Career Education & Development partnered with the Government of Canada to provide students with opportunities to connect with hiring managers from the Federal Government, which included the Strategies for Getting Hired with the Federal Government virtual panel and a virtual speed hiring event.

Join the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education as we raise awareness about consent during Consent Action Week at York U from Jan. 24 to 28. Virtual workshops, guest lectures and training is open to students, staff and faculty.


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Join us for Consent Week from January 24 - 28, 2022
Launching a Virtual Welcome campaign

The Virtual Welcome campaign bridges the return to in-person learning. QR codes are displayed at key service points across campus offering the community virtual access to the Start Strong YU website, the campus map, the SAVY virtual assistant and live chats with Student Engagement Ambassadors.


Current Students websites begin redesign process

The website redevelopment project, led by the Communications & Marketing team in partnership with experts across the Division, will deliver engaging, relevant and timely information to students in a user-friendly manner. Websites will be completed by summer 2022.

websites across the division to be redeveloped in 2022.
Redesigned Future Students website launches

Phase I of a redesigned website for prospective York students launched in December 2021. The project, a collaboration between Student Recruitment & Admissions & the Communications & Marketing teams, offers a student-centric website that merges a data-driven design with a user’s application journey.

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Phase 1 analyzed 1,100+ pages, leading to enhanced navigation, relevance, and experience for applicants. The team introduced student-centric language and narratives to emphasize the York experience.
Welcoming students through Winter Orientation 2022

The Division of Students offered a wide variety of orientation programming for all new and incoming students on Jan. 7. Students attended a virtual welcome session which included a panel of students providing advice to new students on how to be successful in their first year at York.

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Students joined Winter Orientation 2022 from 25 countries (including Canada and the U.S.).
SAVY Wins the 2021 Gartner Eye on Innovation Award

York University has won the 2021 Gartner Eye on Innovation Award for Higher Education in the category of Student Experience for our work on SAVY, our student virtual assistant. This award recognizes all the members of the York community whose contributed to SAVY.

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awards won by SAVY in 2021 - the CUCCIO Innovation Award and the Gartner Eye on Innovation Award for Higher Education.
Welcoming students during Winter 2022 Orientation

Winter Orientation 2022 offers a wide variety of programming for all new and incoming students. It is a great way for new students to meet new people, discover campus resources and learn all about their degree while providing students with a smooth transition to York.

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SAVY answers 34,000 questions in 2021

SAVY, York's student virtual assistant, answered 34,555 questions from 9,964 unique students since January 1, 2021. The busiest days for questions were January 13 and September 7. In its lifetime, SAVY has answered more than 62,000 questions from just under 16,500 unique students.

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times SAVY responded to the most popular question linking students with campus advisors based on their needs

As part of our commitment to building a community of care, the Care Ambassadors Program is designed to help all community members safely transition to being back at York. Ambassadors will help community members access general campus services and will promote York’s health and safety requirements.

Become a Care Ambassador
300+ students, staff, and faculty have submitted applications to the care ambassador program
First Student Equity & Diversity Census closes

After consultation with students and the York community, York introduced its first Student Equity & Diversity Census. Students were invited to participate from Sept. 21 to Oct. 29. Twenty per cent of York's students responded. A report will be made available on the VPS website in 2022.

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response rate to the 11-question Student Equity & Diversity Census.
Census Days drives survey completions

Census Days, led by SCLD, took place on Oct. 19 and 27 to help encourage students to complete the Student Equity & Diversity Census Survey. With support from volunteers across the Division, students were invited to complete the survey while being treated to candy and additional prizes.

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students completed the survey, with over 200 students completions as a result of Census Days.
Epilepsy and U accommodation guide released

Student Accessibility Services worked in concert with Epilepsy Toronto to create Epilepsy and U, a guide for accommodations for students with epilepsy. The website aims to educate how to support and accommodate students with seizures.

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About 300,000 Canadians (1% of the population) are affected by this seizure disorder. Each year, 1 in 2,000 is diagnosed with epilepsy.
Becoming YU launches program for international students

Becoming YU piloted its first-year program with international students in November. The Becoming YU First-Year Program provides students with a pathway of experiences that will help them succeed at the start of their journey at York University and beyond.

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students enrolled in the program.
Digital marketing campaigns foster connections with prospective students

The Communications & Marketing Team successfully launched digital marketing campaigns to support student recruitment, internationalization and strategic enrolment management priorities. Campaigns engaged prospective students around the world using Google Ads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.

priority programs promoted in 21 countries
Accommodations Guide for Students, Faculty and Academic Staff

SAS is part of a pan-university group aiming to support students in settings outside the classroom. The Academic Requirements in Placements, Practicums, Experiential Education and the WIL Working Group developed two resources to support the creation of effective accommodations.  



Division of Students October Learning Days

The Division of Students hosted Learning Days for staff on October 14 & 15, 2021. Staff learned about York University's student demographics, heard from a panel of Divisional staff about how they are living the Divisional values,  and worked across units to develop student journey and empathy maps.

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staff attended the Division of Students October Learning Days!
Two Mental Health Workshops for Staff

SCHW's Health Education & Promotion team is offering two mental health workshops for staff and faculty. Navigating Mental Health Resources 101 & Mental Health 201 provides well-being resources and strategies to support students in their academic journey.



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To register or request a workshop, contact colleagues in Student Counselling Health & Well-being.

From October to December 2021, Art Therapy group sessions are available for all York University community members. Participate and explore the therapeutic benefits of art making, such as: self-expression, stress relief, relaxation, and much more!

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No artistic experience is required and all artistic levels are welcome! Paper and colouring instruments are all that is needed to participate.

This campaign, Kindness is the New Normal, is being celebrated and encouraged throughout the community during the months of October and November 2021.

Spread Kindness
This is a semester like no other. As we all adjust to new ways of being around each other, let’s show kindness online and in-person as we return to campus this Fall and Winter.
Community Welcome for Black Students

SCLD, along with Black Student Associations and other student governments, held the first ever Community Welcome for Black students. The 2-day event included both virtual activities and an outdoor gathering for students to meet various communities on campus that support Black students.

The event had over 150 registrants and was seen as a huge success by students and staff alike. The event could not have happened without the collaborative efforts of York's Black student leaders.
Promotions Improve Student Satisfaction Indicators & MacLean's 2022 Rankings

Targeted and ongoing digital student service promotions improved York University's Student Satisfaction indicator rankings in MacLean's 2022 Rankings. York University is now ranked 6th overall and 13th in Student Satisfaction against all other comprehensive universities in Canada.

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7 of 10 improved Student Satisfaction indicators relate to Academic Advising, Mental Health Services, Extracurricular Activities, Residence Life, Indigenous Visibility, and Sexual Violence Prevention.
Virtual & In-Person Fall Orientation

New students attended virtual and in-person Fall Orientation activities. York Orientation Day was held virtually on September 3, 2021, which included Academic Orientation and a Welcome Ceremony video. The video has been seen over 3,688 times.

Watch the Welcome Ceremony
York's Welcome Ceremony was a pan-university collaboration that included video submissions from staff across the Division of Students, Athletics & Recreation, YFS, and student clubs.

To support students returning to campus, the Division of Students organized Ask Me Booths from September 13 to 17, 2021. More than 15 volunteers interacted with students outside of the Bennett Centre for Student Services, the Kanneff Building, and inside the Vari Hall Kiosk.

volunteers from across the Division of Students signed-up to participate in the Ask Me Booth program.
Back to school questions? SAVY's got the answer!

SAVY, York's student virtual assistant, answered 15,382 questions in 8,153 conversations held during York's back-to-school period, from August 25 to September 29, 2021. During that time, SAVY saw a total of 3,138 student logins and was able to answer 88.6% of all their questions.

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SAVY answered 88.6% of 15,382 questions in the period from August 25 to September 29, 2021.
Office of the University Registrar (OUR) Strategic Plan

The Office of the University Registrar (OUR) is developing strategic priorities, aspirational goals, and supporting actions that align with the Division of Student's Strategic Plan. OUR staff reviewed the draft OUR plan on October 14 and 15. The final OUR plan will be released in early November.

More than 100 staff participated in the OUR Learning Days on October 14 and 15, 2021.
Kindness is the New Normal and it all begins with YU.

This is a semester like no other. One thing we all have in common is that we are all adjusting to a new normal. This adjustment all begins with YU. This fall, we launched the Kindness Campaign complete with tips for spreading kindness, a Kindness Toolkit, and a list of support services for students.

Spread Kindness across our Community
page views to the Kindness Campaign website since it launched this September 2021.
Project Advance: Transition Program for Students with Disabilities

Project Advance is designed for students transitioning from high school to university. Virtual sessions were held from August 3rd to August 31st, 2021. Students developed self-advocacy skills, learned about resources and wellness supports, assistive technology, engaged in eClass and met peers.

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students from AMPD, ED, ES, Health, LAPS, Lassonde, Science & Schulich participated. The sessions were peer-leader driven. Workshops held included Zoom, E-Class, self-advocacy & services.
Celebrating International Students Starting their Journey at York

After 18 months of virtual events and orientations, International Student Orientation was held both virtually and in-person. In addition to online orientation, York International held 3 in-person picnics for 150 first and second year international students to meet and make connections.

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In addition to online International Student Orientation, York International held 3 in-person picnics for 150 first and second year international students.
SAVY Answers 90% of Student Questions

For the first time, SAVY achieved a 90% success rate in answering student questions. SAVY has consistently answered about 80% of student questions. Reaching 90%, even as the number of questions peaks with the beginning of term, is a huge benefit to students.

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of student questions were answered by SAVY from August 26 to September 1, 2021.
Internationalizing Curriculum through Globally Networked Learning (GNL)

This year, 12 courses will feature GNL collaborations in AMPD, LA&PS, Education, Health, and Glendon College. The GNL Project team will also be hosting free monthly information sessions and weekly drop-ins for York U faculty and staff to learn about the pedagogy, funding, and supports.

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featured courses
International Indigenous Student Exchange Program Launches this Fall 2021

This September 2021, the second edition of the Program welcomes Indigenous students from York University and their peers in Australia, Ecuador, Mexico, and the Philippines. The students will engage in weekly dialogue and collaborative projects around themes relating to Global Indigeneity. 

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Indigenous students from 7 countries will come together to collaborate and learn about topics related to Global Indigeneity.
Welcoming International Students to Campus this Fall

In collaboration with many units across campus, York International supported the arrival of 1600+ students to Canada. The Quarantine Implementation team continues to facilitate support, accommodations, webinars, and daily check-ins for international students as they prepare to join us on campus. 

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international students were supported by York University's Quarantine Implementation Team throughout their arrival in Canada this fall.
SAC Applications Now Open!

The Office of the Registrar's Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is now recruiting student representatives! Students will have the opportunity to provide input on a diverse range of initiatives, including strategic planning, the student website re-design, handbooks and much more! 

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Division of Students August Strategic Planning Days

The Division of Students Strategic Planning Days were held Aug 5 & 6 2021. Staff learned about and contributed to the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan through engaging in dialogue, reconnecting & working across units in the Division. More learning opportunities will be provided in October.

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Recordings of the Strategic Planning Days will be made available for staff on the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students website shortly.
Launch of the International Indigenous Student Exchange Program 2021-22

This Fall, York University is launching the second edition of the International Indigenous Student Exchange Program which aims to provide opportunities for dialogue and cooperation between Indigenous York students and their peers in Australia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and the Philippines.

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The International Indigenous Student Exchange Program is a space for Indigenous students from around the world to meet, collaborate, and learn about Indigenous histories, cultures, and current issues.
Globally Networked Learning (GNL) Takes Off At York

GNL is a pedagogical approach that enables students and Faculties in different parts of the world to collaborate and learn together. Since its launch, 600+ York and partner students have participated in GNL courses offered by LA&PS, Faculty of Health, Glendon, and Lassonde School of Engineering.

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York and partner students have participated in GNL courses offered by LA&PS, Faculty of Health, Glendon, and Lassonde School of Engineering.
BE YU partners with TDSB Black Student Summer Leadership Program

Through July 2021, Black Excellence at York University (BE YU) partnered with the Toronto District School Board to take on three soon-to-be undergraduate students as part of the Black Student Summer Leadership Program. Participants worked with BE YU mentors and created a culminating presentation.

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One of our participants will be heading to McGill University and York staff have connected this student leader to staff at McGill to support their involvement with EDI programming there.
Motivating Students to Start Strong this Fall

We can't wait to welcome students to York this Fall! Start Strong YU motivates, supports, and reassures students by bringing back-to-class, campus access, and student services information on one website. The site includes helpful resources, informational videos, and a directory of student services.

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Fathers have had a lot on their plates during this pandemic. To provide a safer space for dads, The Centre is hosting weekly support groups starting on June 20 to connect, converse and share coping strategies about during these unprecedented times.

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Service Excellence Program (SEP): Student Services Stream

York introduced the Student Services stream within the SEP, co-sponsored by Darran Fernandez and Dean McMurtry. The team just completed focus groups with students, an important step to improving processes and structures at York. This feedback will be vital in informing University initiatives.

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Student Counselling, Health & Well-being launched its inaugural Health & Wellness Student Needs Assessment Survey in June to better understand student perceptions on health and well-being services. Data from the survey will be used to evaluate and enhance services available to York students.

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The survey, running from June 14 - August 5, 2021, asks what students think about our services, the way they are offered, what is working and where we can improve.
A new Student Advisory Committee (SAC) at the OUR

The OUR will be introducing the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) this academic year to ensure that policies, projects and services reflect students’ diverse thoughts, ideas and perspectives. Students can apply to the SAC starting this September. We look forward to kick-starting this initiative!

Student Equity & Diversity Student Census

In Fall 2021, York will launch its inaugural Student Equity & Diversity Census. To serve all our students, we must first know more about them. The Census will support our commitment to creating inclusive learning environments through better understanding the characteristics of our student body.

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Award news for SAVY

SAVY, York's Student Virtual Assistant, has reached the final stage of CUCCIO's 2021 Innovation Awards, honouring IT projects that advance teaching, learning, research or administration in Canadian higher ed. Congratulations to the team members who contributed to this nomination and SAVY's success.

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Since September 1, 2020, SAVY has had 38,021 conversations with 15,916 students in areas such as academic success, health and wellness, student life, campus services and career development.

York University Pride 2021 will be held on June 21-25, 2021, and will celebrate and honour Artists and Activism. The week of Pride is being organized by SexGen, with the support of The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education and the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion.

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Over the past year, the OUR engaged in an external review process that made various recommendations, including creating a strategic plan. Across the OUR, staff engaged in meaningful conversations about the process and the development of a strategic plan that is student centered and service focused. 

Learning Skills Services Presents at Learning Specialist Association of Canada

Learning Skills Specialists, Cathy Boyd-Withers and Nicole Joron, shared innovative work to a national audience about Student Guide to Remote Learning & Remote Student Team Building and Personal Wellness & Learning Skills Certificate Program (a partnership with FGS supporting graduate students).

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Unique visitors to the Student Guide to Remote Learning website during Fall/Winter 2020-2021.

Student Accessibility Services recently celebrated and recognized faculty and staff at our first-ever virtual End of Year celebration with a focus on resilience. We also congratulated our recent graduates and returning students.

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A total of 17 awards were presented at the 2020/21 celebration (15 Faculty, 1 team, and 1 staff). In 2019/20, 15 awards were given (10 Faculty, 1 team, 4 staff).
Supporting BIPOC & Queer Students on Campus

Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, SCHW engaged in bi-monthly clinical consultations on the topic of anti-oppressive practice. In May 2021, guest speakers from CAMH facilitated a departmental workshop on supporting Black Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) and queer students.

When supporting student well-being, it is crucial that we address power dynamics, validate lived experiences, and create opportunities for students to actively participate in their care.
Enhancing Student Experiences through Website Redevelopment

Led by the VPS Communications & Marketing team, Divisional websites are undergoing major redevelopment to centre on user experiences and student journeys. Consultations are underway for key websites. Other sites across the Division will be introduced to the project starting Fall 2021.

In April, the SCLD hosted the 12th Annual Peer Leadership Training Conference. Student leaders participated in asynchronous training modules, networking sessions, live workshops and an alumni keynote panel featuring some of York's Top 30 Under 30 Changemakers.  



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16 developmental sessions, 2 live sessions, 14 learning modules, 150+ participants.
Division of Students Releases 2-Year Strategy Report (2018-2020)

We’ve accomplished a lot -- and it’s time for us to celebrate! Check out the 2-year report that highlights major accomplishments completed across the Division.

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2018-2020 Division of Students strategy report launched!
Building resilience among students with parenting responsibilities at ACMAPS

In February 2021, ACMAPS teamed up with the York University Psychology Clinic to host Building Resilience During the Pandemic, a workshop on setting priorities, coping with stress, and building optimism for students with parenting responsibilities.

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100% of evaluation respondents reported the event was relevant to their needs, 89% said they felt better equipped after attending the session, and 89% will be able to use what they learned.
Over 300 Globally Engaged Students at YorkU

YI in partnership with faculties and 30+ global partners supported the participation of 300+ students in Globally Networked Learning, virtual exchanges, and remote internships, helping them develop global and intercultural perspectives and digital skills. More info on Global Engagement enewsletter!

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Globally Engaged Students at YorkU!
Welcoming International Students through the Pandemic

York International (YI) welcomed 1,030+ students virtually, building community and providing resources through virtual orientation. YI also coordinated the Quarantine Implementation plan, arranging hotel stays and daily check-ins for 1,100 arriving students to ensure safety and well-being.

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Students welcomed through virtual programming and the Quarantine Implementation plan
Black Excellence at York University (BE YU) supports Black student success

BE YU supports York's Black students to transition to university and maximize their student experience on the path to graduation. BE YU champions the academic, professional and personal success of York’s Black student community through workshops, events, mentoring, academic advising and more.

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Athletics & Recreation Forms Black & Indigenous Varsity Student-Athlete Alliance

Athletics & Recreation forms the Black and Indigenous Varsity Student-Athlete Alliance (BIVSAA) to gain an understanding of Black and Indigenous student-athlete experiences. Insights will help to identify issues, inform solutions, make progress, and foster meaningful growth within the Lions family.

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Athletics & Recreation Launches Black Excellence & Grit Speaker Series

Led by the Black and Indigenous Varsity Student-Athlete Alliance (BIVSAA), Athletics & Recreation Launches the Black Excellence & Grit Speaker Series. This series intentionally places a Black lens on conversations related to identity, social justice and professionalism.

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This year, York joined ARUCC to deliver digital documents to students through MyCreds - a trusted, centralized digital wallet that is easily accessible. This development is a critical step in modernizing our services to meet student needs and help them succeed, which is a central tenet of the UAP.

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York becomes one of the earliest adopters of digital credentialing in Canada.