Monthly Updates

Division of Students Strategic Plan 2020-2025Monthly Updates

Curious about initiatives, projects, and updates across the Division of Students? Below is a month-by-month compilation of stories, reports, and achievements to celebrate progress, learnings, and success.

January 2023What's New?

Impact the Student Journey

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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500+
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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70+
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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414
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.