The Division of Students advances York University’s mission by providing services, programs and facilities that foster academic success, student development and an engaged community. We support and inspire students to contribute as global leaders. This website serves as an overview of the strategy and a home for monthly progress updates.
Working in tandem, Divisional Commitments, Foundational Lenses, and our Core Values ensure that we create a solid foundation that can withstand change and keep us anchored in what is meaningful to our work.
Student Community and Leadership Development has partnered with The Centre for Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion to host a three-part virtual education series about recognizing, dismantling, healing and ultimately – “Unlearning Hate”.
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.
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.
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.
This 10-part eLearning series, This Place: 150 Years Retold, is based on the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed graphic novel anthology. Launched this fall, each session guides participants through the stories that reflect a rich history of Indigenous resistance and resilience.
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.
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.
Recruitment & Admissions, Communications & Marketing and Student Systems are developing plans to recruit and admit our first class cohort (Fall 2023) at Markham! A major milestone is the recent refresh of the Markham website where prospective students and their parents can see the program offerings.
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.
Divisional commitments frame our goals and initiatives and state our priorities. Learn more about the 11 priorities embedded across these commitments by reading more below.
People are our most important resource. Success relies on staff who are knowledgeable and confident in what they do and whom they serve. Development, support and concern for staff will be central as we meet the challenges of a changing landscape and continue to look for ways to improve programs and services.Discover More About Invest In Our People
Ensuring that the Division continues to reinforce values and develop culture is important to our ability to deliver on the plan and provide service to our students. The lenses which inform decisions, and influence programs and services are necessary to ensure that we consider all students in the work we do, and all staff in how we design learning and growth.
Relationships across and outside our Division are critical to establish seamless, efficient, and accessible services for students. Much of what we deliver and who we assist has impact beyond the Division. Intentional and collaborative relationships shape a better experience for all.Discover More About Reinforce Our Foundation
Students expect and rely on timely service, meaningful interactions, opportunities for growth outside of the classroom, and tangible support. No matter where a student is in their journey our objective is to ensure that they feel a sense of belonging and have the confidence to engage in challenging studies, conversations and opportunities that will help them forge a path toward their goals, aspirations and needs.Discover More About Impact the Student Journey
Our Future begins now. With the addition of the new York University Markham Campus, it is imperative that we refine our holistic student service delivery. The pandemic has taught us that we also must provide services in all ways that reach our students – for example, not only in person but also online/remote.
There is a need to shift towards systems which integrate the ever-expanding use of data in ways that can create more efficient transactions and use of information. We must also re-examine the ways students interact and engage with learning and services to focus on the most impactful ways to help them succeed.Discover More About Create Our Future
Foundational Lenses guide our thought processes, development and assessment across all Divisional commitments.
An equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment means embedding principles of EDI in everything that we do. All actions and interactions are informed by the lived experience of individuals who face systemic barriers in accessing postsecondary education.
We must be intentional about removing barriers to gaining access and being successful within postsecondary education. Access is achieved when qualified individuals regardless of backgrounds or socio-economic status have clear pathways to enter postsecondary, and when navigating processes and services are easy. All community members strive to ensure that processes, services, and programs are easy to access.
Well-Being is a necessary pre-condition of working and learning. The current UAP identifies the need to create a sense of belonging, have a common purpose, and share responsibility in supporting each other to ensure that all members of our community feel welcome. These elements promote an environment where students and staff thrive and flourish.
Learning is reaching outside of comfort zones, discovering what is required to grow and committing to making those changes for improvement. A learning mindset at work and during interactions with students will help to discover the most effective, efficient and caring ways to be partners in success every time we connect with a student.
While values may evolve as we grow, our core values underpin all Divisional Commitments and provide guidance for navigating difficult decisions and situations.