The Division of Students advances York University’s mission by providing services and programs and facilities that foster academic success, student development and an engaged community. Our vision is being partners in student success. 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.
Almost 40 per cent of staff within the Division of Students attended the July Learning Days, hosted by the OVPS and volunteers from across the Division of Students. Attendees to the online and in-person event said they learned more about the division after participating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.