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Summer Peer Leader Training Welcomes Matthew R. Morris as Keynote Speaker

At Peer Leader Training the team welcomed Matthew R. Morris, author of Black Boys Like Me: Confrontations with Race, Identity, and Belonging as the keynote speaker, where he engaged in dialogue tying into the training surrounding identity, social location, and equitable leadership.

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94%
of participants would recommend this training to other members of the York University community, and 83% of attendees felt as though they learned something new.
Division of Students' staff check-ins

The Vice Provost Students provided a weekly opportunity for staff to come together to provide updates, take questions and receive feedback about supporting students during the labour disruption. These sessions provided colleagues time to connect and to tap into each others’ experiences and ideas.

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4+
staff check-ins were provided to help colleagues support one another as we continue to support students.
De-escalation staff training session

The Vice Provost Students offered a de-escalation staff training with Student Support & Advising, and the community of academic advisors. The training supported preparedness for potential student escalations that may require intervention or effective referrals. 

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90+
staff from across the University participated in this session.
York’s Appreciative Approaches are highlighted in a Keynote address to Waterloo Advising Colleagues

Spotlighting York’s journey, Cristina Bregar and Lara Ubaldi illustrated how the relationships we build with each other and with students can unleash the power to elevate advising practice across an institution.

100+
attendees joined York’s appreciative approaches keynote.
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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758
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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50+
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.
Count Yourself In: Pathways to Post-Secondary, Access and Training

Together, ACMAPS and the TD Community Engagement Centre offered a webinar for mature and part-time students. With Partnership for Education, Apprenticeship and Training, students received guidance on their path to education and training from experts from across Toronto institutions.

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1,303
individuals registered for the event, and 465 prospective mature students attended.
YUAdvise 2024: Partnering for student success

In February, advisors from across the University came together for the 9th annual YUAdvise Conference. Colleagues had the opportunity to learn, innovate and continue building the knowledge and skills required to achieve the community’s vision of becoming leaders in the space.

115+
colleagues participated, and most reported feeling more connected to the advising community as a result of attending the conference.
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.

935+
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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368
interactions with graduate students took place during the fall and winter term sessions.
Strengthening transitions to post-secondary for autistic students and their families

On Thursday, February 22, SAS hosted hybrid sessions focusing on transition, accessing support, strategies for academic success and methods to nurture and strengthen independence. Participants also got the chance to engage in a student panel and tour.

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high school students, parents and service providers participated in this event.
Launch of the new OUR Intranet

The new OUR Intranet is available to partners across York, and is a central location for a variety of information. Visit the site for key contacts, awards management, employment administration, grades, academic scheduling, room bookings, exams, transfer credits, technology governance and more.

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650+
views since the launch of the new OUR Intranet on Monday, February 12.
Transition day for deaf and hard of hearing students

Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) high school students, parents and teachers from the Toronto District School Board joined SAS, students and faculty members from the DHH teaching program. Participants learned about transitions through a panel discussion, on a tour and by watching a presentation.

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students, parents and educators attended the transition event.
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.

In November, OUR staff had the opportunity to learn about embedding DEDI into their work. Colleagues from Community, Supports and Services shared equity-informed student services, and staff discussed key initiatives through themes from York's DEDI strategy.  

120+
staff members participated in the recent Learning Day.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

During the annual global campaign against gender-based violence, a variety of workshops were held at York. Topics included healthy relationships, misogynoir awareness, empowering student-athletes to advocate against violence against women, children and 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and more.

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200+
York community members were reached.

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!"
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.

3,000+
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.
Division of Students hosts Mini Professional Development Conference for Toronto institutions

The Division held an in-person Mini PD Conference with 8 Toronto colleges and universities. Participants had the opportunity to come together to share, learn and network. 26 presentations focused on student affairs, service supports, programming and training.

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250+
colleagues participated in the Mini PD Conference
Learning Skills peers get ready for the new academic year

Learning Skills peers completed a week-long interactive training program in August which helped them build knowledge, skills and confidence ahead of beginning their roles. Topics included the science of learning, delivering presentations, peer coaching, creating inclusive spaces and much more. 

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At the end of Learning Skills training week, peers reported feeling happy, excited and motivated to begin their new roles.

During fall Well-being Week, the Centre organized an online workshop entitled Self-Care Through Art. Participants were encouraged to delve into therapeutic techniques aimed at cultivating a sustainable self-care practice that could be incorporated into their daily lives. 

Art therapy workshops create environments that encourage healthy self-expression and facilitate meaningful self-connection.
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.
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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5
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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400+
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. 

243
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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94%
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.
Over 250 staff participated in the Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) Learning Days!

During the week of July 17, staff from across York engaged in a week of learning related to strategic enrolment management. Sessions explored evolving approaches and strategies in SEM (including the new SEM Framework), connecting across the SEM continuum and using tools and data to support work.

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41 colleagues presented 21 sessions during the SEM Learning Days.
Framing Student Support & Advising: Reflecting on the past, navigating the future

The Student Support & Advising team organized a day-long visioning retreat, reflecting on their inaugural year, formalizing values and engaging in teamwork. A balanced agenda, including strategic planning and community-building, promises exciting updates for the York community!

100% of the staff participated, of which, 98% of the staff indicated a deepened sense of community and belonging.
Planting workshop to help with grounding

In July, the Centre collaborated with the Greenhouse to cultivate green thumb community members in a fun and inclusive environment. Participants grounded themselves with a tour of the greenhouse, picked out plants and learned how to properly pot and care for them.   

The planting workshop helped individuals ground themselves, connect with the community and nature to create a sense of belonging.

Athletics & Recreation reflects with Rosemary Sadlier as she, and a panel of guests, honour the work done in getting Emancipation Day on August 1 recognized in Canada and celebrating Black Women in Leadership.

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In celebration of Black Women in Leadership, 3 out of the 4 panel experts who participated in the second annual Emancipation Day event were local Black female leaders.
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.
Reviewing the OUR Strategic Plan during OUR Leadership Day

Management from the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) participated in an OUR Leadership Day. The group reviewed and updated the OUR Strategic Plan, prepared for change (e.g. implementation of projects within the Student Systems Renewal Project) and learned about leading positive change.

OUR Leadership Day took positive steps forward to update the OUR Strategic Plan and prepare for the implementation of the Student Systems Renewal Project.
Delivering presentation skills training to student leaders

Learning Skills Services offered presentation skills training to student leaders of the York Orientation Directors Association. They learned strategies for achieving cohesion during group presentations, tailoring presentations to the audience, projecting confidence and overcoming nerves. 

16 York Orientation Directors Association Orientation Chairs participated in the training. Many reported feeling better able to handle their work and recommended this training to other students.
Recognizing National Indigenous History Month

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, Larissa Crawford, a restorative circle keeper and published Indigenous and anti-racist researcher, was highlighted by the Athletics & Recreation department.
 

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, York Lions Spotlight Larissa Crawford!
Larissa Crawford is a York Alumna! She's a published Indigenous, anti-racism and climate justice researcher, policy advisor, influencer and restorative circle keeper with over a decade of experience.
Pride Month: Discussing issues faced by the 2SLGBTQIA+ community

Staff and students shared what pride meant to them, as well as issues faced by the 2SLGBTQIA+ community during a Pride Month video.

 

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Athletics & Recreation embeds the principles of EDI into our strategies, plans and operational processes in a purposeful and intentional manner.
Engaging in summer OUR Learning Day

The Office of the University Registrar gathered in person for the first time in several years in June to reconnect, celebrate accomplishments related to the OUR Strategic Plan and engage in professional development on the change and project implementation for the Student Systems Renewal Program. 

Over 50 unique positive and congratulatory messages were shared by staff during the session.
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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6,361
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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$154,000
raised to support student athletes at the 20th annual Lions Cup Golf Tournament.
Engaging in conversations about women leadership in sports

Athletics & Recreation hosted it’s fourth annual Women & Girls Leadership and Sport Conference in April. The conference featured a number of influential Canadian women in sport presentations under the theme, Aim High, Play Safe, with an emphasis on safety in sports.

 

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Attendees learned from the engaging key note speakers, Canadian gymnast Ellie Black and former Canadian Olympian and safe sport advocate, Allison Forsyth.
Ask Me Anything (AMA) with the Vice-Provost, Students

Nona Robinson, Vice-Provost, Students, led an AMA to launch the summer term. Robinson shared more about herself, her vision for the future and answered pre-submitted questions over two sessions. Sessions were attended by over 75 staff with extensive engagement across the Division.

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staff from across the Division participated and 22 pre-submitted questions were answered over two sessions.
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.
Furthering growth in divisional assessment capacity

The second Core Concepts of Program Assessment & Evaluation workshop was held on March 29 to increase shared understanding of concepts identified in the CACUSS competency model. Staff were introduced to assessment and how it can be applied to their professional practice.

5%
increase in average knowledge and confidence from the start to the end of the workshop, according to participants.
Learning from women in leadership

On Tuesday, March 28, the Residence Life team partnered with colleagues across the Division to host the Division of Students, Women In Leadership Panel. During the event, attendees learned from women in leadership roles, which was facilitated by Caroline Papple and Melanie Howard.

Participants mentioned they had tears in their eyes as the panellists spoke. They noted feeling validated, understood, empowered and seen.
Mark Tewksbury shares powerful keynote during Inclusion Week

Athletics and Recreation proudly hosted Olympic icon and champion, Mark Tewksbury. Tewksbury shared his experiences and reflections with coaches, students and staff with a focus on the role that community, allyship and language played in his journey of self-acceptance and success.

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Mark inspired students, staff and coaches during Inclusion week.
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.

19
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.  

200+
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.
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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86%
of participants felt that the session greatly helped them prepare for the post-secondary transition and increased their confidence.

As a part of Consent Action Week, the Centre hosted a series of educational events that focused on self-advocacy and care with the goal to increase awareness of matters of consent, sharing existing support for survivors and promoting ally engagement.

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When discussing sexual violence prevention, it is crucial that we provide our community with an opportunity to discuss sex education and healing through self-advocacy and self-care.
Sharing ideas to advance the Division of Students Strategic Plan

On Monday, January 23, and Tuesday, January 24, Division of Students colleagues were invited to share their experience and passion for student success at facilitated brainstorming sessions. Attendees were encouraged to think and discuss five specific questions posed by the Vice-Provost, Students.

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colleagues participated and most felt more connected to the Division of Students as a result of attending the brainstorming session
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.
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.
Growing divisional assessment capacity

The first Core Concepts of Assessment workshop was held on November 23, with 28 staff members in attendance. Core concepts are identified in the CACUSS competency model. Staff increased their knowledge of assessment methods and learned why they are an important part of our professional practice.

21%
increase in average knowledge and confidence from the start to the end of the workshop.
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

As a part of the 16 Days of Activism, an annual memorial service was hosted to commemorate the tragic mass shooting at L'École Polytechnique in Montréal on December 6, 1989. This ceremony honours the 14 murdered women and inspires our community to act against gender-based violence. 

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200+
people viewed the memorial service, virtually and in-person.
Divisional holiday luncheon in candyland!

The annual holiday gathering was held in-person for the first time since 2019. The theme was Candyland, because nothing is sweeter than spending time together. Division of Students staff enjoyed a turkey lunch with all the fixings and a performance by the Vanier College Productions.

150lb
of non-perishable food items were generously donated by staff to the YFS Food Support Centre.

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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500+
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.

80+
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.

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student organizations collaborated to organize and support this years Community Welcome events.
Launch of the Division of Students 2020-2022 Annual Report

The annual report captures stories, initiatives and projects that have advanced the 5-Year Strategic Plan. Learn about recent achievements and celebrate the Division's successes over the last two years.

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First annual report created for the Division of Students Strategic Plan 2020-2025 Preparing for a Better Future
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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120
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.

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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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8000+
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.

200+
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.
SAVY makes finding information easy

SAVY is a frequent path students take for back-to-school information. Two weeks before the fall term began, more than 700 students had over 1,000 conversations with SAVY. More than 150 of those conversations included questions about York's pandemic approach for the upcoming term.

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SAVY interacted with hundreds of students to answer over 1,000 campus inquiries ahead of the fall term.
Division of Students Colleagues Connect for Learning Days

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.

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new professional connections on average

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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20+
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.

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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.
Creating an intersectional holistic society

A recent speaker series featured Jack Saddleback baring raw stories with humorous musings to uplift spaces for identities like his, a Cree, two-spirit, transgender gay man. Weaving experiences of personal resilience and community compassion, Saddleback inspires an intersectional holistic society. 

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“I really enjoyed the personal nature of the session and would definitely recommend this session to the larger York community. Super well organized and great energy. So glad I listened in!"
Discussing the building and implementation of a PD portfolio for student-staff

Members of the Residence Life team presented on the analysis of how the team implemented a PD portfolio for student-staff, incorporating pedagogical practice, theory and practical application, at the recent 2022 Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers conference.

To the surprise of presenters, two previous student-staff attended to share their testimonies from the program.

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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160+
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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30+
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
Supporting education to tackle child poverty

York University Athletics & Recreation hosted the annual Start2Finish run, which aims to help to break the cycle of child poverty through educational support, and celebration at York Lions Stadium, with special guest Yeo! 

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Start2Finish is committed to promoting the health and wellness of children in Canada through literacy and fitness education.
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.
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.

700+
attendees
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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156
number of unique topics students asked SAVY in May.
Lions Cup raises money for athletic scholarships

The 19th annual York University Lions Cup Golf Tournament raised $144,000 for athletic scholarships.

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$144,000
raised for athletic scholarships at the 19th annual Lions Cup presented by TD Insurance.
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.

50+
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.
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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4,997
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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150+
Division of Students' staff and friends participated in the February Learning Days
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.
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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80
students, staff and alumni registered for the conference.
Training service providers on accommodations and supports

High school special education teachers, guidance counsellors, school board psychologists, and special education consultants attended a workshop that highlighted information on accommodations supports, documentation, registering and accessing financial information on Dec. 8, 2021.

20 Years
This workshop has helped educators develop their understanding of accommodations and supports at the post-secondary level so that educators feel prepared to answer questions from students.
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.).
Exploring 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators

This 10-part eLearning series, This Place: 150 Years Retold, was based on the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed graphic novel anthology. Each session guided participants through the stories that reflect a rich history of Indigenous resistance and resilience.

300+
participants across this ten-part virtual series
Virtual Education Series: "Unlearning Hate" launches

Student Community and Leadership Development 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.”

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140
participants across this three-part virtual series
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.
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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2,074
times SAVY responded to the most popular question linking students with campus advisors based on their needs
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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20%
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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10,000+
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.
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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200+
staff attended the Division of Students October Learning Days!
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.

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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.

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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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88.6%
SAVY answered 88.6% of 15,382 questions in the period from August 25 to September 29, 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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90%
of student questions were answered by SAVY from August 26 to September 1, 2021.
Division of Students Staff Town Hall

The Town Hall was held July 26, 2021. Questions about return to campus were answered by our Vice-Provost, Students, Special Advisor to the President for Academic Continuity Planning & COVID-19 Response, AVP, Human Resources & CHRO, & Executive Director, Resources & Strategic Planning.

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165+
staff members joined live.
Emancipation Day Virtual Celebration

Canada Celebrates First-ever Emancipation Day with Virtual Celebration 

This year marked the First National Emancipation Day across Canada, as championed by Rosemary Sadlier. Over 25 years ago, Sadlier initiated the first of many commemorations of August 1st as Emancipation Day. 

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The Emancipation Day promotional videos were viewed over 3,000 times on the York Lions Instagram page, the Emancipation Day Canada webpage was visited over 1,300 times.
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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600+
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.
Setting a New Standard for Strategy Websites & Newsletters

Most strategy websites are static and short lived. To set the right tone for the Division of Students Strategy 2020-2025, a dynamic website has been created with monthly updates, filters by commitment, and views by unit and by progress. The site is also mobile optimized and printer-friendly.

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30+
success stories collected from Divisional units in time for website launch.
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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4,900
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.

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.
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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2,100+
Students welcomed through virtual programming and the Quarantine Implementation plan
Athletics & Recreation Honours Black History Month with Virtual Celebration

In partnership with local Jane & Finch community leaders and groups (Jane-Finch Concerned Citizens Organization, JFCCO), Athletics & Recreation produced a 3.5-hour virtual celebration called “Rooted & Resilient” with candid personal stories from homegrown Black Canadian trailblazers.

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Posts about the event generated 200,000 impressions via the York Lions Social Media community. The event website received 1,800 views, and the YouTube Live Stream received 650+ views.
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