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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.
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
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.
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.
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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15
faculty and staff were recognized at the end of year celebration in April.
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.

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.

26
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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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.
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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2
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.

15
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.

Continue to Enjoy the Website
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.

Watch our video recap!
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.

Celebrate our Success
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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