Division of Students Report2020 to 2022
The Division of Student’s Strategic Plan (2020-2025) was released in June 2021. Aligned with the University Academic Plan and informed by University Frameworks, the strategic plan guides the work of the Division. Collaborations across the Division led to the creation of an assessment framework to provide opportunities for evaluation and continuous improvement.
The strategic plan articulates:
Strategic plan milestones
Invest in Our PeopleLearning
Shaping the 5-Year Strategic Plan
Since the first Learning Day in October 2021, more than 500 staff attended learning opportunities centered around the strategic plan. Using the plan as a framework, staff developed student journey maps and proposed key finding for consideration and future learning.
Empowering staff through learning and development opportunities
Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey.
The Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey supports Canadian post-secondary institutions to improve campus health and well-being. All undergraduate and graduate students were invited to share their experiences during winter 2022. The results will be used to inform the development of the University’s Well-being Strategy.
Improving support to health and well-being
Starting in 2021, every student that called to book an appointment with Student Counselling, Health & Well-being was provided the option to meet with a counsellor of a particular identity.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Equity, diversity and inclusion are vital to creating and maintaining safe, respectful and welcoming learning spaces. This remains foundational to the Division of Students' strategic plan. All ongoing and upcoming initiatives consider this lens in the Division's development and implementation of projects. Education, dialogues and sharing of experiences are critical in helping the York community thrive personally and professionally.
Identifying barriers in service
The Student Equity & Diversity Census pilot was implemented in fall 2021 to assist the University in addressing and eliminating barriers to access, persistence during their studies and completion of their degree. The pilot received a 20 per cent student response rate, which helped inform the second iteration that will be integrated into the student enrolment process for fall 2022.Learn more
Supporting Black students
The recently developed Black Excellence program (BE YU) provides Black students with the supports they need to transition to university and maximize their student experience as they work towards graduation. BE YU is designed to champion the academic, professional and personal success of York’s Black student community.Learn more
Improving access to education
Through the recent launch of the scholarship strategy, more prospective students from around the world are now able to access education at York. The strategy expands academic and non-academic merit criteria, as well as provides support for international diversiﬁcation, equity-deserving groups and individuals pursuing studies that support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.Learn more
Supporting student athletes
More than 300 student athletes and athletics alumni, 28 coaching staff, and 39 administrative staff participated in an equity climate review. Released in fall 2021, the report on the varsity student athlete program resulted in 22 recommendations and an action plan outlining additional training for all student athletes, coaches and staff, and the hiring of a Senior Advisor, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.Learn more
Offering diverse counselling supports
Student Counselling, Health & Well-being offers process groups for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, racialized students and trans and non-binary students to reflect on their identities, experiences and challenges and to build community.
“The process group has allowed me to take back my power as a racialized student by owning my experiences as valid rather than internalizing them as a lack of effort or worthless. I am also grateful for all the students and facilitators who have shown vulnerability by sharing their experiences and allowing me to learn from how they handled their challenges."– student from a counselling support groupLearn more
Harnessing the power of AI
SAVY continues to develop additional content, in particular resources tailored towards speciﬁc student populations such as Black, Indigenous and 2SLGBTQIA+ students.
SAVY remains available to respond to student inquiries 24/7 and the majority of questions it responds to are after regular working hours.
During the pandemic, the Division of Students quickly pivoted all services to offer virtual options, including online chat. Students have welcomed this change:
Paving the way for the Markham Campus
Staff from across the University came together as a support network to help guide the development of Markham's students services. The inaugural recruitment officer started in 2022 and will begin to promote, recruit and support prospective students that will join the Markham Campus when it opens.Learn More
Transforming the student experience
The Student System Renewal Program has made tremendous progress since its inception. A financial aid, awards and scholarships system is set to launch to the community in summer 2023 and a preferred partner for the student constituent relationship management system has been selected to provide seamless support across the student lifecycle.Learn More
The Division of Students is continuously providing support to students, staff and our partners.
To learn more, review the Monthly News and Updates webpages to read a compilation of stories, reports and achievements at the Division.