Monthly Updates: July 2022

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Invest in Our People

NorthStar Community Emancipation Day Celebration

Athletics & Recreation has partnered with the Jane and Finch community to host a NorthStar Community Emancipation Day Celebration on on July 31. This event will feature performances, keynote speakers, local vendors and a special basketball game.

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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.

Impact the Student Journey

Launching a new medical documentation form

Student Accessibility Services launched a new form that allows a seamless gathering of student registration documentation. Partners in Communications & Marketing designed the form to be fillable and compliant for accessibility.


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Recognizing high-achieving student-athletes

The Drew Green Lions Award recognizes student-athletes from the York Lions men's and women’s basketball teams. The award aims to ensure that talented, high-achieving student-athletes can realize their dream of a world class university education while competing as a York Lion.

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CED welcomes new Associate Director of Employer & Alumni Engagement

Tammy Kim-Newman joins the Career Education & Development team (CED) as the new Associate Director of Employer & Alumni Engagement. Joining from the University of Waterloo, Kim-Newman will support the development of a strategy to elevate employment opportunities for students and recent graduates.

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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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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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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.

Learn more about peer leadership training
Attendance at the Peer Leadership Training is added to students Co-Curricular Record.

Create Our Future

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