Monthly Updates: September 2022

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Invest in Our People

Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) Learning Days

In collaboration with campus partners, the OUR recently hosted the inaugural SEM Learning Days. Colleagues from across campus came together to share best practices in recruitment, retention and learned innovative approaches to support and build a stronger SEM competency across York University.

Learn More About the SEM Learning Days
SEM sessions took place from July to August, covering a variety of topics such as initiatives, trends, current practices at York and how to improve student recruitment approaches.

Impact the Student Journey

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.

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.

Find out more about 2022 orientation
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! 

Learn More about International Student Orientation
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.

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.

Orientation information
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.
Inviting students to create a local and global impact

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Action Student Challenge empowers students around the world to act on the achievement of action projects. In workshops and discussions, students will develop global competencies, leadership and project management skills to take action on SDGs. 

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in funding to support student experiences (*up to) related to SDGs
Connecting globally to discuss internationalization in higher education

On Thursday, Nov. 17, the Sustainable on the Go (SOTG) virtual conference will bring together students, scholars, policymakers, sustainability experts and UN organizations to discuss international mobility and the challenges and opportunities of navigating in higher education.

Register here.

Learn more about SOTG
Annual edition of the Sustainable on the Go conference, co-organized by York International. Register to attend the conference, scheduled to be hosted this November.

Create Our Future

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.

Learn more about SAVY
SAVY interacted with hundreds of students to answer over 1,000 campus inquiries ahead of the fall term.
Globally Networked Learning (GNL) faculty information sessions

GNL enables collaboration with students and Faculties around the world, integrating vast perspectives in the classroom. With education technologies, they work on a variety of discussions. Information and workshop sessions will take place on select dates in 2022 and 2023 for faculty.

Learn more & find a session
Upcoming GNL workshops will take place on Oct. 17, 2022 and Feb. 13, 2023 in one hour, thirty minute sessions for external institutions and partner faculty members.