Monthly Updates: April 2023

AprilWhat's New?

Invest in Our People

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.

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.
Divisional staff learn effective business writing

Staff are engaging in a five-part learning series on effective business writing. The sessions, presented by the Strategy, Planning & Projects Team with the Office of the University Registrar, focus on understanding and practicing simple and straightforward writing and writing with empathy.

staff are actively participating in the Effective Business Writing learning series.

Reinforce Our Foundation

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.

Impact the Student Journey

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.

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.  

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.
Celebrating the accomplishments of Becoming YU students and coaches

Career Education & Development celebrated another year of student success during the Becoming YU End of Year Celebration in March. Awards were presented to: Althea Parala and Jack Onorati (LA&PS) for 2023 Coach of the Year and Eleseo Hernandez and Shania Mendes for 2023 Students of the Year.


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140 attendees heard from four panellists, two employers and two alumni about the importance of transferrable skills when job searching.