Monthly Updates: July 2023

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Invest in Our People

Supporting the York community through planting workshops

The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education collaborated with the on-campus Greenhouse to create a planting workshop for students, staff and faculty to help ground them during this busy summer season. There will be another workshop on Wednesday, July 26 from noon to 1 p.m. 

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Connect with colleagues in education through the Canadian Association of College & University Student Services

The Canadian Association of College & University (CACUSS) provides access to communities, publications, awards/recognition and more for those who work in student affairs in Canadian post-secondary institutions. Contact the Vice-Provost, Students at to register.

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Reviewing the OUR Strategic Plan during OUR Leadership Day

Management from the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) participated in an OUR Leadership Day. The group reviewed and updated the OUR Strategic Plan, prepared for change (e.g. implementation of projects within the Student Systems Renewal Project) and learned about leading positive change.

OUR Leadership Day took positive steps forward to update the OUR Strategic Plan and prepare for the implementation of the Student Systems Renewal Project.
Delivering presentation skills training to student leaders

Learning Skills Services offered presentation skills training to student leaders of the York Orientation Directors Association. They learned strategies for achieving cohesion during group presentations, tailoring presentations to the audience, projecting confidence and overcoming nerves. 

16 York Orientation Directors Association Orientation Chairs participated in the training. Many reported feeling better able to handle their work and recommended this training to other students.
Encouraging peer-led professional development

The Division of Students creates Learning Briefs to support professional development and on-the-job learning. This month a new learning brief about peer-led learning groups and communities of practice is available to encourage connection between colleagues and stimulate learning.

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Reinforce Our Foundation

Recognizing National Indigenous History Month

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, Larissa Crawford, a restorative circle keeper and published Indigenous and anti-racist researcher, was highlighted by the Athletics & Recreation department.

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, York Lions Spotlight Larissa Crawford!
Larissa Crawford is a York Alumna! She's a published Indigenous, anti-racism and climate justice researcher, policy advisor, influencer and restorative circle keeper with over a decade of experience.
Pride Month: Discussing issues faced by the 2SLGBTQIA+ community

Staff and students shared what pride meant to them, as well as issues faced by the 2SLGBTQIA+ community during a Pride Month video.


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Athletics & Recreation embeds the principles of EDI into our strategies, plans and operational processes in a purposeful and intentional manner.
Engaging in summer OUR Learning Day

The Office of the University Registrar gathered in person for the first time in several years in June to reconnect, celebrate accomplishments related to the OUR Strategic Plan and engage in professional development on the change and project implementation for the Student Systems Renewal Program. 

Over 50 unique positive and congratulatory messages were shared by staff during the session.

Impact the Student Journey

Launching a new GPA calculator

The Office of the University Registrar’s Student Records unit collaborated with the Student Systems, UIT, Faculty offices and faculty members to launch the new York Grade Point Average Calculator, which helps undergraduate students calculate their GPA with ease.

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The newly launched York Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculator helps students stay informed about their current grades and plan for future studies.
SAVY sees huge increase in usage

York and IBM launched SAVY's new software to improve SAVY's feature set, which was timed to coincide with the launch of the new eClass. After the launch, students had 8,112 conversations with SAVY in May and June, compared to 3,453 conversations during the same time frame last year.

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conversations with SAVY in eClass in May and June.

Create Our Future

Learn about Athletics & Recreation through the eyes of our new Executive Director

Come along for a tour as Athletics & Recreation's new Executive Director, Steven Chuang, visits the Tait Mackenzie Centre and saw what changed after he had graduated as a York alumnus.

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