Monthly Updates: August 2023

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Invest in Our People

Over 250 staff participated in the Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) Learning Days!

During the week of July 17, staff from across York engaged in a week of learning related to strategic enrolment management. Sessions explored evolving approaches and strategies in SEM (including the new SEM Framework), connecting across the SEM continuum and using tools and data to support work.

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41 colleagues presented 21 sessions during the SEM Learning Days.
Framing Student Support & Advising: Reflecting on the past, navigating the future

The Student Support & Advising team organized a day-long visioning retreat, reflecting on their inaugural year, formalizing values and engaging in teamwork. A balanced agenda, including strategic planning and community-building, promises exciting updates for the York community!

100% of the staff participated, of which, 98% of the staff indicated a deepened sense of community and belonging.
Planting workshop to help with grounding

In July, the Centre collaborated with the Greenhouse to cultivate green thumb community members in a fun and inclusive environment. Participants grounded themselves with a tour of the greenhouse, picked out plants and learned how to properly pot and care for them.   

The planting workshop helped individuals ground themselves, connect with the community and nature to create a sense of belonging.
Gaining the skills to facilitate focus groups and interviews

The Division of Students creates Learning Briefs to support professional development and on-the-job learning. Facilitating a successful focus group means more than reading a list of questions. Our Divisional Assessment Analyst has curated resources to help you gain the skills you need!

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Reinforce Our Foundation

Athletics & Recreation reflects with Rosemary Sadlier as she, and a panel of guests, honour the work done in getting Emancipation Day on August 1 recognized in Canada and celebrating Black Women in Leadership.

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In celebration of Black Women in Leadership, 3 out of the 4 panel experts who participated in the second annual Emancipation Day event were local Black female leaders.

Impact the Student Journey

Assessing and evaluating your impact on the student journey

The Assessment Community of Practice has created a resource to support Division of Students colleagues with program assessments and evaluations. The new Assessment Framework contains considerations and recommendations on how to set the right intentions, ask the right questions, and support students.

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SAVY hits 100k conversations

SAVY, York's student virtual assistant, converses with thousands of students yearly about academic success, health & wellness, student life, campus services and career development. On June 28, SAVY had its 100,000th conversation, answering a question the student had about degree requirements.

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Questions were asked that day by the student who helped SAVY reach 100,000 conversations.
Building learning skills with our incoming students

Learning Skills Services offered three workshops this summer through YU Prep to help York's newest learners prepare for the fall term. In the Secrets of Academic Success: What You Won't Learn in Lecture session, incoming students explored the expectations of learners in university.

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Following the session, students reported feeling more connected and comfortable with York.
Mitacs research interns share their stories

A group of 50 students and faculty gathered for a panel discussion with Mitacs interns about their experiences as York students. Mitacs is a not-for-profit national research organization that operates research and training programs in fields related to industrial and social innovation.



Mitacs research interns make York their summer home
York has been participating since 2011 and has seen the program numbers of both participating faculty and students grow over the past 5years.

Create Our Future

Recognition for Ontario's BIPOC Counsellor & Accessibility Counsellor Group

Christina Abounassar, Accessibility Counsellor at SAS created, and co-chairs, the Ontario BIPOC Counsellor & Accessibility Counsellor Group for over 16 different institutions and expanding. The group won the President’s Award for Innovation in Student Learning & Success from Niagara College.

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

With new leadership in Athletics & Recreation, the team has been taking time to reflect and engage in collaborative discussions. Connecting with colleagues will holistically guide future planning initiatives going forward for the development of key priorities for the next two years.

Words from Steven Chuang