Founded in 1968, McLaughlin College was named in honour of the late Colonel R.S. McLaughlin, pioneer Canadian automobile manufacturer (see photo), who was a key benefactor of the College. The College is dedicated to fostering knowledge and critical analysis of public policy. All new students in Sociology, Political Science, Global Political Studies, Criminology, Law & Society, Public Policy & Administration, Social Science, and Work & Labour Studies are members of McLaughlin College. The departments provide the courses, and the College provides co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Special attention is given to improvement of society, the local community, the province, Canada, and international relations. McLaughlin's founding Master, George Tatham, insisted that the college emphasize the whole person. Therefore, the arts, music, poetry, athletics, and community service all have a prominent place in life at McLaughlin College.
McLaughlin College serves both non-residential and residential students. McLaughlin College's Tatham Hall offers both single and double room accommodation on 12 floors separated into 6 different "houses." Each houses consists of two floors. There are 9 co-ed floors, 2 all female floors, and 1 all male floor, all of which are in a non-smoking atmosphere. Each house has a Common Room. The Residence Life Coordinator and Dons work closely with house executives in an active Residence Council. Two floors of our residence constitute a "living and learning" themed community, whose residents have the opportunity to participate in enhanced activities related to the academic subjects in bold above, such as private meetings with senior government officials and professors, and visits to Parliament, Queen's Park and City Hall. (Students who wish to join the Tatham Hall themed community need to indicate this on their residence application.)
McLaughlin College Council maintains a high profile in College activities. Our Sport and Recreation Program encourages active participation in all levels of intramural sports activity on the York Campus. Social activities include talent nights, multi-cultural conventions, winter and year-end formal dinner dances, overnight trips, and many more special events. McLaughlin's ever-popular Kid's Day, where children from local elementary schools come to York University and participate in a variety of activities, is a very rewarding, community-minded tradition.
In the York community of more than 50,000 students, faculty, and staff, McLaughlin College can help you to find your niche and provide a focus for your academic career. There is always an opportunity to get involved and make a difference. Drop by your Student Council Office (143 MC) and let us hear your concerns, suggestions, and yes, even criticisms. Remember, this is your college. Let us know what kind of programming YOU would like to see from your elected Student Government at McLaughlin College. There is so much we can accomplish - but we need your help!
If you would like to become more involved, perhaps running for a position on McLaughlin College Council is an appropriate outlet for your energy. Nominations for Director positions and two first year positions on McLaughlin College Council will be announced in late September. There are also many other McLaughlin affiliated clubs and organizations that are looking for helpful spirited members. All information on contacting student run organizations is listed later in the student handbook that all our students will receive. Please feel free to email, drop by, or call any of the groups to find out more information.