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Alumni Spotlight: Leanne Prendergast (BA ’16)

Alumni Spotlight: Leanne Prendergast (BA ’16)

Leanne Prendergast is an anti-bullying advocate, author and motivational speaker who works to empower young girls and address issues of bullying, low self-esteem and other mental health issues.  Why did you choose to study at York?  I chose to study at York University because I liked the idea of being close to home while being […]

York alumna empowers local community through urban agriculture

York alumna empowers local community through urban agriculture

York alumna Ohemaa Boateng (BA ’17) has lived in the Jane and Finch community since she was a child. But it wasn’t until she started her role as a youth intern at Black Creek Community Farm that she would learn about food sovereignty and the challenges faced by marginalized people in her community. As a youth […]

York alumnus helps de-stigmatize men’s mental health in podcast series

York alumnus helps de-stigmatize men’s mental health in podcast series

York alumnus Samir Mourani (BA ’14) has embarked on a quest to help men worldwide become more open to discussing a subject that many have difficulty talking about: their mental health. After graduating from York University, Samir landed a successful government position, got married, enjoyed free time during the weekends and traveled the world. However, […]

Alumni Spotlight: Iris Yusupov (BA ’16, MA ’18, MBA ’22 )

Alumni Spotlight: Iris Yusupov (BA ’16, MA ’18, MBA ’22 )

La version française suit la version anglaise. Iris Yusupov (BA ’16, MA ’18, MBA ’22) is a clinical researcher and mental health advocate who has devoted her graduate career to providing mentorship and mental health support to students.   “I chose to start my studies at York’s Glendon Campus because of the opportunity to continue learning […]

Alumni Spotlight: Lucas DeLuca (MA ’19)

Alumni Spotlight: Lucas DeLuca (MA ’19)

When it came time to select a university, he found that York was one of the few post-secondary institutions to offer a disability studies program. To gain a deeper understanding of the disability space, and to create positive change, he pursued a master's degree in Critical Disability Studies, focusing on the ongoing sexualization and objectification […]

Alumni Spotlight: Kate Haiyun Mossop (MLCE ’21)

Alumni Spotlight: Kate Haiyun Mossop (MLCE ’21)

Kate Haiyun Mossop (MLCE ’21) is a community builder with a lifelong passion for strengthening communities and helping people overcome barriers. It was this passion that guided her to York University. “My earliest memories include a variety of community experiences,” says Kate. “From wrapping donated medical supplies that my mother shipped to Vietnam, to fundraising […]

Alumni Spotlight: Faridah Yagboyaju (IBBA ’22)

Alumni Spotlight: Faridah Yagboyaju (IBBA ’22)

Faridah Yagboyaju (IBBA ’22) is an African-Canadian entrepreneur with a passion for helping students across the province achieve their academic goals. But when it came to her own academic goals, choosing a university was a big decision. “Even from my teen years, I considered myself to be extremely ambitious and wanted to be in an […]

Alumni Spotlight: Aletheia Délivré (MPIA ’18)

Alumni Spotlight: Aletheia Délivré (MPIA ’18)

Aletheia Délivré (MPIA ’18) is a technophile obsessed with creating better experiences where innovation meets social good. Currently working as manager, Design Operations at Zapier, Aletheia joined us to talk about her experience at Glendon, her time in Europe and the joy of design.   Why did you study for a masters in Public and International […]

Alumni Spotlight: Marie Foolchand (BA ’21)

Alumni Spotlight: Marie Foolchand (BA ’21)

To those close to her, she's Marie Foolchand, a "quiet girl" with a passion for poetry and travelling. But to her audience of more than one million followers, she's better known by her TikTok handle @laframbuesaa. When Marie first joined the platform, she never expected she might one day be rubbing shoulders with celebrities, representing […]