This Week @ York for Week of August 11

This Week @ York for Week of August 11

This Week @ York For Week of August 11

Here’s your timely & targeted compilation of key events, noteworthy news and important dates for the remainder of the week.

Note: any information related to changes due to COVID-19 found in this newsletter have already been communicated to the community and can be found at York’s YU Better Together website. All this information is accurate at the newsletter’s time of publication.

If you don’t have time to read This Week @ York, or would like to refer to it again, every edition can be found on the This Week @ York Archive web page.

Here are some other important items to keep in mind this week.


York University names new Senior Advisor on Equity and Representation: “Professor Carl E. James has accepted the position of Senior Advisor on Equity and Representation to the University, as part of the Division of Equity, People and Culture, effective August 1, 2020. In this newly created role, he will support the advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the University.” Read the full message here.


Career Centre Webinar: How to Effectively Use LinkedIn. Join this session and learn tips on how to use LinkedIn effectively to enhance your job search. Gain insight on how you can leverage its features to build your professional network. Wednesday, August 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration required at Experience York.

Webinar: What Can I Do With My Degree? Not sure what career options your degree might lead to? Attend this webinar to learn how the skills you are developing in your degree and the experiences you are gaining while at York will help build a foundation for your future. Thursday, August 13, 2 to 3 p.m. Registration required at Experience York.


Speaker: BOLD IDEAS: Your Story Doesn't End Here: Valuing survivors’ diverse experiences with trauma, recovery & activism. In this talk, Shalyn Isaacs, MEd - Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy Candidate, will use her personal experiences with trauma healing and advocacy work in the field of women’s mental health and sexual violence to highlight the importance of appreciating diverse lived experiences with trauma, healing, recovery and activism that rarely follows linear trajectories. Thursday, August 13, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Registration required.


Dreamcatcher Workshop. All students are welcome to attend this workshop where you will learn how to create a dreamcatcher and its cultural significance to Indigenous Peoples. This is an opportunity for all students to appreciate diverse cultural art productions, come together and de-stress. Thursday, August 13, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Registration required.


Virtual Mature Student Meditation (Mindful Meditation). Join this virtual mindful meditation session facilitated by psychologist Scott Pope from Student Counselling & Development. It will help you to de-stress, decrease loneliness and increase positivity. Tuesday, August 18, 10 to 10:45 a.m.

ACMAPS Event Schedule.  Are you a mature student at York U? Are you interested in meditation or attending a casual, drop-in based café hour to meet other mature students or a mature student peer mentor? Check the schedule at the link above and attend any session you wish, via Zoom.

If you’re a mature student looking for a breakdown of all the resources available to you at York, be sure to check out this recent YUBlog post on York’s Top Resources for Mature Students.


Virtual Fireside Chat with alumnus Jesse Thistle (BA ’15). Join the York University Alumni Book Club to read From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way. Connect with other book lovers from the York community to discuss his inspiring and award-winning debut memoir. Thistle, who identifies as Métis-Cree-Scot, is a York University Ph.D. candidate in history and an assistant professor in the Department of Equity Studies. Tuesday, August 18, noon to 1 p.m.


York 101 Video: Get involved! This recent York 101 video explains how you can get involved at York and how doing so will lead you to find a community and pursue your passions outside of your studies. Learn all the different ways of getting involved at York, including clubs, college councils and more.


Summer Online Activities Calendar. Check out this calendar and take part in some online activities. Connect with others and participate in activities for your academic, career, entertainment and fitness needs.


Fall/Winter 2020-2021 course enrolment. Courses this fall will be, for the most part delivered online and remotely, and course enrolment for continuing undergraduate students is underway. For tips on organizing your schedule with the Visual Schedule Builder, check out the recent #YUBlog post, Making Enrolment Easier with the Visual Schedule Builder.

For more information about the upcoming Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Academic Session and York’s path forward for the upcoming academic year, visit the YU Better Together FAQ web page. Find answers to some of your questions about enrolment, class delivery, research, academic support, student services, general operations and much more.

Whether you’ve enrolled or not, there are a lot of questions you may have about course codes and getting started with Moodle this term. Learn about courses, course codes and a bit about Moodle in last week’s #YUBlog Post: Remote Learning 101: Course Codes and Finding Your Course on Moodle.

REMINDER: Check for available self-serve tools and resources on My Online Services. Get what you need, from wherever you are, at almost any time of the day.


When thinking about full year courses for next year, don’t forget to check out the award-winning C4: The Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom. This unique learning opportunity brings together students at the third-, fourth-, and fifth-year levels to work in interdisciplinary teams on real work challenges with social impact. Sign up here for more information.


Message from President Lenton regarding Stage 3: “With advice from our Emergency Operations Committee, work is being undertaken to assess how we can best comply with the guidelines for our campuses including how to maintain physical distancing and adhere to the limits regarding the number of people gathered in spaces. Immediate priorities include responding to requests for increased access to labs and offices that are required for colleagues to support the core teaching and research activities of the University.” Read the full message here. (En français)

York University to Build Markham Campus: “We have continued to advance the important longer-term initiatives that will help to build and secure our future, like the Markham Campus (MC). Today marks a bright spot, encouraging us to look ahead to 2023 when the doors to the much-anticipated MCC will open to students.” Read the full message from President Rhonda Lenton. (En français)

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