This Week at York for Week of August 25

This Week at York for Week of August 25

This Week @ York For Week of August 25

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 has 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.

1 How York plans to keep students on campus safe this fall. "While the majority of our community will be working and studying from home this fall, there are some important activities that will require a phased return to campus, such as ongoing research and a limited number of in-person courses. The gradual reopening of our campuses will continue to be guided by public health guidelines and the government. Our priority is keeping you safe. Unless you have been approved for select in-person activities (e.g. in-person courses, residence) in the Fall term, you do not need to come to campus."
2 Panel Event: A Dialogue on Anti-Black Racism and Racial Inequity — Implications for Our Work. The Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change invites you to a community discussion about anti-black racism and racial inequity. A panel featuring a variety of speakers from the York Community will bring together students, faculty and staff to discuss the implications of all this for our work.Tuesday, August 25, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
3 Help us deliver online student services that meet your needs. With classes being delivered in remote or online formats for the Fall 2020 term, most of you will be accessing student services, resources and activities remotely – from all corners of the globe. Before the Fall 2020 academic term begins, we’re asking you to complete this Service Delivery Form no later than Wednesday, August 26, so that we can more flexibly tailor services, supports and programs throughout the semester.
4 Fall 2020 International Student Virtual Orientation. In this orientation session designed for international students, you’ll learn about York International and many other supports, services and resources at York that are available to you, no matter where you are in the world. Connect with other students, classmates and new friends as you learn more about university life. Wednesday, August 26, 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday, August 28, 8 to 10 a.m.

York International’s daily Virtual Coffee Breaks are an online space for international and domestic students from across programs, Faculties, countries and cultures to connect and get to know each other! Student Leaders are on Zoom every weekday with different fun and interesting topics.  When you sign up, a confirmation email with the zoom link will be sent to you upon registration. View the York international Events Calendar for the full Virtual Coffee Break weekly schedule.

5 Career Centre Employer Specialized Event: RBC Lunch & Learn. At this session, you can learn about the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and how they are innovating in the current landscape. Their Early Talent Acquisition team will be hosting a Lunch & Learn to introduce you to student opportunities at RBC for Winter 2021, their recruitment timeline, how to stand out "virtually" during COVID-19 and more. Registration required – first-come, first-served. Thursday, August 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
6 Workshop: Zoom & Moodle Survival Guide. In this session hosted by the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students (ACMAPS), you can learn the ins and outs of Zoom and Moodle to prepare for online learning this year. Topics include setting up break-out rooms on Zoom, scheduling meetings, participating in Zoom lectures, navigating Moodle and much more! A mock lecture will be held to provide students with the opportunity to practice skills learned throughout the presentation. Registration required. Session Dates: Friday, August 28, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, September 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

ACMAPS Event Schedule.  Are you a mature student at York U? Are you interested in meditation or attending a casual, drop-in 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.

7 Student Financial Services (SFS) Workshop: Money for YU: Financing Your Academic Year. Whether you are a first-year student or continuing student, domestic or international student – York is committed to supporting you financially so you can focus on your academic goals and maximize your funding. Join the Student Financial Services team for this one-hour live session, where you can learn how to access various financial resources available to you and other possible sources of funding that you may not have previously explored! Wednesday, September 2, 10 a.m.
8 Student Accessibility Services continues to meet with students virtually! Students already registered with Student Accessibility Services can connect with their Accessibility Counsellor by email or via Check out the new Student Accessibility Services Moodle site, which is full of supports and resources to support you in your studies in a remote environment!

Interested in registering with Student Accessibility Services? Visit the New Students page on the SAS website.

If you’d also like to learn more about preparing for the school year, you can attend their webinar called Connect for Success: Back to School Edition on Thursday, August 27th from 1 to 2 p.m. Contact for the link.

9 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. Learn more about the C4 Program in their weekly webinars, which you can find at the top of this C4 Program #YUBlog Post.
10 York 101 Video: Campus Tour 2020. This recent video showcases the Keele Campus! Explore the exteriors of our campus, so that you’re ready to do it yourself when we get back to in-person activities. You’ll also learn some fun facts about each building.

YUBlog Post: What You May Have Missed: Summer 2020. Summer is coming to an end and you may have missed some of the changes that have gone on the last few months. This post recaps the blog’s favourite posts from this past summer, including the first few editions of the Remote Learning 101 Series.


Information about Winter 2021: “We are now finalizing decisions about Winter 2021 term courses. We are all looking forward to being on our campuses as soon as it is safe to do so but whether your learning will be in-person or online, our instructors are finding innovative ways to provide the high-quality learning experience for which York is known.” Read the full message here. (En français)

Message from Vice Provost, Students, Lucy Fromowitz regarding Student Self-Identification Survey: “In our desire to serve all our students, we must first know more about you. To this end, with collaboration across our campuses, we are committed to implementing a self-identification survey. The survey will be distributed to all students for the Fall 2021 start, and annually thereafter.  Your input will inform our policies, practices, programs, and services from an access and inclusion perspective.  It will also allow us to communicate directly about services and opportunities designed specifically for specific student populations.” Read the full message here.

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.

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