This Week at York for Week of September 22

This Week at York for Week of September 22

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 Anti-Racism Workshop Series: Acknowledging & Addressing Racism. Join this training session hosted by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion to gain an understanding of the impact of racially based microaggressions and implicit bias. Learn strategies to recognize and address these barriers to inclusive spaces on campus. Wednesday, September 23, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Registration required.
2 Fall 2020 Virtual Career Fair. Meet employers who are looking to hire York students for a variety of opportunities, including part-time, summer, internship and full-time positions after graduation. Participate in the Career Advising virtual session hosted on Zoom where our career professionals and career peer educators will be available to talk to you one-on-one. You can access the Zoom link from the Career Centre's welcome booth webcast or simply drop into a private chat and they’ll be happy to share the link! Thursday, September 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3 LinkedIn Learning Update. York’s current LinkedIn Learning license with eCampusOntario has expired. To ensure continuity of service, York is pursuing an independent contract to maintain LinkedIn Learning access for the York community. The University will provide updates to community as they are available. In the meantime, many public library systems offer access to LinkedIn Learning, including the Toronto Public Library. Check your local library’s site for details about access to the platform.
4 Limited Study Spaces on Campus: Students living in proximity to campus, in undergraduate residences, York Apartments and The Quad, and those in on-campus courses have indicated a need for accessible, quiet spaces with reliable internet access to study and work on projects. In response to this need, York is making a limited number of student study spaces available to students on campus. Use of all study spaces will require pre-booking, via the study space online reservation tool.

To ensure your safety while on campus, we have instituted designated entrances for student access that will require your YU-card to gain entry. Please visit the Building Access on Campus web page for a map of designated building entrances and details about which buildings do not have YU-card readers and how to access them.

5 Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series: Souvankham Thammavongsa, How to Pronounce Knife. Get up close and personal and explore the contemporary work of renowned authors, while benefitting from the unique opportunity to engage with them in a dialogue about their work. Readings are free and open to all students. Tuesday, September 22, 7 to 9 p.m.
6 Calling all new international students! You are invited to the President’s Virtual International Student Reception. Join York International and President Rhonda Lenton in a virtual event connecting new people from York’s international community and beyond. The President will welcome you to the 2020-2021 academic year, and you’ll get a chance to virtually meet other international students and interact with the President and other York University staff. Wednesday, September 23, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. or Friday, September 25, 8 to 10 a.m. Registration required (select one date only).

View the York International Events Calendar for the full Virtual Coffee Break weekly schedule. YI’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.

7 Focus Group Opportunity: Let your voice be heard! Join one of three one-hour focus groups run by the Career Centre and inform the design of an exciting new set of activities to help you make better use of the experiences, knowledge and skills you acquire throughout your coursework. Fill out the Student Focus Group Sign-up Form to take part in for one of the focus groups over Zoom. Dates: Thursday, September 24, 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, September 28, 1 to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, September 30, 10 to 11 a.m.
8 Consent Week. Join The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education as they raise awareness about consent this week. Check out their website for the list of events and workshops, and attend online panels, sessions and events open to all students, staff, faculty and instructors in the York community. Monday, September 28 to October 2.
9 Virtual Mental Health 101. This workshop, hosted by Health Education, will provide you with ways to support your peers with mental health concerns. Participants will learn tools to recognize, respond and refer students experiencing mental health issues and/or distress to appropriate campus and off-campus resources. It will also provide a safe online space for discussion and education about self-care practices, healthy boundaries and more. Monday, September 28, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Registration required.
10 Attention first-year students! Register for the Unsinkable Youth Event featuring Monique Coleman. This event gives you a chance to celebrate YOU during this challenging time with celebrities including Olympian and Unsinkable founder Silken Laumann. This event is focused on your mental health as you go through this life transition in the midst of a pandemic. PLUS, just for registering, you'll be automatically entered for a chance to win $500 towards your tuition! Tuesday, September 29, 7 p.m. Registration required.
11 Mature Student Event Schedule. Are you a mature student at York? 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.


Meet SAVY, the newly named Student Virtual Assistant! SAVY is a software-based agent, built on IBM’s Watson platform through a collaboration between York’s Division of Students, University Information Technology, our Faculties and service areas, and guided and informed by students. Find all sorts of content designed to help you perform tasks related to your academic journey at York. SAVY is accessible through eClass or the web launcher.

Student Guide to Remote Learning. Learning Skills Services has created this guide to help you find the resources and supports to successfully navigate being a remote learner.

Looking for ways to manage your time? Study and learn more effectively? Keep up with readings and course work? Let Learning Skills Services help you achieve your academic goals. Be sure to check out their workshops calendar throughout the term.

The Creation of York’s new Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change. “I am very pleased to be able to announce the formal creation of the new Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) which brings together the expertise housed in the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) and the department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. This new Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change is believed to be the first faculty of its kind in the world to bring together a critical mass of physical geographers, ecologists, social scientists, humanities researchers and artists whose innovative, world-renowned research addresses natural, built and social spaces from a global perspective.” Read the full message here.

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