This Week @ York for Week of November 17

This Week @ York for Week of November 17

This Week @ York For Week of November 17

Here’s your timely & targeted compilation of key events, noteworthy news and important dates for the remainder of the week. All posted event times are in Eastern Standard Time.

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.

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

1 Trans Awareness Week at York U. The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education and Student Counselling & Development (SCD) will be hosting Trans Awareness Week at York U from November 16 to 20 in support of our Trans, Queer and Gender Non-Conforming community. The Centre and SCD will be hosting events and workshops throughout the week. Keep checking the webpage for updates as we get closer to the date.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Virtual Event: Join the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion for a free, virtual event featuring the perspectives of incredible Trans and allied community members. Transgender Day of Remembrance has been observed annually as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students in the York Community. Friday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration required.

2 A Message from President Lenton on the Appointment of Maureen Armstrong as Ombudsperson: “President Rhonda Lenton has announced the appointment of Maureen Armstrong as the University’s new Ombudsperson. The University Ombudsperson provides an impartial and confidential service to York students, faculty and staff who have been unable to resolve their concerns about the application of York University policies, procedures and or practices.” Read the full announcement.

Markham Campus (MC) Virtual Town Hall. Join President Lenton and other York senior leaders in this Virtual Town Hall and learn about the latest updates on our plans for the MCC. This town hall will also give students an opportunity to ask questions about the University’s plans. We encourage you to submit questions in advance of the event using this question submission form. Wednesday, November 25, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

3 Experiential Learning Opportunity: UNHack: Design Solutions, Impact Lives. Calling all aspiring changemakers! No matter what you are studying, join other students for this hands-on experiential learning opportunity to solve United Nations' Sustainability Goals. The three-day event will feature workshops, networking opportunities and inspiring keynote presentations. Friday, November 20 to Sunday, November 22. Registration required.
4 Health Education Workshop: Self-Care Series: Cultivating Self-Compassion for Perfectionist Tendencies. Join this workshop hosted by Health Education and learn how to address negative beliefs and thoughts through self-compassion activities and explore how self-kindness and mindfulness can help you overcome setbacks as well as re-frame new approaches to goal setting and stress reduction. Tuesday, November 17, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Registration required.

Workshop: Virtual Mental Health 101. This workshop will provide you with ways to support your peers with mental health concerns as well as provide a safe online space for discussion and education about self-care practices, healthy boundaries and more. Wednesday, November 18, 10 to 11:30 p.m. Registration required.

Workshop: Sleep for Better Grades. Did you know that York students reported “sleep difficulties” as their third top academic stressor? Join the Peer Health Educators and learn some science-backed tips that can help you get your sleep back on track and improve your sleep hygiene to support better grades and academic success. Thursday, November 19, 11 a.m. to noon. Registration required.

5 International Panel on Antimicrobial Resistance Threat to Global Health. To mark the start of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, and to celebrate this new collaboration, York University and the WHO are presenting a Q&A panel with three international experts on antimicrobial resistance. The event will also include opening remarks from Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. Wednesday, November 18, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
6 Career Centre Webinar: Interview Preparation. Approach your next interview or networking event with increased confidence. Learn how you can influence the first impression you make and show your best self while answering employers' questions. Wednesday, November 18, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Registration required at Experience York.

Career Conversations: Discovering Careers in Social Justice and Inclusion. Come meet with professionals who have a career they love in social justice and inclusion. This event is a great opportunity to expand your professional network and get inside tips on securing employment in a specific industry from professionals in the field. Wednesday, November 18, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Registration required at Experience York.

Employer Recruitment Session: York University Temporary Agency (YUTA). Attend this virtual session to learn more about the York University Temporary Agency, resumé writing, interview tips, best practices and student applicant YU Hire FAQs. Thursday, November 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

7 Writing Centre Workshop: Sharing Your Digital Writing on Platforms. Log in and learn tips on how to move your writing to online platforms powered by WordPress, Medium, Blogger and similar drag-and-drop platforms and social media applications. After a discussion of some of the platforms and social media you (want to) use, you'll also spend some time looking at text editors and the code behind professional digital writing projects. Wednesday, November 18, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Workshop: Revising Your Sentences. Join the Writing Centre in this session and learn how to craft precise, clear and distraction-free sentences. Thursday, November 19, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

8 York International Information Session: Short Term and Summer Programs Q&A. Curious about Summer Abroad courses offered by York faculty members and York partners that will help you gain an international perspective while working towards your degree? Join this information session to find out more about the benefits of international education, which program is right for you and how to apply. Wednesday, November 18, noon to 1 p.m. Registration required.

Info Session: Global Internships Q&A. How about participating in a funded international internship? Register for this Zoom session to find out more about program requirements and application process. Thursday, November 19, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Registration required.

Info Session: Exchange Q&A. Students interested in participating in a York International exchange program must attend at least one Exchange Q&A. The session will recap the key points from the Information Session video, answer your questions and give the submission code for the Exchange Application. Thursday, November 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Registration required.

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.

9 Leadership Workshop: Creative Leadership & Fostering Individuality. Attend this workshop and learn strategies around collaborating with others. Your experience and personality are vital to your role as a leader. Embrace that! This session can inspire creative thinking by bridging your personal interests into your leadership role. Wednesday, November 18, noon to 1 p.m. Registration required.

Workshop: The Emotionally Intelligent Leader. Join this workshop and learn tips on how to empathize appropriately with team members, become aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, and implement this to improve team dynamics. Friday, November 20, 11 to noon. Registration required.

10 Race & Privilege: An Honest, Overdue Conversation with Ourselves. Join the York community in this interactive session hosted by Student Community & Leadership Development, where participants will utilize a conversational toolkit, wildcards and a series of dialogue-based questions that will help to empower difficult conversations around race and privilege with one another, but most importantly with ourselves. Gain perspective on, and challenge, the assumptions we make about one another based on our personal privileges. Wednesday, November 18, 1 to 3 p.m. Registration required.
11 Mature Student Webinar: Learn How the Career Centre Can Help You. In partnership with the Career Centre, the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students (ACMAPS) are excited to present a webinar to help you learn about York's Career Decision Making Model and how it can help you move forward in your career as a mature student.  You will also discover the range of virtual supports the Career Centre provides remotely during the pandemic. Wednesday, November 18, 2 to 3 p.m. Registration required at Experience York.

Mature Student Webinar: Resumé & Cover Letter Writing for Mature Students. Join this session co-hosted by the Career Centre and ACMAPS tailored to mature students to learn more about resumé and cover letter writing. Learn best practices on how to format your resume according to job postings and create accomplishment statements to help you stand out as a candidate. Thursday, November 19, 10:30 to noon. Registration required at Experience York.

Mindful Meditation Session. All students are welcome to join this meditation session facilitated by Psychologist Scott Pope from Student Counselling & Development. These sessions will help you to de-stress, decrease loneliness and increase positivity. Thursday, November 19, 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Mature Student Event Schedule. Are you a mature student 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.

12 Student Community Forum on Student Organization Regulation (Presidential Regulation 4) York has many opportunities for involvement through student government and clubs that provide activities, services, advocacy and representation to enrich the diversity and quality of life of all students. The Vice-Provost Students is hosting this student community forum about the purpose and process of revising Presidential Regulation 4. This is an opportunity for you to provide suggestions and have your questions answered by members of the Division of Students team. Thursday, November 19, 2 to 3 p.m.
13 Learning Commons Event: YU Got This! Academic Tips & Tools for End of Term. Log in to this workshop hosted by the Learning Commons and learn practical tips and tools that you can use to prepare for end of term assignment and exams. Thursday, November 19, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration required.
14 SCLD Game Nights. Unwind, take a break from schoolwork and meet new people by dropping into Student Community & Leadership Development's weekly game nights! They'll be offering a variety of games such as Among us, and Jackbox games. These game nights will be led by students on the Student Engagement Ambassador Team. Feel free to bring a friend or come meet a new one! Thursday, November 19, 6 to 8 p.m. Registration required.
15 York U Alumni Celebration: Honouring 20 Years of Bryden Awards. The Bryden Alumni Awards celebrate alumni who have changed the world for the better. This year’s virtual event which will bring 20 years of award winners together with York’s global community of alumni, friends, students and York leaders for an entertaining and inspiring evening. Join host Natasha Ramsahai (MSc ’01) and others for an evening of entertainment along with Kardinal Offishall, The Social’s Cynthia Loyst (BFA ’98) and Melissa Grelo (BA ’02), Come From Away playwrights Irene Sankoff (BA ’99) and David Hein (BFA ’97), chefs and entertainers Noah Cappe and Paul Lillakas (BA ’12), York student group WIBI A Cappella and more. Thursday, November 19, 6:50 to 8 p.m. Registration required.
16 Learning Skills Services (LSS) Workshop: Math & Science Problem Solving Skills. Register now for this workshop where you will explore tips and special strategies for math-related, problem solving courses. Friday, November 20, 10 to 11 a.m. Registration required.

Workshop: Time Management. Attend this workshop and learn key strategies to improve your academic achievement and confidence. Learn practical, personalized approaches to managing your time. Monday, November 23, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Registration required.


Announcement Regarding Full and Partial Parking Lot Closures: Throughout the winter months, selected perimeter parking lots on Keele campus will be closed either fully or partially as a result of low occupancy. For more information, please follow the link above or contact Parking Services at

Drop by the new virtual Learning Commons Welcome Desk at the top right of the Learning Commons website! It is an instant chat tool with Zoom integration for screen-sharing option and is available Monday to Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. Outside these hours, you can always check out the Learning Commons website for more information. The web site also now offers a Learning Commons FAQ page to answer popular questions for those who prefer anytime support.

The President's Creative Writing Awards. Get writing! The Creative Writing Department, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and The Office of the President are looking for original pieces in the following genres: poetry, short fiction, screenplay and stage-play. Open to all undergraduate students. Best entry for each genre gets $400! Submission deadline: Monday, January 18, 2021.

Writing Centre One-to-One and Drop-in Appointments. The Writing Centre invites you to bring any writing related to academics and book a 50-minute one-to-one appointment with a writing expert. They’re open Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Not enough time for a full appointment? Then join for a 15-minute appointment with drop-in support to have a question answered. We’re always happy to help.

York Cares United Way Campaign: GetUP for Community Virtual Challenge. We're encouraging the York Community to GetUP and get active from now until Sunday, November 22 to support people and families experiencing poverty, including those who have been impacted by the pandemic. Register under the “York University-York Cares” team or register your own team; just be sure to indicate that York University is your University and please include York University in the team name so we can celebrate with you.

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