This Week at York for Week of January 12

This Week at York for Week of January 12

This Week @ York For Week of January 12

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 A statement from York University President Rhonda Lenton on first anniversary of Flight 752 tragedy. "York is one of many Canadian education institutions that suffered losses on the flight, which claimed the lives of all 176 people on board, including dozens of students, staff, faculty and alumni committed to higher education and to making a positive impact in their communities and around the world. To honor their memory, in February of last year, York established an Iranian Students Memorial Award, which will help support students who have been active in the Iranian community as they pursue higher education." Read the full statement here.

Update on June 2021 Convocation: “After careful consideration of the ongoing public health concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have once again made the difficult decision to hold our June 2021 convocation ceremonies virtually, as opposed to in-person." Read the full message here.

2 Employment Opportunity: Residence Life House Don 2021-2022
3 Consent Talks with York International. York International (YI) is hosting a production from The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education (The Centre) made in collaboration with Vanier College Productions called Consent Talks. The play is about sex and consent, looking at the university experience during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Some explored themes include virtual hookups, sexual violence, online harassment and the impact of social media and physical distancing rules. Support persons and representatives from The Centre will be in attendance for support. Wednesday, January 13, 9 a.m. Registration required.
4 Drop-in International Student Advising. Drop in to speak with YI's immigration specialists who can help answer your quick questions regarding study permits, work permits, visas, SIN, quarantine and travel information, and more. Wednesday, January 13, 1 to 3:30 p.m. No appointment needed, but registration is required for the Zoom link.

Additional dates & registration links:

Drop-In International Student Advising.  Friday, January 15, 9 to 11 a.m. No appointment needed, but registration is required for the Zoom link.

Global Internships Q&A. Interested in participating in a funded international internship? Please register for this Zoom information session to find out more about program requirements and the application process. Thursday, January 14, 2:30 to 3:30 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.

5 Community Forum on Sustainability Development Goals. The President's Sustainability Council in partnership with the Office of the Provost is pleased to invite you to attend the first Community Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the Summer of 2020, we adopted a new University Academic Plan (UAP) 2020-2025 Building a Better Future. The new UAP includes a University-Wide Challenge to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and this meeting is intended as an initial opportunity for discussion and engagement. Wednesday, January 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Registration required.
6 Nellie Library Welcome Back Café. Everyone is welcome to join the first Nellie Library Welcome Back Café of the term. This first café will be an opportunity for new and returning students, staff and faculty to connect virtually over a cup of their favourite beverage. We want to welcome everyone’s return after our first extended holiday break during the pandemic. Join for the full café event or drop in for a few minutes just to say hello. BONUS: Student attendees’’ names will be entered into a draw for a $10 coffee card!  Thursday, January 14, noon to 1:30 p.m. Zoom link information available at the link above.

Additional dates:

Nellie Library Welcome Back Café. Monday, January 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

7 ElleHacks 2021. Take part in the largest hackathon created for women and non-binary individuals of all experience levels! ElleHacks is an event led entirely by students with a background in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The event challenges participants from different technical and creative disciplines to collaborate, learn, compete and show off their skills to solve real-life problems in an inclusive and safe space. Friday, January 15, 5 p.m. to Sunday, January 17, 5:30 p.m. Registration required.
8 Preparing for Career Fair Success: Resumé & Cover Letter Writing. Attend this webinar and find out how to effectively target your resumé and cover letter. Present your experiences, education and skills in a way that showcases your assets and piques employers' interest in you. Monday, January 18, 10 a.m. to noon. Registration required on Experience York.

Sign up for next week’s Winter 2021 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 we’ll be happy to share the link! Thursday, January 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration required on Experience York.

9 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

To learn more about Student Accessibility Services join one of their Information Sessions on the first Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m.  You can find the Zoom link on the York Events Calendar. If you are interested in registering with Student Accessibility Services, visit the New Students page on their website.

10 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, you can submit work to more than one category, but may only submit one work per genre. Best entry for each genre gets $400! Submission deadline: Monday, January 18, 2021.
11 Celebrate other students at the annual Experiential Education (EE) Symposium, which showcases experiential education at York and celebrates the achievements of students who have participated in EE. This year’s virtual event will consist of opening remarks from President and York staff, a student/faculty panel presentation and students presenting their projects in the form of posters. Register and get the Zoom link for this exciting event at the link above. Thursday, January 28, 1 to 4 p.m. Registration required.
12 REMINDER: If you’re looking to complete some registrarial tasks as you get settled in this term, 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. Visit the Welcome to Winter 2021 web page for your start of term resources.

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