This Week @ York for Week of January 19

This Week @ York for Week of January 19

This Week @ York For Week of January 19

Hey Lions! 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 Sign up for the 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. Join the Career Advising virtual session and talk talk to you one-on-one with our career professionals and career peer educators. 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.
2 Paid Internship Opportunity: The Parliamentary Internship Program is a paid work/study opportunity on Parliament Hill. Application Deadline: Sunday, January 31.
3 Bell Let’s Talk. Join Athletics & Recreation for a week of virtual events during Bell Let’s Talk Week! All events are free and open to students, staff, and faculty. Help end the stigma surrounding mental illness by sharing your thoughts, experiences and support through virtual events and on social media. Monday, January 25 to Thursday, January 28. For a full listing of events, visit the link above.
4 Apply for the ninth Undergraduate Research Fair and Art Walk online! Applications fare now open to student applicants. The fair honours student researchers and provides you with an opportunity to share work that creates positive change. Fair participants will design a poster and present the results of a course research essay or project to the York community in a friendly, cross-curricular environment. Application Deadline: Sunday, January 31.
5 Register for the upcoming 2021 Winter Spark Leadership Summit! Hosted by the office of Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD), in collaboration with Alumni Engagement, the Career Centre, & the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. The theme this year is transitioning out of university life, or into your next academic year during/post-pandemic. With multiple sessions to choose from, the summit is designed to both SPARK leadership and career potential for York students. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 3, noon.
6 Learning Skills Services (LSS) Workshop: Reading & Note-taking. Join this workshop and learn more effective reading and notetaking techniques to help you stay on top of your course work. Wednesday, January 20, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration required.

Workshop for First-Year Students: Starting Off Strong. If you're new to York, join this session and learn some tips for academic success at university. You'll discover tools, tips and strategies to get you started on the right path to achieving your academic goals. Wednesday, January 20, 3 to 4 p.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. Thursday, January 21, 11 a.m. to noon. Registration required.

Workshop for Graduate Students: Academic Presentation Skills. This workshop is designed to help graduate students master the challenges of effectively presenting their academic work to others in today's remote learning environment. Thursday, January 21, 2 to 3 p.m. Registration required.
Workshop: Secrets of Academic Success. Join this workshop if you are looking for key strategies to help improve your academic achievement and confidence. Friday, January 22, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration required.

7 Virtual Café Hour (Mature Student Connect). Join representatives from the Atkinson Centre for Mature &Part-time Students (ACMAPS) and other mature students and experience a warm and inviting virtual atmosphere where you can meet a mature student peer mentor and connect with other mature students on campus. Drop-ins are welcome. Wednesday, January 20, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. OR Monday, January 25, 11 a.m. to noon.

Mindful Meditation. Join a session for some help with de-stressing, decreasing loneliness and increasing positivity. Thursday, January 21, 1 to 1:45 p.m. OR Tuesday, January 26, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

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.

8 SCLD Game Nights. Unwind, take a break from schoolwork and meet new people by dropping into our 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, January 21, 6 to 8 p.m. Registration required.
9 Health Education Workshop: Virtual Mental Health 101. This workshop will provide you with ways to support your peers with mental health concerns. It will also provide a safe online space for discussion and education about self-care practices, healthy boundaries and more. Wednesday, January 22, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration required. BONUS: Participants will be entered for $10 Starbucks gift card.

Workshop: Food and Mood. Learn about how the food you consume can affect your grades and your ability to handle challenges and stressors.  The Health Ed Peers lead this discussion about the relationship between nutrition and food choices and how it impacts student well-being. Hear about some mood-boosting food along with some simple and practical recipes for a student budget. Monday, January 25, 1 to 2 p.m. Registration required. BONUS: Participants will be entered for $10 Starbucks gift card.

Workshop: Everyday Mindfulness for Student Success. Learn about two approaches to mindfulness: a traditional guided meditation practice as well as mindful movement practices to help you feel grounded and calm. Monday, January 25, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Registration required. BONUS: Participants will be entered for $10 Starbucks gift card.

10 York International Workshops: Let’s Talk Academic Advising! Learn about how academic advising can help you. if you are not sure where to find support, or if you have questions about your academic journey, join to learn about and speak to different program and faculty Academic Advisors across York. Wednesday, January 27 and Thursday, January 28, 8:30 to 10 a.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.

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 the 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 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, 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.


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.

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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