This Week @ York for Week of February 9

This Week @ York for Week of February 9

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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Important Dates

  • The University is CLOSED on Monday, February 15 for Family Day.
  • Reading Week runs from Tuesday, February 16 to Friday, February 19. Most classes resume on Monday, February 22.

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

1York is celebrating Black History Month. February is packed with virtual events to educate the community and celebrate Black culture at York, in Canada and around the world. Here’s a snapshot of what you can find this week:.The Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion (CHREI) is holding a weekly Understanding Racism Workshop Series throughout February to provide students, staff and faculty the tools to understand racism and develop strategies to be anti-racist. This week’s workshops:Racial Inclusion & Employment Equity. This workshop focuses on racism and discrimination in the workplace, highlighting the relevant policies and laws in place to support efforts that build healthy and inclusive workplace environments and culture. Tuesday, February 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Registration required.In addition to this, you can also attend this month’s Respect, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Workshops. These workshops are not only a great way to learn, but they are a professional development opportunity that will help you in your career beyond York. Attend at least three of the REDI workshops (90 minutes each) and complete the REDI Online Tutorial to receive a REDI Certificate of Completion!Athletics & Recreation (A&R) is offering a number of opportunities to celebrate Black Excellence with panel discussions, videos, events and profiles of the tremendous Black student-athletes within their own department. Visit the site every Monday for new spotlights and follow @yorkulions throughout the month for more exciting stories, videos and events.More Resources for Black Students:The Career Centre offers specialized resources for Black students, aiming to help them with job searches, career guidance and post-graduate study options.To provide students with a safe space, Student Counselling & Development has created a support group exclusively for Black, Indigenous & People of Colour (BIPOC) students.As part of the Division of Student's work to address oppression and confront anti-Black racism, SCLD has compiled a working anti-racist resource document to inform and educate the student community.
For a snapshot of all of the events happening this month, as well as some important resources for the community, check out the recent #YUBlog post, "Black History Month at York."
2Sexual Violence Response Education Week. Join the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education as they raise awareness about Sexual Violence Response from Friday, February 5 to Friday, February 12. Take a look through the itinerary and sign up for virtual workshops, panels and training open to all students. You can also all the information you need about the events and other supports offered by The Centre in last week’s #YUBlog post.Gender Based Violence in Health Care. This event will look at gender-based violence in health care systems. Join the Director of The Centre, Joanie Cameron Pritchett, as she and other panelists discuss the systemic violence that pervades our institutions. Wednesday, February 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration required.The Issues and Impacts of Misogynoir: Voices of Experience Part 2. Continuing a conversation in November 2020, this session addresses "misogynoir", the term coined by queer Black feminist Moya Bailey to describe the experiences of prejudice and harassment directed at Black women. This will be followed by a one-hour healing and support space dedicated to Black women to address the issues and impacts of misogynoir. Thursday, February 11, 1 to 3 p.m. Registration required.Information on Sex Trafficking. Join this session featuring panelists from Native Child & Family Services of Toronto, where they will discuss intersections between colonialism and trafficking, how human trafficking affects Indigenous community members in the GTA, challenges that community members experience and their approach to service provision. Friday, February 12, noon to 1:30 p.m. Registration required.
3Workshop: Critical Thinking. Take this workshop and dive into styles of learning that go beyond just memorizing facts and figures. This workshop will help you push beyond purely descriptive levels of thinking to deeper levels of understanding, analysis, critical thinking and evaluation. Wednesday, February 10, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration required.Workshop: Memory. In this session, you'll learn techniques to help you transfer all your course work information into your long-term memory, along with the strategies you’ll need to retrieve the information when you most need it. Thursday, February 11, 10 to 11 a.m. Registration required.Workshop: Learning Power. Join this workshop and learn tips on how to become a better student by exploring your own learning preferences and discovering the best learning strategies for you. Friday, February 12, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration required.
4York International Workshop: Who Am I: Self-Discovery & Career Exploration. Join this session designed for international students to learn strategies for how to shape your job searches to match your unique skills and how to effectively apply your experiences in a Canadian context. Wednesday, February 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Zoom links will be shared via email with all registrants.Workshop: Global Peer Program: Healthy Relationships & Valentine's Day Fun. The Global Peer Program is partnering with The Centre to explore and reflect on healthy relationships – what they are, how to cultivate them, how to spot red flags and much more. You'll also get to participate in fun Valentine's Day activities and enjoy a great opportunity to connect with your peers! Friday, February 12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. 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.
5Health 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, February 10, 1 to 2 p.m. Registration required. Bonus: Participants will be entered to win an Indigo gift card.Workshop: Nutrition Basics & Meal Planning on a Budget. Attend this virtual session and get tips on how to prepare easy, healthy meals at home. Learn about shopping for healthier foods, comparing nutrition labels and easier ways to plan your meals on a student-friendly budget. Thursday, February 11, 10 to 11 a.m. Registration required. Bonus: Participants will be entered to win a food-themed gift card.Workshop: Sexual Health 101. Join this session and learn more about sexual health, consent and safe sex, which can help keep you and others safe regardless if you are engaging in sexual activity or not. This workshop is open and welcoming to all levels of knowledge and experience. Thursday, February 11, noon to 1 p.m. Registration required. Bonus: Participants will be entered to win an Indigo gift card.
6Mature Student Workshop: Citations 101. In this session developed for mature students, you'll learn popular forms of citations used at York and how to access specific resources that will be helpful for your academic journey. Wednesday, February 10, 1 to 2 p.m. Registration required.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.
7Writing Centre Workshop: Analyzing Your Assignment. Join this session hosted by the Writing Centre and learn more about your assignment instructions and gain insight on your instructor's expectations. Thursday, February 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drop-Ins welcome.
8Perseverance Landing Party. Join York's Allan I. Carswell Observatory for a virtual party celebrating the landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter on Mars! Connect via YouTube and watch the Perseverance landing, learn about Mars and hear a live discussion of what of Assistant Professor Elaina Hyde of the Faculty of Science calls the final “seven minutes of terror.” Weather permitting, the Observatory will also show live images from its new one-metre telescope. Thursday, February 18, 2:30 to 4 p.m. or until after the landing.


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.

Writing Centre One-To-One and Drop-in Appointments. The Writing Centre invites you to bring any writing related to academics to a 50-minute one-on-one appointment with a writing expert. They’re open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you don't have time for a full appointment, drop in for a 15-minute session to have a question answered. They’re always happy to help.

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