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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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  • Statement from Dean Savage on the Attack in Buffalo - Dear colleagues, students, and all in our community, I write following the very deeply troubling violent events this weekend in Buffalo where distorted white supremacist notions and actions led to the death of 10 Black people. There are hardly words to describe this dreadful attack aimed at the Black community there. Read full statement

  • Congratulations to Associate Professor Roopa Desai Trilokekar on being awarded the 2022 CSSHE Research and Scholarship Award. The award recognizes research and scholarship on higher education and/or topics directly relevant to Canadian higher education which can include the socio-political context, access, governance, teaching and learning, institutional studies, or education and employment

  • Education research empowers youth to support planetary health - Today’s youth will face some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including the climate crisis, global inequality and sustainability. Preparing young people with the educational tools and skills to navigate complex issues is a key driver behind the research of Faculty of Education Professor and Canada Research Chair in Youth, Education & Global Good Kate Tilleczek. Read more

  • Professor Neita Israelite receives certificate of recognition from York University Student Accessibility Services – Congratulations to professor Neita Israelite on receiving a Certificate of Recognition at the Student Accessibility Services End of Year Celebration for 2022. Israelite was recognized for being a model teacher for the inclusion of students with disabilities.
    • Quote from nomination letter: “Neita is a model teacher for inclusive education — she lives and breathes it with every aspect of her (Inclusion of Students with Disabilities) course. Her course assessments were student centred, inclusive, open and creative. She went through a pretty difficult time with her husband passing during the semester, but her teaching methods, character and kindness still outshine as the lasting memories I will have regarding our class experience. She deserves it!”

  • ED Alumni Newsletter May 2022 issue – The May 2022 issue of the ED Alumni Newsletter is now available. This quarterly digital publication is sent to alumni and friends of the Faculty during the fall, winter and spring terms to keep them informed of the many vibrant and relevant activities that we have ahead in our Faculty. Read issue
  • 2022 Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Prevention Awards, Presented by Canada Life - We're thrilled to launch the second annual Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Prevention Awards, presented by Canada Life and co-led by A Way Home Canada and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH). The awards program was created to celebrate the important work Canadian organizations and collaborations are doing to prevent youth homelessness in Canada.  This year, two winners will each receive a cash prize of $10,000, along with a case-study on their initiative produced by the COH, and more! Apply by Thursday June 30th 2022, 5:00PM EST. Learn more and apply

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Program Office Updates

Dean's Office
  • FINAL REMINDER: “Join the Conversation” and contribute to the Faculty Five-Year Strategic Plan (2023-2027) – The Dean’s Office is seeking your input relevant to the development of our Five-Year plan. This listening and information gathering is anonymous and will be used confidentially. Your voice is important and we want to hear from you Join the conversation
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Office
  • The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Program was excited to host 5 grade 12 TDSB students with hearing loss on our York campus on Monday, May 16, to compete in the Optimist Communication Contest. They were joined by their teachers, family members and Mr. Ted Simmonds (Club President, Central Region of Optimist International), as well as friends and family who participated via live streaming. All students gave excellent speeches on the topic "Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times"; the winner received a $2500 for her university tuition, and second and third place winners received a cash prize. We look forward to seeing what is next for these wonderful young women

Research Office
  • On behalf of CFRAG, please join us on Tuesday, May 31 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. for the Faculty of Education Year-End Research Celebration that will highlight faculty stories of recent accomplishments and engage in a collaborative discussion about research to inform the Faculty of Education 5-Year Plan

  • Nominate yourself or a colleague for the Dean’s Impact Awards! Applications are due on Tuesday, May 31 by the end of the day
  • Please note the new date and time for the next panel of the Building Connections Speakers Series which will now be held on Thursday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The title of this panel is “Re-storying and Restoring Education for a Complex Entangled Planet.” The Zoom link, circulated by email, remains the same
Professional Learning Discussion
Office of Professional Learning
  • Teachers can also discover York U's Learning Plan to determine where they are in their professional learning journey. Learn more
Graduate Program Office
  • The Graduate Program thanks all students and faculty for a successful academic year. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we were able to show strength and energy for our programs and events.  2022 saw the return of our Annual Graduate Student Conference. The conference theme “Re” attracted many international and local delegates.
  • We are also happy to report a strong showing on the part of our students at this year’s fellowship competition. Congratulations to our External Award recipients! 
External Awards  
Award nameRecipientSupervisor
Vanier AwardKatherine BarronDr. Gillian Parekh
SSHRC FellowshipKatherine BarronDr. Gillian Parekh
SSHRC Fellowship Tesni EllisDr. Chloe Brushwood-Rose
SSHRC Fellowship (rec)Alicja FrankowskiDr. Cristina Delgado Vintimilla
SSHRC FellowshipJason HolmesDr. Khaled Barkaoui
SSHRC FellowshipNoah KhanDr. Aparna Mishra Tarc
SSHR FellowshipTim MartinDr. Mario Di Paolantonio
SSHRC FellowshipSheetal PrasadDr. Gabrielle Moser
  • Finally, we wish also to express our sincere congratulations to and excitement for all our students graduating at the in-person convocation ceremony this year.  We are so proud of the accomplishments of all of our students. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. 

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In Case You Missed It

  • Sustainable on the Go Partners explore new global landscape of higher education - UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability, Charles Hopkins, will be part of a team presenting the Toronto Declaration on the Future of Sustainable and Inclusive Internationalization in Higher Education at the World Higher Education Conference in Barcelona, Spain. Read more

  • York University's contribution to the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022 - View York University's video contribution for the 3rd UNESCO World Higher Education Conference in Barcelona in May 2022 on the topic “Engaging with the SDGs in my education means I can…..”. The video was arranged by York International and the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability. Watch video

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New Publications

  • Assistant Professor Vidya Shah has co-authored a chapter titled “Anti-racist Teaching and Leadership in Higher Education: Decentring Whiteness and Addressing Alt-right Resistance” in the book Leading for Equity and Social Justice

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In the Media

  • Securing Black Futures Brings High Schoolers to UBC - Carl James, the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora at York University, leads a new program, Securing Black Futures, which has received $1.2 million in funding from the Royal Bank of Canada’s Future Launch. The program examines how post-secondary institutions can provide support and security to Black students in the post-secondary environment. Read the article

  • 'Young, Gifted and Black': Dalhousie prof works to show Black students they're not alone   - Carl James, the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University, is the program director and lead for Securing Black Futures; a national project led by Black researchers designed to get more Black youth interested in post-secondary education. Securing Black Futures recently joined forces with Dalhousie University. Read the article

  • Black alienation in academic life begins in high school - Research by professor and Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora, Carl James, is referenced in a discussion on a database that tracks the experiences and challenges of Black youth in university. Read the article

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News from the York Community

  • York University moves up in QS World Rankings - York University has advanced in the 2022 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject, signalling its position as a leading international research and teaching university that is driving positive change to right the future. Read more
  • Temporary closure of hourly/daily parking in the York Lanes Parking Garage - The York Lanes parking garage will be closed to hourly/daily parking while significant repair and maintenance work is undertaken, including repaving the roof top. Work will begin on Monday, May 9. It is anticipated that the garage will reopen in early August 2022. Learn more
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Spring 2022 Convocation

June 10 | 3:30 p.m. ET

Honorary degree Recipient:  Elder Duke Redbird, LLD

Robing and Marshalling:   2 p.m. | Grad Services Pavilion, Sobeys Stadium (formerly Aviva Centre)

Reception:  All graduates and guests are invited to the Faculty reception following the ceremony in the Reception Pavilion.

More details

Faculty of Education Summer Institute (FESI) 2022
Collective Dreaming: Co-Constructing Conditions for Liberatory Education

August 15 & 16, 2022

Online - Asynchronous/Synchronous

Please join us for our annual conference for educators, school board and ministry representatives, community members, faculty, teacher candidates and youth. Check at the end of May for more details and to register.

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