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Getting to Know YU

Getting to Know YU is a reach-ahead program designed to support high school students who are thinking about a university as a potential pathway after high school. The program gives grade 9 and 10 students from participating schools exposure to a variety of academic and recreational activities at York University through remote engagements to get them to consider university as a future pathway.

Participants of the program will:

  • Be paired with a current York University peer-mentor
  • Explore learning opportunities beyond high school
  • Invited to engage in and attend student-life events (i.e. Varsity games, social clubs, etc) at York University
  • Become aware of how to prepare and apply for university
  • Learn about the many career paths available to them with a university degree

Imagine yourself as York University student!


Getting to Know YU will partner with faculties and departments throughout the York University Campus, as well as school boards and community organization to promote the outreach and wrap around support for participants which include their families. Please click the links to learn more about the events that are being offered. Events are added to the list weekly so please check often.

Monthly Mentorship Sessions will take place on the last Wednesday of every month from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

Please be sure to register for each event at least ONE day before the event date. Zoom links for online sessions will be sent via email to registered guests on the morning of the event.

Getting to Know YU March Break Extravaganza

March 14-18 2022

You are invited to join Getting to Know YU during March Break to attend multiple events.

March 14 to 18

Screening of Patrick Alcedo’s award-winning They Call Me Dax (Department of Dance)

Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Dorothy struggles to survive as a high school student and ballet dancer. Fondly called Dax by her friends, she lives by herself in a poor district in Quezon City, Philippines, a sprawling urban space of three million people.

March 14 to 18

Screening of Patrick Alcedo’s award-winning documentary - Dancing Manilenyos (Department of Dance)

In Manila, a group of young Filipinos dream of making it big in the ballet world. Victor, who comes from a poor family, and Monica from a privileged background are among them. In this city that is one of the world’s most populated, the difference between those who have and those who have not is painfully extreme. Amidst Manila’s disparate social class, ballet teacher Luther hopes to lift his students out of poverty through artistic and life skills one learns from dancing.

Tuesday, March 15
8:45 am - 10:15 am

First-year Contemporary Modern Dance with Tracey Norman (Department of Dance)

This class is an introductory course in contemporary modern dance where students get the opportunity to prepare for more advanced technique classes in their second year.

Wednesday, March 16
8:45 am - 10:15 am & 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Dance Workshop with Norma Araiza (Department of Dance)

Norma Papalotl Araiza is a multidisciplinary performer/choreographer/instructor of Yoeme (Yaqui) and Basque descent, originally from Mexico. Her artistic style blends dance, theatre, vocals, percussion, and storytelling with cultural and traditional themes especially from her Indigenous background.

Wednesday, March 16
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Debunking Myths about University (Faculty of Health)

“Are you considering attending university but not sure if what you have heard about university is true?   Please join a team of students in the Faculty of Health at York University to debunk some of these myths.   The students will provide answers to many questions about how hard university is to what it’s like to interact with professors and to make friends.  Come prepared with any questions you might have, or just listen in to what the panel of students has prepared to share with you.   We look forward to seeing you there!”

Wednesday, March 16
3:00 pm

Scholarships 101 (York/TD Engagement Centre)

Wondering about scholarships? Hosted by the TD Centre for Community Engagement, this hands-on workshop will break down the scholarship process, including types of scholarships, where to find them, and best tips to make an award-winning application.

Wednesday, March 16
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Introduction to EcoScenography (Department of Theatre)

EcoScenography is an approach to theatre design which considers how we build immersive theatre worlds with sustainability, climate change, and the natural world in might. This workshop will connect you with the professional practice of designing for performance and evolving to respond to the climate crisis and imagine future stages. 

Wednesday, March 16
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Chat with a Set and Costume Designer (Department of Theatre)

Come meet award-winning costume designer Shawn Kerwin and learn about her life as a designer on many shows across Canada and beyond.

Wednesday, March 16
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Talk with Norma Araiza (Department of Dance)

Titled "The Expression of Dance," this talk is about the experience of approaching the creative process of a dance artist from different perspectives. In this case, the artistic practice of dance and the integration of Expressive Arts Therapy to support one another not just with the intention of getting an outcome but towards a better understanding of the artist's motivations and the human being within the creative process.

Wednesday, March 16
2:00 pm

An Introduction to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts (Department of Fine Arts)

Thursday, March 17
9:30 am

An Introduction to Art History

Meeting ID: 996 4151 3410 
Passcode: 251142

Thursday, March 17
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Transition from High School to University (Faculty of Science)

The transition from high school to university can be scary and intimidating, but as with anything, there is science and research behind the scenes! The 5Cs Academic Buoyancy model by Martin and Marsh gives us a framework to discuss the habits, traits, and attitudes that are associated with students that thrive at university. We’ll discuss what the research says about how you can succeed in your first year of university. We’ll talk about procrastination, reflection, test anxiety, setting goals, and growth mindsets. Prof. Andrew Skelton will talk about his experiences teaching first-year students and what he has learned reading, researching, and listening to students. Come prepared willing to ask questions and reflect on your academic journey!

Friday, March 18
9:30 am

The Fine Art Student Experience (Department of Fine Arts)

All students registered in Getting to Know YU must abide by the York University Code of Student Students Rights & Responsibilities.

Thank-you to our Partner Schools:

George Harvey Collegiate Institute Westview Centennial Secondary School
James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School Emery Collegiate Institute