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February 8, 2024

February 8, 2024

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Black History Month, work-study opportunities and more

February 8, 2024 Issue

Hello Lions!

February is a busy month at LA&PS! It’s Black History Month and this year’s theme is “Black Voices, Black Stories.” There are many events taking place across campus where you can experience the rich heritage, traditions and culture of the Black community. In this edition of The Scoop, learn about Black History Month programs and events, work-study opportunities, Valentine's Day activities and more.  

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Enter the Black History Month Poetry Contest

In honour of Black History Month, the School of Public Policy & Administration, supported by the Public Policy & Administration Student Association (PPASA), is organizing a poetry contest for all undergraduate students to celebrate Black excellence. 
The theme for the poetry contest is Black representation in the public sector. The top three poetry submissions will be recognized with monetary prizes!  

The deadline for entries is February 29 at 11:59 p.m.  

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Attend a Special Screening of Home Feeling

The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) Student Caucus invites you to reflect on local Black history through a special screening of Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community, a film by Jennifer Hodge and Roger McTair documenting the heart of the Jane-Finch corridor in the early 1980s. Home Feeling focuses on the lives of Jane-Finch residents, many of whom are members of the BIPOC community. The film provides a powerful, historical view of a community actively working towards a more positive future. Join us as we open a chapter of Toronto's Black history and celebrate the resilience of the Jane-Finch community. 

February 8 from 4 – 5 p.m. | Kaneff Tower, Room 626

Accessibility Note: Please be aware that as the documentary was filmed in the 1980s, the audio may be at times muffled, and the film does not include subtitles.

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Join the Dreaming with Archives: Creative Writing Workshop

To celebrate Black History Month and drawing from archival materials, archivist Melissa J. Nelson will guide participants in a creative writing workshop to connect with those who came before us and imagine a future for those yet to be born. Come view original archival materials, access ancestral memories and dream of Black futurity. No writing experience is necessary – only your imagination. 
Light refreshments will be provided.
February 15 from 1 – 3 p.m. | Archives of Ontario
York University, Keele Campus, 134 Ian MacDonald Blvd

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The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies invites you to their Annual Lecture. This roundtable will explore various fields such as higher education, broadcasting, news organizations and politics and the ways in which racialized and other marginalized people with progressive politics are initially welcomed in spaces of power, becoming symbols (or tokens) of progress in achieving “diversity and inclusion,” only to then be gaslighted, vilified or face reprisals for espousing their views.

Featured Speakers include:
Ginella Massa – Broadcast Journalist & Media Consultant
Desmond Cole – Journalist, Activist and author of The Skin We’re In
Dr. Nadiya Ali – Assistant Professor of Sociology, Trent University
Somar Abuaziza – President of Palestine Solidarity Collective (PSC)

February 29 from 12 – 2 p.m. I Founders Assembly Hall, 152 Founders College

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LA&PS Student Success & Retention is Hiring!

Are you a LA&PS student looking for a summer job? You could join the vibrant Student Success and Engagement teams! We’re excited to announce that over 20 work-study positions are available now. Through these experiences, you can gain leadership skills, build York pride, and contribute to student life! 

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Learn more about the LA&PS Internship Program

Join us to learn more about the LA&PS Internship Program, including academic eligibility requirements, the application and job search process, program expectations and fees.

There are Information Sessions on February 13 and 16, as well as an Internship Program Drop-in Session taking place on February 9.  

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Did Someone Say Therapy Dogs and Pizza?

First year students are invited to come feel the love with LA&PS Colleges at our Love That For You event! 
Treat yourself to pizza, hot chocolate and snacks, make friendship bracelets, craft candy grams, Valentine's cards, watch rom-coms and more. 
You won’t want to miss our lovable guest therapy dogs Doongie and Buster who will be visiting between 12 to 2 p.m.!  

February 14 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Community Hub – Vanier College, Room 001 
Have a question about the event? Reach out to us at

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Join the First Leading with LA&PS Workshop

Upgrade your skills and meet friends with our new Leading with LA&PS initiative. We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the first workshop in the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) stream. Take part in this workshop to learn more about EDI, Allyship and its implications on being a leader.

February 14 from 2:30 – 4 p.m.

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Learn About Life after Graduation at the Pizza with Prof Event

Are you curious about what it's like to be a professor? Grab a slice of pizza and chat with a few of our LA&PS professors about what their typical day entails and potential career paths you could explore after graduation. 

February 15 from 12:30 - 2 p.m | Renaissance Room (VC 001)

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Prepare for Your Midterm Exams

Midterm exams are approaching, so join us during this Study Meet to learn how to implement effective studying strategies! Work with an International Student Success Ambassador to put your knowledge into practice. 
As a part of the Study Meet program, you will get a virtual stamp for every Study Meet you attend. If you receive four virtual stamps, then you will be entered for a draw to win an excellent York swag bag! 

February 15 from 1 – 3 p.m. | Virtual Session  

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Pay-What-You-Can to Watch Antigone

Following the events of Oedipus Rex, Sophocles tells the tale of Antigone, a daughter fighting to honour the life of her brother, who tragically lost his life fighting for the crown of Thebes. A collaboration between Vanier College Productions (VCP) and the Classical Studies Department at LA&PS, come experience a tragic tale of fidelity, equity and love for family.
Tickets are pay-what-you-can (suggested $5) and can be purchased online or at the door (cash only). To reach the theatre, take the stairs or elevator on the east side of Vanier College to the second floor.

February 16 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. | Fred Thury Studio Theatre 

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Join the Reading Week Field Trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario

With Reading Week approaching, the LA&PS International Student Success Ambassador team invites you on an adventure to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)! Join us for an afternoon to explore some amazing masterpieces! Our goal is to help international students get to know each other and understand the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) routes. Remember to bring a camera to make some memories. 

February 23 from 2 – 5:30 p.m.

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Come Explore the Topic of Surveillance

Surveillance is perceived as a modern issue, associated with globalized digital technologies. The concept of surveillance has been around long before the digital era, dating back to ancient times.
Join us at the Criminology Annual Lecture where speaker David Lyon, former Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre and Professor Emeritus of Sociology and of Law at Queen’s University, explore the topic of surveillance and the discernible shift from the ancient concept of the “eye-of-God” to the modern day “eye-of-power.” 

Thursday March 14 from 3 – 5 p.m. | Curtis Lecture Halls, B

No registration required.

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