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May 30, 2024

May 30, 2024

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Celebrate Pride and Indigenous History Month and Volunteer with the Colleges in this edition of The Scoop!

May 30, 2024 Issue

Hello Lions!

The flowers are blooming on campus and we hope your summer semester is off to a great start! June is a time to celebrate and honour both our 2SLGBTQIA+ and Indigenous community members. Throughout the month, follow along on social media as we will be highlighting opportunities to celebrate Pride and Indigenous History Month at York.

Connecting with the community can help boost your mood and contribute positively to your university experience. Check out our programs and volunteer opportunities with the LA&PS Colleges to get involved, meet new people and become an active member of the community.

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Join us for In-Person Events as we Celebrate Pride

York is proud to celebrate the contributions, ongoing accomplishments and activism of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. The journey towards York’s commitment to decolonization, equity, diversity and inclusion (DEDI) and the fundamental belief that everyone should be treated fairly and equitably with respect and dignity is key, not only during Pride Month but throughout the year.

During the month we invite you to join us for in-person events or on social using the hashtags #YUPride or #PrideMonth!

To kick-off the celebrations at York, there will be a flag unfurling event on June 4 at 1:30 p.m. at Vari Hall Rotunda. Happy Pride!

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Help us Honour Indigenous Month at York

June is a time to reflect and honour Indigenous histories, cultures and contributions to society. National Indigenous Peoples Day falls on June 21, the summer solstice, which

is the longest day of the year. It is a day to recognize the diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Learn more about Indigenous History Month at York and take part in the celebration on social using the hashtags #IndigenousHistoryMonth and #IndigenousatYU. York is taking important steps to integrate Indigenous knowledges and perspectives as part of our well-being strategy & commitment to decolonization.

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Two Ways to Volunteer With LA&PS Colleges!

Are you looking to give back to the LA&PS community, gain valuable leadership skills, build connections and contribute to student life at York? Volunteer with LA&PS Colleges.

First Year Experience (FYE) Peer Mentor: FYE Peer Mentors help new students transition to their life at York and the Faculty of LA&PS! Mentor students one-on-one and in

groups to help them navigate the university, make friends, build community, develop skills for success and find the fun on campus!

College Crew Volunteer: The College Crew Volunteers are dedicated to enriching the undergraduate and graduate experience within LA&PS by assisting with LA&PS Colleges' events, including Orientation, Exam Jam, Pizza with Profs and Love That for You. You get to facilitate student engagement in the LA&PS Community Hub and conduct outreach through activities and tabling.

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Six LA&PS Alumni Recognized as York's Top 30 Under 30

York University announced its Top 30 Alumni Under 30 for 2024 and this year six alumni from the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies are celebrated for their achievements. This distinguished group of alumni have displayed exemplary leadership and volunteerism to address deep and complex social challenges – both locally and globally. Congrats to the featured LA&PS alumni!

  • Khadeja Elsibai - Public servant and community builder

  • John Lau - Sustainability leader

  • Nuria Madrenas - Art curation innovator

  • Larissa Parekh - Community builder

  • Leanne Prendergast - Anti-bullying advocate and author

  • Sam Rockbrune - Community leader and social justice advocate

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Apply Now to volunteer as a YU Explore Peer Mentor!

Are you passionate about helping others and making a difference? Apply now to volunteer as a YU Explore Peer Mentor! The YU Explore program is a support network designed specifically for Undeclared Major students. As a mentor, you'll develop valuable leadership and communication skills, build lasting friendships and expand your network. Enhance your resume with meaningful volunteer experience while positively impacting your peers and growing both personally and professionally. 

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Get Hands-On Experience with the LA&PS Co-op Program

Before applying to the LA&PS Co-op Program, students must attend a mandatory information session. The session provides an overview of the program and academic eligibility requirements.

Check schedule below for dates and times

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Get Answers at an Internship Drop-In Session

This is an informal opportunity for students to speak with staff to ask any specific questions you may have about the LA&PS Co-op Program. Join us for in-person office hours where you can meet with coordinators.

June 11 | 12 – 1 p.m.

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Take the First Step Towards Your Career!

This drop-in session provides students in the LA&PS Co-op Program the opportunity to ask questions regarding career readiness. This includes support around resume writing, interview skills, cover letters, job searching and more.

May 29 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Gain Confidence Speaking English!

The English Conversation Partners (ECP) Program is a 7-week immersive and unique cross-cultural experience for participants to engage in meaningful conversations, make long-lasting friendships and attend lots of fun events. The program pairs international students looking to practice and improve their spoken English, with a student who is fluent and proficient in English.

There are two ways to participate in the program:

  • Student Peer – for students looking to build their confidence in speaking the English language by practicing and engaging in conversations throughout the program.

  • Conversation Partner – open to domestic and international students who are fluent and proficient in English and are comfortable facilitating conversations in a safe and welcoming environment.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact York International directly at

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Relax, recharge and reconnect with a Coffee Break!

Coffee Break provide an informal, casual setting for students to take a break from daily academic responsibilities and studies. Share and learn from each other in a fun and friendly setting. There is a different theme or topic each week to generate conversation and fun activities! Upcoming Coffee Breaks:

June 5 | 2 - 4 p.m. - Celebrate Yourself (Pride Month)

June 12 | 2 - 4 p.m. - Eid al-Adha

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Apply for an Undergraduate Bursary

If you faced unexpected costs during the revised period after the labour disruption ended (remediation period), you may apply for an undergraduate bursary. This bursary can assist with non-tuition related expenses. The deadline to apply for the undergraduate bursary is Sunday, June 14, 11:59 p.m.

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Two smiling graduates in black caps and gowns, one holding a bouquet of red roses, stand together against a backdrop of green foliage.

If you are graduating, we want to share your story!

Tell us about your university experience, special memories, why you chose your program or what you are planning to do next! Submit a story for a chance to be featured in central marketing efforts during convocation.

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