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November 17, 2023

November 17, 2023

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November 17, 2023 Issue

December is fast approaching, and many of you are preparing for end-of-term assignments and final exams. In this edition of The Scoop, find resources to support you as you work towards achieving your academic goals! Participate in some of the excellent support programs and services offered by the university to help you get through the term.

Reminder: Don’t forget to consult York’s 2023-2024 important sessional dates as you begin planning for the new year.

Supports and Resources to Help You Thrive Academically

A wide range of resources and services are offered to LA&PS students to help you succeed academically and to balance your life and coursework. 

Check out these on-campus resources:

  • Writing Centre
    Need help in writing that final paper? Get the support you need to produce effective academic and professional writing by visiting the Writing Centre, located in the Ross building. You can join a Drop-In Session or book a One-to-One Appointment with a writing instructor.
  • Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
    Peer-Assisted Study Sessions, or PASS, are a very effective way to help succeed in challenging courses. In these free study sessions, you’ll work as a team with other students to break down complex ideas, develop smarter (and faster!) study methods, practice problem-solving, develop learning strategies and prepare for exams.
  • Student Numeracy Assistance Centre at Keele (SNACK)
    SNACK provides support to students in LA&PS courses that involve math, stats, and Excel. Whether you are enrolled in finance, accounting, marketing, or economics classes, you've come to the right place for student-friendly numeracy assistance.
  • Learning Skills Services
    Get the guidance you need to achieve your academic goals with workshops and services that address learning skills such as time management, writing effectively, ways to study and preparing for exams.
  • Academic Advising with your Student Success & Academic Advisor
    Student Success & Academic Advisors are dedicated to your academic success. They are available to provide the information and guidance you need to help achieve your academic goals. Just select your department to find your advisor.
  • Peer Mentoring
    Through peer mentoring, you can connect with a high-achieving upper-year student who can help you adjust to university life and find support and resources.

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Need Help Crafting Your Resume or Prepping for Interviews?

The Career Lounge at York Lanes, located right across from the bookstore, is now open! The lounge is equipped with Career Peer Educators available to help with any career-related questions and no appointments are required!

Career Peer Educators can help with:

  • Resumé & Cover Letters
  • Job Searching & Networking
  • Interview Skills & Preparation
  • Navigating the Career Centre Website
  • LinkedIn: Profile Building & Job Searching
  • Exploring What You Can do With Your Degree
  • Resources at Career Centre and on Campus

Contact the Career Centre by emailing or by calling 416-736-5351

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Lions, Are You Ready to Travel the World?

The LA&PS Summer Study Abroad Program is excited to offer you eight faculty-led study abroad courses in Summer 2024. Earn up to six York University credits while studying and living in a far away destination for up to one month with your friends and classmates!

Course applications are now open! The application deadline for all courses is January 12, 2024, at 11:59 pm EST. Check out the available courses and destinations.

If you would like to know more about the LA&PS Summer Study Abroad Program and to ask questions, please register for one of the upcoming info sessions.

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Is Your Study Permit About to Expire?

As an international student, you are required to have a valid permit to study in Canada. If your permit expires on or close to your graduation date, you should apply to renew your permit 3-4 months in advance. 
York International has licensed International Student Advisors, Immigration Specialists and other resources to help you navigate the process. 

Available Resources include:
•    York International’s Study Permit Extension Application Guide  
•    Immigration Workroom Friday mornings from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
•    Virtual Drop-in Group Advising with Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 
•    Booked Appointments via Qless on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

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Spend 3 - 4 Months Abroad with Global Internships

Interested in gaining international experience and a skill set that will build your resume? Try a Global Internship at one of our host organizations offering placements in a variety of sectors including research, industry, NGOs and so much more! The current recruitment cycle is for Summer 2024 and the deadline to apply to York International is December 1st, 2023.

Visit York International website to learn more or email at

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Earn a Credit While Working on a Social Impact Project

Connect with students across York to spend a year (or just one term) working on a real-world, social impact project through the Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom (C4). Work on challenges from non-profit organizations, cities, businesses, start-ups and more. You’ll come out of the course with new interdisciplinary professional skills and a multifaceted approach to problem-solving, as well as a course credit.  Check out this video about C4
For questions reach out to the C4 Team at or join the bi-weekly info sessions.

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Writer-in-Residence Program Presents: I AM SIRAT + A Conversation with Deepa Mehta & Shyam Selvadurai

The Faculty of LA&PS and the Department of English invite you to an evening with Writer-in-Residence Shyam Selvadurai and internationally revered filmmaker Deepa Mehta.

Shyam Selvadurai will host Mehta for a screening and discussion of her latest collaboration, the documentary film I Am Sirat. The film follows Sirat Taneja, a transwoman in India, as she navigates living a dual life.

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Consent & Intimacy Training for Theatre

Whether you are participating in theatre or not, this training will help you navigate conversations around consent in various workplace environments.

Join Corey Tazmania, a certified intimacy director with Intimacy Directors International. You will learn about the 5 Pillars (Context, Consent, Communication, Choreography, Closure) and how to apply these concepts in a theatrical environment.

This training is mandatory for all participants at Vanier College Productions (VCP).

November 16, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Dance Studio, Vanier College Room 202

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Vanier College Productions Presents: Ajax

Thought to be one of Sophocles' earliest works, Ajax is a Greek tragedy that depicts the fate of the warrior Ajax after the events of the Iliad. Tickets are PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN-AFFORD (suggested $5) and can be purchased online or at the door (cash only).

November 17, 2023 | 2:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. | Fred Thury Studio Theatre

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Job Searching After Graduation as an International Student

Job searching can be a part-time job on its own. During this session, you will learn and practice how to find opportunities through various job posting engines, such as Indeed and Canada Job Bank. You will learn how to analyze the job descriptions as well as how to apply for positions. 

Before attending the Job Searching After Graduation Session, please ensure that you have completed the Job Searching Strategies module of the Career Readiness Internship Preparation Course

November 21, 2023 | 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.  | Ross Building South 802

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Gain New Leadership Skills with LA&PS

LA&PS Colleges is happy to introduce “Leading with LA&PS," a program that consists of various workshops designed for students to develop and gain new leadership skills.
Our next workshop, "Conflict Resolution," will discuss strategies leaders can use to minimize conflict. Conflict and disagreements are inevitable so it’s important to have some strategies to ease the tension and ultimately resolve the conflict. You won’t want to miss this workshop.

November 22, 2023 | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | 109 Atkinson Building

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International Students are Invited to Join Us at the ESL Café!

In collaboration with the ESL Open Learning Centre, we will be offering an ESL Cafe for all international students in LA&PS!

The session will provide key tips on academic English speaking and provide opportunities for practice through a combination of interactive group discussions. A resource sheet with practical tips will be provided to students for later reference.

Note: An International Student Success Ambassador will stand in the rotunda of Vari Hall and will walk you to Ross Building South 327 for the ESL Café. 

November 23, 2023 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. | Ross Building South 327

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Got Talent? It's Your Time to Shine!

Vanier College Productions (VCP), in collaboration with Founders College presents "LA&PS Got Talent", a BRAND NEW talent show! The event is an opportunity for the LA&PS community to come together, mingle, and enjoy a showcase of our talented students.

Sign-up to showcase your talents for a chance to WIN a York University Bookstore gift card! Performances should be approximately 3 minutes long and consist of ANYTHING you consider to be your talent (e.g. singing, juggling, stand-up comedy, poetry, impressions and more). Please sign up NO LATER than Monday, November 20, 2023. Please sign up NO LATER than Monday, November 20, 2023.

If you’d like to attend the show, get your PWYCA (Pay-What-You-Can-Afford) tickets online.

November 23, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Fred Thury Studio Theatre (Room 258 VC)

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LA&PS Community Hub for Snacks, Games and More!

Join us at the Community Hub every week for some free snacks, board games, puzzles, colouring, a lending library and other destressers. The room is staffed with Peer Mentors to support you with whatever questions you have or resources you need. 

Don't forget to drop by on November 30 for some holiday-themed crafts with gingerbread cookie decorating, hot chocolate and holiday movies!

Every week from Wednesday-Friday | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Vanier Renaissance Room (VC 001)

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LA&PS Internship Program Drop-in Session

Test-drive a career and get hands-on experience in your chosen field! This Drop-in Session is an informal opportunity for students to speak with staff and ask any specific questions you may have about the LA&PS Internship Program.

November 30, 2023 | Enrol online

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