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Driving Positive Change in 2022-2023

A modern 21st Century University, York is a hub for surrounding communities; an incubator of ideas and innovation; and a space for academia, industry, people and culture to come together to right the future, locally and globally.

The challenges we face around the world – the pandemic, global health issues, the climate crisis, political polarization, racism and poverty – have amplified the growing need for novel solutions led by a community of diverse, intrepid and resilient changemakers — people who are not afraid to ask questions, challenge the status quo and stand up for the rights of themselves and others.

I hope that you – our community of students, staff, faculty, alumni, as well as our university partners and supporters – will leverage York's position as a world-class anchor institution to cultivate meaningful connections that will enhance the university experience and carry forward the future you imagine for yourself and for others.

Across the University, we are activating a holistic view of success and well-being through innovative initiatives, strategies, community engagement programs and unique opportunities for diverse collaborations. Through bold initiatives such as our Living Well Together: Keele Campus Vision and Strategy, we will continue to provide students with access to well-integrated, vibrant, safe and highly functional campuses that meet the diverse and evolving needs of our communities. 

If you find yourself in need of individualized support this year, I encourage you to make use of the myriad of resources and services we have available through our YU Well-Being and Better Together websites. A lot has changed in the past few years, but we are in this together.

I look forward to celebrating the many remarkable academic, community, professional, and personal achievements we will make together in the 2022-23 academic year.


Rhonda Lenton, PhD
President & Vice-Chancellor