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Righting the Future in 2021-2022

As a community, York University is beginning the 2021-2022 academic year with a renewed sense of who we are, what is important to us, and how much we are truly capable of achieving.

York’s motto is Tentanda Via: The way must be tried. As I reflect on our community’s response to a global pandemic, I am confident that we are continuing to live up to the spirit of that bold statement of purpose, made 61 years ago.

In the face of challenges and anxieties created by COVID-19, we adapted, innovated and persevered. I am grateful to be part of a community that continued to pursue academic, research and professional excellence while always looking out for one another, our friends and our families. We are a community of change leaders.

Please rest assured that we will continue to communicate regularly with you, and you can always find the latest updates, lists of resources and services, and answers to frequently asked questions on our YU Better Together website.

If you find yourself in need of support this year, reach out to us. The pandemic is ongoing, and York will continue to be flexible and compassionate so that we can all prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our community.

I want to thank you all again for the innovation, perseverance, and professionalism that you have shown over the past year and a half. I wish you all the best for a healthy and successful 2021–22 academic year. 


Rhonda L. Lenton, PhD
President & Vice-Chancellor