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Driving positive change in 2021

As a community, York University is beginning 2021 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 last year, 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 wish you the very best for good health and success in 2021.


Rhonda L. Lenton, PhD
President & Vice-Chancellor