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Fall 2021 Convocation Update | Mise à jour sur la remise des diplômes d’automne 2021

Fall 2021 Convocation Update | Mise à jour sur la remise des diplômes d’automne 2021

Dear Community Members,  As we begin to welcome our community members back onto our campuses today, I want to provide you with an update on our Fall 2021 convocation ceremonies.   After careful consideration, given the ongoing public health concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and current public health restrictions, York University, Ryerson University, Seneca College, […]

Welcome to the 2021–22 academic year! | Bienvenue pour l’année universitaire 2021–2022!

Welcome to the 2021–22 academic year! | Bienvenue pour l’année universitaire 2021–2022!

Dear York Community,  A very warm welcome to the 2021–22 academic year!  While I know that we still face challenges ahead, I am grateful that we are able to be safely re-opening our campuses and resuming many of the activities that we have missed over the past eighteen months — from in-person classes, to extracurricular […]

Update on Vaccine Requirement at York University | Mise à jour sur l’obligation de vaccination à l’Université York

Update on Vaccine Requirement at York University | Mise à jour sur l’obligation de vaccination à l’Université York

Dear York Community,  In my last update, I shared that York will require all individuals coming to our campuses this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Since then, I am very pleased to learn that the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health has recommended that all post-secondary institutions across the province require proof of vaccination for those […]

New Vaccine Requirement at York University | Nouvelle obligation de vaccination à l’Université York

New Vaccine Requirement at York University | Nouvelle obligation de vaccination à l’Université York

Dear York Community,  The health and safety of our community members remains our highest priority, and we continue to advance multiple strategies and initiatives to protect our students, staff, faculty, instructors, and researchers from COVID-19.  At yesterday’s Town Hall, we discussed the University’s plans to support a safe return to campus, and our support for the Council of […]

A Statement from President Rhonda Lenton on the Discovery of the Marieval (Cowessess) Residential School Unmarked Graves | Déclaration de la présidente Rhonda Lenton au sujet de la découverte des tombes anonymes du pensionnat pour Autochtones de Marieval (Cowessess)

A Statement from President Rhonda Lenton on the Discovery of the Marieval (Cowessess) Residential School Unmarked Graves | Déclaration de la présidente Rhonda Lenton au sujet de la découverte des tombes anonymes du pensionnat pour Autochtones de Marieval (Cowessess)

Today we are once again confronted with the truth of the residential school system and the devastating impact on Indigenous peoples and communities across Turtle Island. More than 750 unmarked graves, primarily of children, were announced to have been found on or near the grounds of the Marieval (Cowessess) Residential School. York University grieves with […]

A Statement from President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton on the Attack in London, Ontario | Message de la présidente et vice-chancelière, Rhonda Lenton, au sujet de l’attaque à London (Ontario)

A Statement from President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton on the Attack in London, Ontario | Message de la présidente et vice-chancelière, Rhonda Lenton, au sujet de l’attaque à London (Ontario)

On behalf of the entire York University community, I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family, loved ones, and friends of the five family members who were intentionally struck down by a driver in London, Ontario, in a horrific and hateful act of violence. York unequivocally opposes all manners of hate and discrimination, […]

A Statement from President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton and Vice-President Equity, People & Culture Sheila Cote-Meek on Pride Month | Déclaration de la présidente et vice-chancelière, Rhonda Lenton, et de la vice-présidente de l’équité, des personnes et de la culture, Sheila Cote-Meek au sujet du Mois de la Fierté

A Statement from President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton and Vice-President Equity, People & Culture Sheila Cote-Meek on Pride Month | Déclaration de la présidente et vice-chancelière, Rhonda Lenton, et de la vice-présidente de l’équité, des personnes et de la culture, Sheila Cote-Meek au sujet du Mois de la Fierté

June is Pride Month, an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the contributions of 2SLGBTQIA communities and to reflect on the ways we can continue to support equal rights for all and to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.  York University is dedicated to fostering the values of equity, diversity and inclusion. Our University Academic Plan 2020–2025: Building […]

A Statement from President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton, Vice-President Equity, People & Culture Sheila Cote-Meek and the Indigenous Council at York University on National Indigenous History Month and the Discovery at Kamloops Indian Residential School | Déclaration de la présidente et vice-chancelière Rhonda Lenton, de la vice-présidente de l’équité, des personnes et de la culture Sheila Cote-Meek et du Conseil des affaires autochtones de l’Université York à l’occasion du Mois national de l’histoire autochtone et de la découverte au pensionnat indien de Kamloops

A Statement from President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton, Vice-President Equity, People & Culture Sheila Cote-Meek and the Indigenous Council at York University on National Indigenous History Month and the Discovery at Kamloops Indian Residential School | Déclaration de la présidente et vice-chancelière Rhonda Lenton, de la vice-présidente de l’équité, des personnes et de la culture Sheila Cote-Meek et du Conseil des affaires autochtones de l’Université York à l’occasion du Mois national de l’histoire autochtone et de la découverte au pensionnat indien de Kamloops

Each June, we mark National Indigenous History Month to celebrate the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. National Indigenous Peoples Day is June 21 every year. It is a day to recognize the outstanding contributions, unique heritage and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.  The discovery last week […]

A Statement from President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton on the Israel-Gaza Conflict | Déclaration de la présidente et vice-chancelière Rhonda Lenton au sujet du conflit Israël-Gaza

A Statement from President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton on the Israel-Gaza Conflict | Déclaration de la présidente et vice-chancelière Rhonda Lenton au sujet du conflit Israël-Gaza

The conflict in Israel and Gaza has caused concern and distress for many members of the York community, including concern for their own safety and that of their loved ones, with increasingly charged and polarized rhetoric proliferated online and through social media. York University unequivocally opposes all manners of hate and discrimination, including anti-Semitism and […]

A Statement from York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton on the Passing of Dr. Robert Everett | Déclaration de la présidente et vice-chancelière de l’Université York, Rhonda Lenton, au sujet du décès de Robert Everett

A Statement from York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton on the Passing of Dr. Robert Everett | Déclaration de la présidente et vice-chancelière de l’Université York, Rhonda Lenton, au sujet du décès de Robert Everett

It is with great sadness that the York University community has learned of the recent passing of Dr. Robert Everett, a distinguished and long-serving Senior Assistant Secretary of the University. He is remembered fondly by his colleagues for his subtle and authentic leadership in — and deep knowledge of — governance matters, his unwavering collegiality, his […]