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About Government and Community Relations & Protocol

The Government and Community Relations & Protocol (GCRP) team at York University aims to cultivate and enhance strategic relationships with internal and external stakeholders to advocate for positions and policies that align with the values and mission of the University.

Our goal is to increase external awareness of our unique strengths and achievements and advance the University’s reputation while promoting our contribution to the economic and social well-being of the communities in which we serve.

York University Impact - Economic and Social Impact Report 2020


As of 2019, there are 21,226 people ages 25 to 64 with university degrees they would not otherwise have because of York


York alumni are 13.5% more likely to have volunteered in the past 12 months than other university graduates in the GTA


Total estimated spending footprint of York, its students and its alumni in 2018 is $2.3 billion


York University received $45.87 million in partnership research funding through more than 800 agreements

Top Stories - The York University Brief

The York University Brief is the Office of the President’s monthly newsletter. It provides us with the opportunity to share stories about some of York’s best and brightest with our valued partners, so that you are able to celebrate our successes with us.

Lassonde receives $1M for summer STEM program

The Lassonde School of Engineering’s kindergarten to industry (k2i) academy at York University has received $1 million from Ontario’s Ministry of Education in support of a summer work-study program for high school students from racialized backgrounds.

The grant is providing funding for k2i’s summer STEM program Bringing STEM to Life: Work-Integrated Learning, which launched in summer 2021 with $500,000 in ministry funding and has returned for a second summer session this month.

The program is free to participants and is designed to further k2i’s commitment to addressing systemic racism, discrimination and inequality in education by providing more equitable opportunities in STEM fields. Grade 11 and 12 students from three GTA school boards and one northern school board will engage in real-world engineering projects alongside Lassonde undergraduate mentors, staff and faculty.

The City of Markham and York University sign MOU to advance shared goals

On June 17, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti was joined by York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton at a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing at the Markham Civic Centre – celebrating the ongoing partnership and a shared vision for Markham’s future including reconciliation, sustainability, climate change and affordable housing.

The MOU is a five-year agreement that builds on other shared priorities such as the Markham Campus, setting out a wide range of initiatives and projects in strategic areas of engagement and co-operation including: experiential learning and employment opportunities, economic growth, continuing and professional development, and research and innovation.

The new MOU will see the City of Markham and York University explore potential opportunities to work together on a wide range of sustainable initiatives and projects that will see a greener Markham.

Local high school grads return to Keele campus for Walk with Excellence

The annual Walk with Excellence returned on June 8 as an in-person event. The event invites graduating high school students from the Jane and Finch neighbourhood to York University’s Keele Campus to celebrate the milestone.

The rite-of-passage event, which was last held in person in 2019, represents a public demonstration of the achievements of several hundred graduating students from high schools in the Jane Finch and Black Creek communities.

During the event, students paraded from C.W. Jeffreys Collegiate Institute to the York University Keele campus, together with faculty and community members, and participated in a showcase of the pride, talents, and accomplishments of the students as they move forward to the next chapter in their lives.

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