A York Lions varsity athlete is creating #YUPositiveChange within the University and beyond as a part of the Black, Biracial, and Indigenous Task Force.
Teni Odetoyinbo is a fourth-year business student and York University varsity soccer player, who is also a member of the Ontario University Association’s (OUA) Black, Biracial, and Indigenous (BBI) Task Force. As part of the Task Force, she works with university administrators, coaches, journalists and other student athletes to address issues impacting black, biracial and Indigenous people within the OUA.
“The hope is to create a ripple effect and make the entire conference, then all of Canada an even better place for these communities,” she says.
The Task Force has identified five key focus areas: Racial Violence Policy, Educational / Anti-Racism Training, Hiring Policies, Financial Access, and Mental Health.
Odetoyinbo will be sharing the knowledge she gains as part of the Task Force with her teammates and peers. She has already spoken on social media about what motivates her within Athletics & Recreation, a part of the Division of Students. York University also has internal initiatives to support these communities. These include the York University-TD Bank Community Engagement Centre, which works to increase access to education and facilitate community-engaged research in the Black Creek neighbourhood.
Odetoyinbo has a history of standing out and creating #YUPositiveChange on campus and beyond. Earlier this year, she was named a York Athlete of the Year.