This Week @ York for Week of October 16, 2019

Out & About On Campus

  • York is embarking on a Classroom Renewal Project and they are looking for your input. Complete the survey at the link above and help contribute to a project that aims to revise, renew and refresh classrooms to standards informed by you, our students. Have your say on upgrades to physical facilities, installation of standardized audiovisual and IT equipment, design modifications and accessibility enhancements for the York community.

  • Let your voice be heard! Throughout this month and November, approximately 59,000 undergraduate and graduate students will receive an invitation to take part in StudentMoveTO – Canada’s largest study on student transportation.


  • Looking to take the next step in your education or career? Learn about graduate studies at York University this weekend during Experience Grad Studies. Explore York’s graduate programs and diplomas and learn about funding, scholarships and how to apply. Saturday, October 19, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Second (New) Student Centre. Admission is free.

  • New podcasts with Grad Life! Plug into the official podcast of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and listen to the newest episode: “Good Morning Ethiopia.” Grad Life features interviews with the faculty, staff and students involved in York U’s interdisciplinary graduate programs. Available through iTunesSpotifyStitcher and Soundcloud.


  • Convocation at York U. The formal ceremony for the conferral of degrees, diplomas and certificates for graduating York students is a time-honoured tradition that celebrates academic accomplishments. Can’t make it on the day? No problem. You can find a link for a live stream of all the ceremonies on the Convocation web page linked above. October 16 to 18, Aviva Centre, 1 Shoreham Drive.

Health & Wellness

  • The SexGen York Committee is currently seeking students, faculty and staff to join the committee for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic years. Complete an expression of interest form by Monday, October 21. SexGen engages in advocacy, education campaigns, supports campus services for gender and sexual diversity and organizes community-building events surrounding Trans Day of Remembrance & Pride.

International Connections

  • Are you an International Student and want to find out what Canadian Thanksgiving is all about? If you’re in Toronto for Reading Week, join us for York International's Thanksgiving Lunch on Wednesday, October 16 and enjoy a fun-filled event that includes prizes, crafts and a traditional Thanksgiving meal! This a great opportunity to meet other international students or bring your friends and be a part of the York University international student community. Limited places available. Register now to reserve your spot.

  • Interested in going on exchange, spending a summer abroad studying or doing an internship abroad? Learn more at an Information Session, hosted by York International. Register for an on-campus session and get all the information you need to start planning your next adventure! Dates and Times? All sessions are in 242 York Lanes. Please check the link above for more upcoming sessions.

York Pride

  • Red & White Day is Wednesday, October 23! A chance to celebrate our community’s #YUSpirit and the University’s sixtieth anniversary, there will be games, food trucks, giveaways and bookstore deals at both the Keele and Glendon campuses. You can also show your York pride by entering the Red & White Day Photo Contest. Submit a picture between Monday, October 14 and Friday, October 25 that includes the hashtag #YUSpirit to win a $75 YU Card.

  • For the very first time, we are celebrating the 12,000 first generation students at York on First Generation Day on Wednesday, October 23 with two events: a tabling in Vari Hall from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. during the Red & White Day festivities, as well as the First Generation Network Launch from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Careers Support

  • Workshop: Who Am I? Attend this workshop hosted by the Career Centre and play a fun and interactive board game to explore your personality, interests, skills, accomplishments, desires and career curiosities. Registration required. Wednesday, October 16, 9 a.m. to noon. 103 McLaughlin College.

  • Employer-Customized Event by Scotiabank: *New* Skills of the Trade. Do you want to improve your networking skills? Attend the Scotia Skills of the Trade workshop and learn how to network effectively in person, how to brand yourself online and how to succeed in your next interview. Thursday, October 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 152 Founders Assembly Hall. 103 McLaughlin College. Register at Experience York!

Athletics & Recreation

  • Show your #HeartOfALion and Rock Your Red for the Men’s Hockey home opener! They host the Ryerson Rams this Friday, October 18, 7 p.m. Canlan Ice Sports.

Student Support Services

  • REDI Workshop Series: Requesting & Accessing Accommodations. The Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion (REI) at York will launch its Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) workshop series and hopes to engage students, staff and faculty in a valuable knowledge exchange. In this workshop, learn how to request and respond to accommodation needs, as well as strategies that will assist in increasing inclusion and accessibility in the York community. Register hereTuesday, October 15, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 280N York Lanes.

Worth Repeating

  • AnnouncementCanada Post is returning to Keele Campus. A Canada Post parcel pickup location has opened in York Lanes across from the Bookstore for incoming parcels only and the sale of stamps. Pickup hours are Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. To mail letters, use the letterboxes on campus, and for other services, there is a complimentary shuttle from the Atkinson Road parking lot to the Downsview Post Office on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

  • Transportation Discount: Apply online for the GO Transit Student Identification Card! You can choose to have the card mailed to you or you can pick it up:

    • Keele students, pick up from the Parking & Transportation Office at the William Small Centre.
    • Glendon Students, pick up from the Parking & Transportation Office at the Glendon Greenhouse.

    Please note that this GO Transit Student Identification Card is only available for full-time enrolled and registered students.

  • Announcement: Effective January 2019 Canada Revenue Agency replaced the T2202A form with a new T2202 form that requires York University to include your Social Insurance Number (SIN) on your form. Please ensure you have provided your SIN in your Student Personal Information record by February 1, 2020.

  • Announcement: The OPP is partnering with universities and colleges across the province to raise awareness of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (GSDOA). The GSDOA was signed into federal law in May 2017 to provide some legal protection for individuals who call 9-1-1 to get help for themselves or someone else suffering from an overdose. Learn more at Understanding Opioids.