This Week @ York for Week of February 18, 2020


  • York University is committed to providing a proactive approach in communicating to the York community concerning the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As noted in an e-mail sent to you last week, all York community members will receive e-mail updates when the University has posted a community update on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. This website is the central source for up-to-date York community information, with links to expert health agencies, organizations and resources as well as a list of FAQs.

  • Read more about how York scholars have been impacting decisions on a global scale.

Important Dates

  • Winter Reading Week runs until Friday, February 21. Classes resume on Saturday, February 22.

  • The ministry deadline to apply for Fall/Winter and Winter-only OSAP is Tuesday, February 25.

  • The deadline to apply to graduate at June 2020 Convocation is Friday, February 28.

  • For a list of important dates for the Fall/Winter academic session, please visit the 2019-2020 Important Dates Calendar.

Out & About On Campus

  • NSSE is here! Thousands of eligible York U students in their first and fourth year of study have been asked to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement. Complete the NSSE survey to help us identify the strengths of the York U academic experience as well as priorities for change. Visit the NSSE website to see if you are eligible!

  • Leadership Experience and Exploration Panel. Take your leadership to the next level by attending this panel. Panelists include alumni and accomplished student leaders who have been awarded numerous accolades for contributing to York and their communities. Thursday, February 20, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Stong College 101 Master’s Dining Room. Register at the link above before Wednesday, February 19.

  • Extreme Climate Events Symposium 2020. Join researchers and leading experts on extreme climate events and view presentations by researchers currently exploring these themes in their work. The Symposium is FREE for students. Register at the link above. Wednesday, February 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stedman Lecture Hall B.

  • Guest Speaker: The Hero Mindset with Kevin Rempel. 2013 World Champion and 2014 Sochi Paralympic bronze medalist in sledge hockey, Kevin Rempel, overcame a tremendous amount of adversity after becoming paralyzed in a motocross crash in 2006. Come hear his story about his personal hardships and how he came to foster the Hero Mindset. Tuesday, March 3, 2:30 p.m. 152 Founders College. Registration required at the link above.

International Connections

  • Skating and Cocoa. Join the York International Global Peer Program for a fun afternoon of skating at the Harbourfront Centre downtown. Connect with your peers and make new friends! Students are responsible for their own transportation and skate rental costs. Thursday, February 20. Meet at 2 p.m. at 200 York Lanes. For more events hosted by York International, including Black History Month events, check out the York International events calendar.

  • Let your voice be heard! Help shape York’s Internationalization and Global Engagement Strategy. Fill out the survey at the link above and let us know about your current experiences and future aspirations including international mobility programs, language learning, international student life, course material, collaborations with international universities and more.

Careers Support

  • Workshop: Resumé & Cover Letter Writing. Present your experiences, education and skills in a way that showcases your assets and piques employers’ interest in hiring you. Registration required. Thursday, February 20, 10 a.m. to noon.

  • Rock Your LinkedIn Profile. Attend this session hosted by LinkedIn and RBC On Campus and learn tips making the most out of your LinkedIn profile, including ways to add more media to your profile and methods for showcasing your career accomplishments and aspirations. Two sessions: Tuesday, February 25, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. RBC On Campus, 95 The Pond Road, Unit 35. Registration required at the link above.

York Pride

  • Join fellow York students, staff and faculty for the Keele Community Conversation on Wednesday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. The York community will gather to continue the conversation about our goals and how we should leverage our strengths and reputation to achieve them. RSVP and submit your questions today. Details for the Community Conversation at Glendon Campus will be forthcoming.

  • President’s Community Safety Leadership Awards. Do you know a York community member (e.g. student, staff or faculty member, group or business) who is a safety leader? Do you know an individual or group who goes above and beyond to look out for others, helps to build a safety culture and reduces safety risks? Nominate them for a President’s Community Safety Leadership Award! Nomination Deadline: Friday, February 28.

  • Do you know a York student actively engaged in student governance, whose efforts and contributions are making a difference at the University? The Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award recognizes and celebrates these students and their impact on governance at York. Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020. Submissions must be completed online at the link above.

Student Support Services

  • Attention all AMPD, Glendon and Lassonde students. You now have access to York University’s student virtual assistant! York has partnered with IBM Canada, using the IBM Watson platform, to create a tool that will enhance your experience as a student. Interact with the tool, ask questions and help train it to provide better, more targeted answers. This will help when the rest of your peers from other Faculties gain access to the tool in the coming months. Learn more about the student virtual assistant here.

Health & Wellness

  • Student Mental Health 101. This training provides access to mental health and well-being resources available on and off-campus. It also provides the practical skills needed to support students experiencing mental health issues and/or in distress. This training will be led by your Peer Health Educators. Next session: Wednesday, February 19, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 280N York Lanes. You must register at the link above and attend the full session to qualify for the certificate.