This Week @ York for Week of February 3, 2020


  • York University is committed to providing a proactive approach in communicating to the York community concerning the 2019 Novel Coronavirus(2019-nCoV). 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 (2019-nCoV) 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.

Important Dates

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

  • Message from President Rhonda Lenton: “This February, during Black History Month, York University joins communities around the world celebrating Black heritage, culture, and the important contributions Black community members have made and continue to make at the University. We are proud to support scholarship and offer academic programs that reflect the diverse lived experiences of Black community members.” Read President Lenton’s full statement on Black History Month.

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.

Out & About On Campus

  • NSSE is almost here! Starting Monday, February 10, thousands of eligible York U students in their first and fourth year of study will be 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!

  • Register today for York’s 11th Annual Inclusion Day. This all-day event will focus on the theme of belonging and explore ways that we can promote a greater sense of belonging at York. The day will include a panel discussion, the launch of the #YUBelong campaign, and presentations from the President’s Advisory Council on Human Rights sub-committees, RISE, SexGen and Enable York. Free admission. Space is limited, so be sure to register at the link above. Tuesday, February 4, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Helliwell Centre, Osgoode Hall Law School.

  • Volunteer & Community Engagement Fair. Develop skills, gain experience, and enhance your resume, all while giving back to the community. This fair will showcase over 20 local organizations looking to connect with and recruit students for various volunteer positions. Wednesday, February 5, 10 a.m. to noon. 152 Founders Assembly Hall.

  • Sign up for the Spark 2020 Winter Leadership Conference hosted by the office of Student Community & Leadership Development. As they begin hiring season for the Fall, this summit is designed to both spark leadership potential in students who have no prior experience with the topic but would like to get started as well as seasoned student leaders who want to further develop their personal and professional skills. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 5, 4 p.m.

  • FIND YOUR ZONE is back! Want to make new friends? Eager to find out how you can get involved on campus? Make sure to register for Find Your Zone at the link above. There'll be fun activities, games, and plenty of time to mix and mingle. Monday, February 10, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Founders Senior Common Room, 3rd Floor.

  • 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.

Careers Support

  • Learn more about employment at York at the On-Campus Job Fair. If you’re looking to find a full-time or part-time job on campus for this Summer term or next Fall, the On-Campus Job Fair is a great way to meet employers, build career related skills and find ways to gain work experience while you study. Thursday, February 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vari Hall.


  • Info Session: How to Prepare for Grad Studies at York. Are you an undergraduate student interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the future? Learn about York’s different graduate studies opportunities, the best ways to prepare while you’re pursuing your undergrad, as well as the ins and outs of the application process! Next Session: Monday, February 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bennett Centre for Student Services, Discover York room (first floor).

Athletics & Recreation

  • Show your #HeartOfALion and Rock Your Red for the Women’s and Men’s Volleyball teams this weekend for the first Subway Series of 2020! They host the University of Toronto Varsity Blues this Friday, February 7 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively in Tait McKenzie Centre. Sign up at the link above and get free food at the game, a free subway ride and free admission.

Worth Repeating

  • Regenesis YUM! Market. Enjoy a diverse selection of fresh and healthy, locally grown, fairly traded, natural and organic foods and products at the weekly market using a model that creates the least environmental impact and reflects the diversity and values of the York community. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Square. Click here to volunteer.