This Week @ York for Week of May 26, 2020

Out & About On Campus

Student Support Services

  • Attention all Science, Health, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and Education 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 Assistant, ask questions and help train it to provide better, more targeted answers. The virtual assistant was previously launched in January 2020 to AMPD, Glendon and Lassonde students. Chat with the virtual assistant on your Moodle/eClass page or use the web launcher from the Current Students home page. Learn more about the Student Virtual Assistant here.

  • And don’t forget about the Student Virtual Assistant Naming Contest! It’s your last week to be on the leading edge of transformation and help name York’s new Student Virtual Assistant. Submit your most creative idea for a chance to win a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (valued at $1,249)! Submission deadline: Friday, May 29.

Money Matters

  • York has instituted a number of initiatives to address the increased financial need of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to the new COVID-19 Financial Assistance webpage for more information regarding government support, new York University awards and bursaries, and temporary course completion and financial policy changes. In case you missed it, last week’s financial assistance special edition of This Week @ York highlighted a series of financial supports and services to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 2020-2021 OSAP applications are now open. If you are planning on attending as a full-time student in Fall/Winter 2020/2021, York recommends that you apply and submit all required documentation through your OSAP application by Tuesday, June 30.

Health & Wellness

  • REDI Workshop: Acknowledging and Addressing Racism. Attend this session and gain an understanding of the impact of racially-based microaggressions and implicit bias. You will learn strategies on how to recognize and address these barriers to inclusive spaces on campus. Learn more about the Summer 2020 REDI Professional Development hereWednesday, June 3, 9 to 10 a.m.

  • Free Virtual MUV Classes. Are you looking for a way to stay healthy and active while maintaining physical distancing as you help plank the COVID-19 curve? Why not try a FREE online MUV fitness class? Campus Recreation is bringing your favourite MUV class to you via Zoom. Check the schedule at the link above and use the Zoom code to join.


  • Writing Centre Workshop: Writing Thesis Statements. Join this session and get a straightforward definition of a thesis statement, loads of practical tips for creating them and some practical experience generating your own. Unlimited spots available. Find the Zoom link at the link above. Tuesday, June 2, noon to 1 p.m. Please join the zoom session before the noon start time.

  • Fall/Winter 2020-2021 course enrolment. Course enrolment windows for Fall/Winter 2020-2021 have been revised and are now available online. Course enrolment will open at the end of June 2020.

  • REMINDER: Check for available self-serve tools and resources on My Online Services. Get what you need, from wherever you are, at almost any time of the day. The list of available resources is growing daily as new online and mobile methods are introduced to deliver services and resources you need.

Careers Support

  • Career Centre Webinar: On-the-Job Success. Attend this webinar and learn how to create great first impressions, increase your chances of workplace success, how to communicate assertively and how to handle difficult situations effectively. Wednesday, May 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Registration required on Experience York.

  • Career Corner: Ask the Pros (Thinking about Grad School or Further Education?). Attend this session and talk to a Career Professional on Zoom about any questions you may have about researching educational programs or grad school applications. Wednesday, May 27, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Webinar: Ways to Make Money While Studying. Learn about opportunities to make money and gain experience while at University. You’ll also learn about a variety of sources for on and off-campus employment and how to tap into the "hidden" job market. Thursday, May 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration required on Experience York.

  • Career Corner: Ask the Pros (What are my Career Options?). Chat with a Career Professional over Zoom and get some help finding a career path that excites you or find out how you can do some research into fields and occupations that interest you. Thursday, May 28, 1 to 2 p.m.

  • Career Corner: Ask the Pros (Career Supports and COVID-19). Join this session and get info from Career Professionals virtually in a group setting about finding remote York supports, services and resources to help you with your career journey during these unprecedented times. Friday, May 29, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

International Connections

  • York International’s Virtual Coffee Breaks: All students welcome! Join student leaders on Zoom and meet other students from various programs, Faculties, countries and cultures to connect and get to know each other while having fun. Some topics include: game night, Netflix watch party, microwave cooking, quarantine hobbies, exercising together and many more. Every day, Monday to Friday. Visit their calendar at the link above to see all events and how to join.