This Week @ York for Week of June 23, 2020


  • Virtual Town Hall. Join President Rhonda Lenton and other York senior leaders at this all-community Virtual Town Hall. The panel will answer questions from students, staff and faculty concerning academic, research and professional work. Submit your questions in advance using this Virtual Town Hall question submission formWednesday, June 24, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Health & Wellness

  • A Dialogue about the Impacts of Racism for Black-Identified Students. In an effort to support the many conversations already taking place, the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI) and Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD) invite you to attend “A Dialogue about Race & the Impacts of Racism". This conversation will provide an opportunity for Black-identified students to connect with one another on these critical issues and hear about helpful resources to prevent and address experiences and concerns of racism. Thursday, June 25, 1 to 2 p.m.

  • Race & Privilege: An Honest, Overdue Conversation with Ourselves. All students are encouraged to join this interactive session hosted by CHREI and SCLD where you will engage in a facilitated listening and dialogue session on race and privilege, gaining perspective on and challenging the assumptions we make about one another based on our personal privileges. Friday, June 26, 11:30 a.m.

  • Workshop: Challenging Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions. This workshop hosted by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion will take a deep dive into forms of unconscious bias and stereotyping that lead to microaggressions and discriminatory behaviour and will explores effective strategies to challenge our biases, reframing our ways of thinking and strengthen the experience of inclusion for all. Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • If you or someone you know is experiencing anxiety or stress, please have them reach out to Student Counselling & Development (SCD). There are resources available regarding micro-aggressions and students can request a specific counsellor.

York Pride

  • Student Counselling & Development (SCD) is hosting a Pride 2020 Celebration/ Student Get-Together. Hosted by SCD counsellors who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, the event will provide a safe space for students to discuss how they plan to celebrate virtual pride, tips and strategies about celebrating safely online, and foster a space for peer-to-peer connection. The event will also be kicking off the resumption of SCD’s biweekly LGBTQ+ Support Group. Please email for more information. Wednesday, June 24, 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

  • Virtual Pride Ceremony. Join The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education for the first-ever virtual York Pride Ceremony. The event will be hosted by Vice President of Equity, People & Culture Sheila Cote Meek (she/her) and will feature many very special performances and speeches, including musical performances, a drag performance and a spoken word performance. Thursday, June 25, noon.

  • For a breakdown of all York Pride Events, as well as others hosted around the world, check out last week’s #YUBlog post, Happy Pride Month from the #YUBlog!”

Connect with Community

  • Dreamcatcher Workshop: National Indigenous Peoples Day Commemoration. Learn how to create a dreamcatcher and its cultural significance to Indigenous Peoples. By focusing on creating a single delicate piece, you can de-stress from your regular workday. This is an opportunity to appreciate diverse cultural art productions. Wednesday, June 24, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Volunteer Opportunity: Are you an enthusiastic student who has completed a year of study at York? Interested in introducing York to future students or providing guidance to newly admitted students? Sign up to become a Volunteer Virtual Ambassador today! You can also apply by sending your resume and cover letter to oncampus@yorku.caApplication deadline: Friday, July 24.

  • Summer Online Activities Calendar. Check out this calendar and take part in some online activities during these days of isolation. Connect with others and participate in activities for your academic, career, entertainment and fitness needs.


  • Fall/Winter 2020-2021 course enrolment. Courses this fall will be, for the most part, delivered online and remotely, and course enrolment for continuing students opens June 30. Use the Enrolment & Registration Guide to check when your enrolment window opens and start planning your course schedule now. Check out the Student FAQs to facilitate a smooth Return to Campus this fall and don’t forget to check out York 101: Your Guide to Your First Year at York University a video that was made to help incoming students get prepared for their time at York. While it may not be your first year, tune in and maybe you’ll learn something new! 

  • 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.

  • When thinking about year-long courses for next year, don’t forget to check out the award-winning C4: The Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom. This unique learning opportunity brings together students at the third-, fourth-, and fifth-year levels to work in interdisciplinary teams on real work challenges with social impact. Sign up here for more information.

Money Matters

  • York 101: How to Get Bank For Your Finances at York. Check out these videos by SCLD that get released every Tuesday this summer, talking about a variety of topics that help incoming students get prepared for their time at York. This week’s York 101 video covers information about scholarships, bursaries, CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit), CESB (Canada Emergency Student Benefit) and more.

  • 2020-2021 OSAP applications are now open. If you are enrolling 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 in order to have your funds at the beginning of the fall term.