Hello and welcome!

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Hello and welcome to everyone at York, but especially to those who are joining our vibrant, dynamic learning community for the first time. It’s my favorite time of year — when after the long, more slowly paced days of summer, York’s campuses are abuzz with excitement. There’s so much going on, so much to take in. It spells opportunity and the possibility of transformation, tickling our ambitions. Sometimes, too, it can feel a bit intimidating, raising questions. Newness has that side to it as well — we’ve all experienced it, whether we study here or work here, or both.

Questions are good things, and we encourage them. They inspire us to examine the world and ourselves, and propel us forward into engagement, which is what university is all about. We’re all in this together as a community that rests on the pillars of shared values. I encourage you to take these first weeks and months of the term to look around, explore and make connections: with your peers, professors and staff members, but also with York’s resources — the clubs, the libraries, the many support services. Everyone has their unique path to success, but you will see: the stronger your connections and sense of purpose, the smoother the ride.

Embrace this exciting time with all you’ve got — I promise you won’t regret it. And should you stumble, know we care: we’re always here to help.

See you around campus,

 

 


Janet’s Blog

  • The Inclusive Campus: Changes to Documentation Guidelines for Mental Health Disabilities
    Posted by Janet Morrison on September 14, 2016

    Consistent with York’s culture, history and values, our University has earned a reputation for providing high-quality support to students with disabilities. This is captured — superbly — in the quote below from a student who offered the following when asked to comment on the support received from Counselling & Disability Services (CDS). I would like … Continue reading The Inclusive Campus: Changes to Documentation Guidelines for Mental Health Disabilities &rarr …

  • The Student Self-Assessment Survey: Supporting and Building Agency for York Students
    Posted by Janet Morrison on August 17, 2016

    Under the auspices of the Division of Students’ Strategic Plan, and in pursuit of our vision to be Partners in Student Success, York has adopted a highly strategic approach to enrolment management. Simply put, Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) engages key constituents to identify, define and organize themselves around clearly articulated enrolment goals. It also mobilizes … Continue reading The Student Self-Assessment Survey: Supporting and Building Agency for York Students &rarr …

  • Let’s Talk Divisional Values: Collaboration
    Posted by Janet Morrison on July 27, 2016

    Embedded in the Division of Students’ strategic plan are seven values: respect, excellence, innovation, collaboration, accountability, care and inclusion. Individually and collectively, these values — nested deeply within those of York University as a whole — reflect who we are and who we aspire to be. Collaboration is particularly important because it describes how the Division will … Continue reading Let’s Talk Divisional Values: Collaboration &rarr …