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Division of Students Highlights of 2018

On behalf of the Division of Students at York University, happy holidays to our community of students, staff and faculty! We wish you all a restful, wonderful winter break and a happy, healthy 2019.

As we finish off the exam period and look forward to the next term, it is a good time to reflect on all the great work that has been accomplished this past year.

The Opening of the Wellness Hub

York University’s Health Education & Promotion team officially opened the Wellness Hub in September, offering drop-in support, resources and referrals to students, staff and faculty on all aspects of wellness, including nutritional, sexual and mental health.

Located in the Ross-Vari Link at S107 Ross Building, the Wellness Hub is staffed by a team of peer health educators and student nurses who are using this experiential education opportunity to bridge their classroom knowledge with practice to complete their community placement requirement.

The Opening of the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education

Earlier this year the Division was proud to announce the opening of the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education (The Centre) at 301 York Lanes. The York community was invited to meet the team during an Open House in October, tour The Centre and learn more about support networks, the Sexual Violence Policy and current initiatives such as training & education at York. The beautiful new office overlooks the Harry W. Arthur Common and provides a calming physical space where survivors and all those affected by sexual violence receive compassionate services with dignity, privacy and respect.

Debbie Hansen, Executive Director, Community Support & Services, explains that “the Sexual Violence Response Office was created as a result of the Policy on Sexual Violence. We support the entire York community. Our biggest focus is creating awareness: to communicate with our community about who we are, what we do and how we support survivors.”

New Vision and New Initiatives from Student Accessibility Services and Student Counselling & Development

In late 2017, Learning Disability Services , Mental Health Disability Services and Physical, Sensory & Medical Disability Services  were collectively renamed “Student Accessibility Services” (SAS) and Personal Counselling Services was renamed  “Student Counselling & Development” (SCD).

York’s decision to focus on these two support pillars emphasized the significant role of SAS in helping to make the campus more accessible for learning. The name change to Student Counselling & Development better reflects our mandate to help York students realize, develop and fulfill their personal potential in order to maximally benefit from their university experience and manage the challenges of university life.

SCD holds free workshops open to all York University students with no registration required. Some run individually, such as Stress Management, and some run in a series of three to four workshops, like Managing Shyness & Social Anxiety. Each workshop takes place in a professional and supportive environment where students receive guidance as they navigate through any personal student development.

#HeartOfALion Rebrand and a New Mascot

In August, hundreds of York University students, staff and faculty made their way to York Lions Stadium for the celebration of “the next era of athletics and recreation at York.”

The event, #HeartOfALion Day, brought the campus community together for the official unveiling of the new Lions logo that features a sleek and fierce-looking lion head in York’s signature red. Also unveiled was the new Lions mascot, Yeo, whose name was picked by students in an online contest. The name pays homage to our first mascot “Yeoey” the Yeoman. The event also featured students modelling the new line of branded clothing.

The new branding and image was more than a year and a half in the making and the York community was consulted throughout the process. One of the key contributing factors to the new logo was the question “What does it mean to be a Lion?” in a pan-University context.

The common attributes of a Lion, they found, were: being open and accepting of everyone in the “pride”; being courageous, persevering and standing up for what you believe in; having the heart of a lion; and being a leader.

Ready, Set, YU!

The Ready, Set, YU! program began in September, 2018 to support the participation and success of new students who, without specialized interventions and support, would not otherwise access or attend postsecondary education.

Ready, Set, YU! employs work/study students as peer mentors who hone their leadership skills by helping other students be successful and give back to the York community. The project is funded under the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development’s Ontario Post-secondary Access and Inclusion Program (OPAIP) funding initiative.

Peer Teams to Support Students with Financial Services, Careers and Learning Skills

In 2018, we launched three peer programs to support students with learning skills (LSS), financial services (SFS) and careers.

SFS peers are student leaders on campus who are trained by Student Financial Services to provide students assistance with Financial Aid inquiries (Scholarships & Bursaries, Student Accounts, and OSAP). Key areas the SFS Peers can help with:

  • OSAP (full time and part-time student loans and repayment)
  • Scholarships, awards and bursaries (how to apply)
  • Student Account (how to read monthly statement)
  • Budgeting and saving on interest
  • Out-of-province financial aid and US loans

Our new Career Peer Educator program at the Career Centre. A team of highly-trained, resourceful and friendly Career Peer Educators were brought together to help develop the skills and mindset to navigate a student’s career journey as well as support career-related inquiries including:

  • Resume & Cover Letters
  • Job Searching & Networking
  • Interview Skills & Preparation
  • LinkedIn: Building a Profile & Job Searching
  • Exploring What You Can do With Your Degree
  • Resources at the Career Centre and on Campus
  • Navigating the Career Centre Website

Learning Skills peer team offer drop-in services help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their academic goals by teaching them how to manage their time, how to study and learn more effectively, as well as keep up with readings and course work to get the most out of their studies.

YU START Reaches 9000+ Students and Opens to Parents

This year York’s New Student Transition Program, YU START was bigger and louder than ever with over 9,000 students participating. This year the program was also open to parents and family with a range of new services to help parents and families of students during their transition to University.

Once again, the Division of Students wishes everyone in the York community a relaxing and safe winter break! Please note that the University will be closed from December 22, 2018 to January 1, 2019. Administrative offices re-open January 2 and classes resume January 3.

This Is York! A Few Words on OUF

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It was a sight (and sound) to behold: two floors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre bustling with the excited energy of thousands of high-school students, their families, teachers and friends. They had come to the Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) to find help in making one of the most important decisions of their lives — picking a postsecondary institution that would suit their needs and desires.

Over the course of three days, more than 130,000 of them would approach the well-staffed booths and presentation rooms of the province’s universities with questions and concerns, filling their readily supplied tote bags with handbooks, notes, business cards and swag. Some came with a plan in mind and just needed a few particulars cleared up. Others, probably the majority, came wide-eyed and curious, eager — though also anxious — to explore the various possibilities for life after high school.

Student volunteer helping prospective student in the York U Science section

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I felt immense pride when I first laid eyes on York’s L-shaped, which consumed an entire corner of the exhibition hall. Colourful, bold and spirited, it proclaimed what this university stands for: forward thinking, excellence, flexibility, diversity, community. The new Open Your Mind brand campaign, publicly unveiled here for the first time, really hit home. The energy emanating from the images and background videos seemed to repeat itself in the many conversations around the booth, in the shared laughs and stories in the presentation room upstairs. This was York indeed. This is the future.

When things run smoothly and everything looks so fantastic, it’s easy to forget the enormous amount of work that goes into creating such an impression of ease. I know many, many people — staff, faculty and an enthusiastic crew of student volunteers — made Herculean efforts to ensure that York looked fabulous during OUF. They (you!) proffered their expertise, their creativity, their problem-solving skills, their good cheer, their time. They sacrificed their weekend and maybe some regular hours of sleep.

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On behalf of everyone at York: thank you. Thank you for all you did, because it really showed. It made a difference to the thousands of young people whose minds you opened through your gestures large and small. We handed out 22,500 handbooks in three days and got more than 3,000 requests for more information on our programs. None of this would have been possible without us working together as a team and as a community.

 

Proud to be part of it,

 

Janet

Division of Students Recruitment Officer Wins Bryden Alumni Award

This year’s Bryden Alumni Award presentation was held on Thursday, November 20 at the Royal Ontario Museum with more than 300 guests in attendance. The annual event honours the extraordinary achievements and contributions of York alumni. This year, a member of the Division of Students, Sonia Cianfarani (BA ’96), received the Local Hero award that recognizes her knowledge, passion and devotion to York.

Cianfarani considers herself more than a York representative; she is an integral member of the York University community. She shared that she considered herself privileged to be in a position where she can support and inspire current and future students in their journey at York. “I think I am a good representative to help students create the link between applying and then going on their way and leading to them to success,” says Cianfarani.

She began her work as a full-time employee in the Admissions Office in 1996, after previously working in the department as a work-study student. In 2001, she transitioned to the Recruitment team and began the critical role as a student recruitment officer. For the past 16 years, Sonia has built upon her experience as a York grad. “York has been my lifeline. York has been a big part of my life,” she revealed.

Cianfarani provides guidance and encouragement to mature, transfer and high-school students. She also ensures that these students have a successful educational pathway while at York. Sonia remains active in the York community as a member of four college committees and presents at the major recruitment events including Spring Open House and the Ontario Universities Fair. “For me it’s an easy job, I love what I do. I just feel like my job is very meaningful.”

For more news on the 2014 Bryden Awards, check out the story on YFile.