LOCALLY & GLOBALLY
2017-18 PRESIDENT’S REPORT
A York education takes you everywhere
I am honoured to serve as York University’s 8th President and Vice-Chancellor, and proud to present this first annual report of my tenure.
A celebration of York’s bold vision, it links all that we have accomplished this year through the four pillars on which I am building my presidency and our University’s future: access, connectedness, excellence and impact. With each promising new student, new graduate, new program and new discovery, we take another giant step closer to realizing our incredible potential as individuals and as a progressive, engaged and connected university for the twenty-first century.
With more than 300,000 alumni living and working around the globe, and campuses in Toronto, India, Costa Rica, and a new Markham Centre Campus opening its doors in 2021, a York education is taking our students everywhere.
Rhonda L. Lenton
President and Vice-Chancellor
York is a comprehensive, community-engaged university providing a broad sociodemographic of students access to a high-quality, research-intensive learning experience committed to the social, cultural, economic, environmental and other well-being of the societies we serve.
Our shared commitment to link access, connectedness, excellence and impact defines our community. By offering our students diverse experiential learning opportunities in innovative learning environments, unique cross-disciplinary programming and community-engaged research opportunities, York University is fundamentally committed to equity and social justice and to bringing our scholarly, research and creative activities to bear in making the world a better place.
THIS IS ACCESS
Two-thirds of all jobs will require higher education, yet an enormous talent pool remains untapped because of barriers that prevent eligible students from attending university.
York is unleashing that potential by increasing student aid and providing student-centred services and supports.
I am proud to be part of a post-secondary institution that is committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion and to making our campuses welcoming and supportive places for Indigenous community members.
Professor Ruth Koleszar-GreenSpecial Advisor to the President on Indigenous Initiatives
THIS IS RECOGNITION
Celebrating world-class rankings, research with impact, award-winning teachers, innovative students, inspiring staff and alumni making a difference.
THIS IS CONNECTEDNESS
York is strengthening the connections between students and faculty, connecting students to their learning, and connecting our University to the people and places we serve and who can help us reach our full potential as a borderless community of learning and social justice.
In a world where it is increasingly important to be connected — to our values, our communities and the world around us — York is working hard to build Canada’s most engaged university.
York University Chancellor Greg Sorbara (BA ’78, LLB ’81)
NEXT STOP: YORK UNIVERSITY STATION
An exciting new chapter in the York University story began in December 2017 with the long-awaited opening of two new Toronto Transit Commission subway stations on the Keele Campus. Decades in the making, the multi-billion-dollar project represents the first subway to cross the city of Toronto boundary into York Region and the first extension to be completed in 15 years.
REDRESS PROJECT MAKES A POWERFUL STATEMENT
York’s Keele and Glendon Campuses were a sea of red in March when the Indigenous Students Association at Glendon unveiled the REDress Project. The month-long art installation featured 300 donated red dresses placed around campus to draw attention to the more than 100 unresolved cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited persons in Canada.
BRINGING THE WORLD TO YORK
York’s Keele Campus is a growing community hub, drawing thousands of participants, volunteers, spectators and dignitaries for international sporting competitions, including hosting the track and field competitions for the North American Indigenous Games, and 2017 Invictus Games, as well as celestial events like the partial solar eclipse that attracted more than 2,000 people to the York Observatory in August.