Online Student Support

Calumet & Stong Colleges Student Success Programs

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Calumet and Stong Colleges are supporting students online in various ways. Below, we have outlined the different ways we are continuing to assist and support students during this time.

For more information, please view this PDF which provides detailed accounts on all of our online support initiatives for Student Success Programs.

Orientation & Transition

Orientation

Summer Orientation Day (SOD), offered by Calumet & Stong Colleges, helps new students transition to York University by introducing them to upper-year mentors, campus resources, Calumet & Stong Colleges’ resources, and facilitating peer-to-peer connections.

Through a combination of live and pre-recorded Zoom videos, students will connect with one another and their upper-level peers, learn about various campus resources and Calumet & Stong Colleges’ resources, and understand their rights and responsibilities as members of the York University community. New students will hear from Undergraduate Program Directors, Professors, and Program Coordinators about various academic and professional opportunities available at the departmental level.

For more information, please contact:

Peter Hur
Student Development Assistant
Calumet and Stong Colleges
Faculty of Health, Calumet & Stong Colleges, Office of Student and Academic Services
208E Stong College
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel. 416 736 2100 ext. 22752 | Email. hurpeter@yorku.ca

Mentoring

Run by the student clubs, the Peer Mentoring program connects first year and transfer students to upper-year students to help them transition into university.

Typically, the student clubs offer Peer Mentoring through in-person drop-in services, in-person appointments, or online appointments. Peer Mentors also send weekly emails to their group of mentees on various health and wellness tips, study strategies, upcoming events and important dates, and on/off campus resources. The clubs will continue to offer their Peer Mentoring services through online appointments and posting online learning and study strategies, health and wellness tips, and other videos on their social media pages. Peer Mentors will also send a final weekly email to their group of mentees on “Tips for Online Leaning” and wellness activities.

Calumet College:
https://calumet.yorku.ca/
https://www.instagram.com/calumet.york
https://www.facebook.com/calumet.york

Stong College:
https://stong.yorku.ca/
https://www.instagram.com/stong.york
https://www.facebook.com/yorkustongcollege

GHSA (Global Health Student Association):
https://ghsayu.simplybook.me/v2/
https://www.instagram.com/ghsayu/

KAHSSO (Kinesiology and Health Science Student Organization):
https://kahsso.club.yorku.ca/
https://www.instagram.com/kahssoyu/

NSTAMP (Nursing Student Tutoring, Ambassadorship, and Mentorship Programs):
https://www.instagram.com/nstamp.yorku/

SAHMPI (Student Association of Health Management, Policy, and Informatics):
https://www.instagram.com/sahmpi.yu/

UPSA (Undergraduate Psychology Student Association):
https://sites.google.com/view/upsayorku/
https://www.instagram.com/upsayorku/

For more information, please contact:

Bayley Tepperman, MEd
Student Success Coordinator
Calumet and Stong Colleges
Faculty of Health, Office of Student and Academic Services
208D Stong College
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel. 416.736.2100 ext.77307| Email. bayleyt@yorku.ca | Web. www.stong.yorku.ca / www.calumet.yorku.ca / www.health.info.yorku.ca

Academic Support Programs

Course Representatives

Course Representatives (CRs) are student leaders within the Faculty of Health courses who support the transition of their peers through classroom announcements, organizing study groups and soliciting feedback from students regarding their course experience.

Classroom announcements typically occur every week and are 2-3 minutes in length. The announcements include important information about university policies and procedures, campus resources and events, academic skills, student leadership, health and wellness, and the Colleges’ academic support programs. Facebook groups are used to organize study groups, build community and provide an outlet for students to provide their feedback

To close off the Winter 2020 semester, Course Representatives will be posting a final slide deck to their Facebook groups on “Tips for Online Learning” and sharing links to provide end of semester feedback. Course Directors have also been contacted with a request to post this presentation directly to their course Moodle Pages.

We will be continuing the Course Representative program throughout the spring and summer semester virtually. Course Representatives will video record their weekly presentations to post via the course Moodle page and/or social media platform. They will continue to solicit feedback regarding the course experience from their peers, and also organize virtual study groups via the Zoom platform.

For more information, please contact:

Bayley Tepperman, MEd
Student Success Coordinator
Calumet and Stong Colleges
Faculty of Health, Office of Student and Academic Services
208D Stong College
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel. 416.736.2100 ext.77307| Email. bayleyt@yorku.ca | Web. www.stong.yorku.ca / www.calumet.yorku.ca / www.health.info.yorku.ca

Peer Assisted Study Sessions

PASS, also known as Peer Assisted Study Sessions, are group study sessions that are offered for challenging courses.  These sessions are facilitated by trained Peer Leaders who have completed the course with a grade of A or A+.  The purpose of the PASS Session is to strengthen students’ learning skills.  This is an opportunity for peers to come together to discuss difficult course concepts, compare lecture notes, practice questions and share learning tips and strategies.

PASS is currently being offered virtually. Using ZOOM as the platform, students are invited to a two-hour online PASS Review Session. All Course Instructors who are supporting PASS receive promotional material to share with their students via their course Moodle platform.

Our team is committed to offering PASS during the SU term. This will be dependent on course offerings.

Courses that are currently being supported by PASS include:

  • KINE 1020 6.00 - Fitness and Health
  • KINE 3012 3.00 - Human Physiology II
  • KINE 3030 3.00 - Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • PSYC 1010 6.00 - Introduction to Psychology (Sections B & D)
  • PSYC 2020 6.00 - Statistical Methods I and II (Sections C, D, E, F G & H)
  • PSYC 2021 3.00 - Statistical Methods I (Sections M, N, O & P)

To learn more about PASS please contact:

Agata Stypka, MA  
Student Success Coordinator
Calumet and Stong Colleges
Faculty of Health, Calumet & Stong Colleges, Office of Student and Academic Services
208B Stong College
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel. 416 736 2100 ext. 33062| Email. agatas@yorku.ca

Peer Tutoring Program

Run by the student clubs, the Peer Tutoring program provides free academic support by enhancing students' studying and learning skills through free one-on-one peer tutoring. Peer Tutors are well trained upper-level students who have successfully passed and attained a minimum grade of A in the courses they support and a minimum cumulative GPA of a B+.

Typically, the student clubs offer Peer Tutoring through in-person drop-in services, in-person appointments, or online appointments. Clubs will continue to offer their Peer Tutoring services through online appointments and posting online learning and study tips and videos on their social media pages. The student clubs that will offer Peer Tutoring throughout the spring and summer term are working on creating an Online Peer Tutoring Delivery Plan that will see academic support continued in a virtual manner.

Calumet College:
https://calumet.yorku.ca/
https://www.instagram.com/calumet.york
https://www.facebook.com/calumet.york

Stong College:
https://stong.yorku.ca/
https://www.instagram.com/stong.york
https://www.facebook.com/yorkustongcollege

GHSA (Global Health Student Association):
https://ghsayu.simplybook.me/v2/
https://www.instagram.com/ghsayu/

KAHSSO (Kinesiology and Health Science Student Organization):
https://kahsso.club.yorku.ca/
https://www.instagram.com/kahssoyu/

NSTAMP (Nursing Student Tutoring, Ambassadorship, and Mentorship Programs):
https://www.instagram.com/nstamp.yorku/

SAHMPI (Student Association of Health Management, Policy, and Informatics):
https://www.instagram.com/sahmpi.yu/

UPSA (Undergraduate Psychology Student Association):
https://sites.google.com/view/upsayorku/
https://www.instagram.com/upsayorku/

For more information, please contact:

Bayley Tepperman, MEd
Student Success Coordinator
Faculty of Health, Office of Student and Academic Services
208D Stong College
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel. 416.736.2100 ext.77307| Email. bayleyt@yorku.ca | Web. www.stong.yorku.ca / www.calumet.yorku.ca / www.health.info.yorku.ca

Leadership and Professional Development

Health & Wellness

The Health and Wellness Program supports activities including hands-on workshops and themed events addressing the Body, Mind and Heart Tree Model for Health: (Nutritional, physical, sexual, financial, academic, etc.).

The program also supports the Wellness Lounge in Calumet College 129, where students have an opportunity to recharge and refresh. Students may come by relax, study, play games, have some FREE Coffee/Tea, engage in wellness activities, and ask any questions related to health and wellness.

Although the Wellness Lounge is currently closed, the Health and Wellness Program will continue to support our students and build a sense of connectedness and community in a potentially isolating time period. Specifically:

  • We will be hosting Weekly Zoom Chats, where students can drop by, speak with peers, and wellness lounge staff. Social Distancing shouldn't be lonely! Join us every Wednesday, @ 5:30 to chat about your week, ask us questions and relieve some stress!
  • Join our Wellness Lounge Community Group Chat on Instagram!
  • Are you feeling lonely at home? Come be a part of our Community Group Chat, where you can share memes, comments, make connections, talk about health and wellness or just engage in a discussion with your peers!

For more information on joining the Weekly Zoom Chats, or the Community Group Chat, please follow us on instagram @wellnessloungeyork

Abdul K. Mohammed, BSc
Student Success Programs Coordination/Support
Calumet and Stong Colleges
Faculty of Health, Office of Student and Academic Services
208B Stong College
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel. 416 736 2100 ext. 33062| Email. abdulk@yorku.ca

Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD with us)

The purpose of this program is to foster a culture of leadership and citizenship among all students affiliated with Calumet and Stong Colleges.  LEAD offers hands-on workshops, full day training sessions for Peer Leaders within Calumet and Stong Colleges and conference presentations for the campus wide Peer Leadership Community.  LEAD’s signature training sessions include: Foundational Peer Leadership Training (FPLT), Advanced Peer Leadership Training (APLT) and LEAD Essentials.  Most recently, five Peer Leaders affiliated with the Colleges had an opportunity to present at the SPARK Conference.

The LEAD Program is exploring how best to deliver a rich training experience for our Peer Leaders using Moodle and Zoom.  In the short term, our team is designing an online Foundational Peer Leadership Training (FPLT) experience that will be launched this spring.

To learn more about LEAD please contact:

Agata Stypka, MA  
Student Success Coordinator
Calumet and Stong Colleges
Faculty of Health, Calumet & Stong Colleges, Office of Student and Academic Services
208B Stong College
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel. 416 736 2100 ext. 33062| Email. agatas@yorku.ca

Career Exploration

Career Spotlight connects students with alumni in established careers to help undergraduates make informed decisions about their future career pathways.

Through Zoom meetings, students will hear from one alumni member about their profession. A moderator will ask the alumni a few career-related questions and participating students will have an opportunity to ask their own. The sessions will last anywhere from 30 minutes to 1-hour depending on alumni availability. Alumni also have the option to record their answer to questions, sent in advance, if they are unable to hold a live webinar.

For more information, please contact:

Peter Hur
Student Development Assistant
Calumet and Stong Colleges
Faculty of Health, Calumet & Stong Colleges, Office of Student and Academic Services
208E Stong College
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel.
 416 736 2100 ext. 22752 | Email. hurpeter@yorku.ca

Agents of Change

The Agents of Change Program provides up to $500 in start-up funds to help students launch their own healthy initiative in the community. These projects can cover a broad range of categories, including physical, mental, sexual health, as well as any of the social determinants of health.

Students may apply for the Agents of Change program in July 2020, when applications will be released for the Fall/Winter 2020/2021 Term.

For more information, please visit: https://ccscss.info.yorku.ca/agents-of-change/ or contact

Abdul K. Mohammed, BSc
Student Success Programs Coordination/Support
Calumet and Stong Colleges
Faculty of Health, Office of Student and Academic Services
208B Stong College
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel. 416 736 2100 ext. 33062| Email. abdulk@yorku.ca

Community Building & Development

Student Engagement & Partnership

Calumet and Strong Colleges staff and College Heads connect with, guide and mentor students, Peer Leaders, Faculty of Health academic unit-based Student Organizations, College Student Council/Government and Student Clubs whose mandate aligns with the Vision, Mission and Values of the Colleges. The focus is on contributing to student growth and development, building a vibrant diverse community, and enhancing student networks and connection with peers, staff, faculty, alumni and fellows.

Community Engagement and Wellbeing

Art on Campus Digital Tour gives students a sense of connectivity to the YorkU campus and introduces them to various art instalments, detailing each piece’s location, creator, appearance, and fun facts. This tour provides students an opportunity to remotely explore their home-away-from-home and plan in-person excursions with peers (once normal operations resume).

Art instalments will be collected digitally through existing online archives via Google Maps (street view) & Google Images. The images will then be synthesized into a virtual tour using Google Tours. The tour will be published on the Calumet & Stong Colleges website and emailed to students via the listserv.

Community Engagement & Wellness Gallery collects and displays artwork crafted by students in past workshops. The gallery will highlight and pay tribute to the efforts and accomplishments of undergraduates as they brave the challenges of learning a new skill (i.e. painting, clay-making, mask-making, etc.).

Students will submit electronic images of their past creations, which will be saved and displayed on the Calumet & Stong Colleges website. Images may include brief student testimonials detailing their workshop experience.

Drawing Fundamentals Mini-Series. An experienced artist will deliver a number of mini workshops to teach students the fundamentals of drawing (creating lines, shading, 3D shapes, etc.). This will allow students to take a brief pause from their academics, self-care, and refresh their mind while learning a new skill. Students can also interact with their peers as they ask questions and display their works voluntarily.

Through Zoom Meetings and using a high-quality imaging webcam, an artist will guide students through various drawing techniques.

Speed Drawing. Building on the Drawing Fundamentals Miniseries explained above, Speed Drawing encourages students to apply the miniseries’ lessons to make a replicate drawing of a pre-determined image chosen by the artist. The artist will continue to guide students and assist them with their artwork as the workshop progresses.

Through Zoom Meetings and using a high-quality imaging webcam, an artist will guide students to make a replicate drawing of a pre-determined image.

For more information, please contact:

Peter Hur
Student Development Assistant
Calumet and Stong Colleges
Faculty of Health, Calumet & Stong Colleges, Office of Student and Academic Services
208E Stong College
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel.
 416 736 2100 ext. 22752 | Email. hurpeter@yorku.ca

 


 

Online Mental Health and Wellness Resources

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Clinical Psychology program at York University has compiled a list of evidence-based and user-friendly online mental health resources for members of the community. They are listed in this page under specific categories.

Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being

World Health Organization

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak
The World Health Organization has published useful messages about mental health considerations for individuals in the general population, healthcare workers, managers in healthcare settings, carers of children, older adults, people with underlying health conditions and their carers, and people in isolation.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has posted online resources around speaking with loved ones who are anxious about COVID-19, coping with loneliness in isolation, building a wellness plan, and dealing with stigma for those who have tested positive for the virus.

American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stress and Coping
The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has written about stress and ways you can take care of yourself and your community during the crisis, taking into consideration that people react differently to stressful situations.

Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Worry

Having a routine is one of the best ways to manage stress and anxiety that can emerge due to COVID-19. Schedule things every day that you can do safely to create structure in your day, making sure to do something pleasant or enjoyable every single day. It is also recommended to limit your exposure to the news to once or twice per day and for the most important updates. Here are some other links to ways to cope:

Waterloo CBT Clinic

Managing Stress During COVID-19

National Centre for PTSD

Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak 

HelpGuide

Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear, and Worry

Psychology Tools

Free Guide To Living With Worry And Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty

The downloadable Free Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty provides education about what is “normal” and “excessive” worry and specific, effective suggestions for how to cope with each. It is also available in several languages.

Connecting with Someone

If you feel like you are struggling with mental health right now, it is important to reach out and talk to someone. The following are ways that you can connect to someone who will listen:

Toronto Distress Centre

416-408-4357

Mental Health Helpline

1-866-531-2600

Drug and Alcohol Helpline

1-800-565-8603

York University Psychology Clinic

416-650-8488

Supporting Frontline Workers

Canadian Psychological Association

Emotional and Psychological Challenges Faced by Frontline Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Frontline health care providers are facing unique emotional and psychological challenges. The Canadian Psychological Association has published guidelines on how these essential workers can face these challenges effectively. These may be useful to anyone working face-to-face with people in an essential service capacity.

Psychology Tools

Free Guide To Living With Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty 
The Free Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty provides education about what is “normal” and “excessive” worry and specific, effective suggestions for how to cope with each. It is also available in several languages.

Guilford Press

Guilford's Response to COVID-19: Resources for Self-Help, Parenting, Clinical Practice, and Teaching
Guilford Press, a leading publisher of psychology titles, has posted free resources for self-help, parenting, clinical practice, and teaching in response to COVID-19.

Learning Self Care Activities

Valley Centre For Counselling

A Practical Evidence-Based Self-Help Program for COVID-19-Related Worry and Anxiety
If you feel like you are struggling with “excessive” anxiety and worry related to COVID-19, the link above is a structured self-help online course.

Between Sessions

Managing Your Mood While Observing Social Distancing
For individuals who feel like they are struggling with low mood, this free worksheet on managing your mood while observing social distancing can be downloaded and printed so you can track the kinds of coping activities you find helpful.

Supporting Parenting

Providing children with an interesting, well-defined daily schedule encourages engagement and controls anxiety. Activities can be kept short for youngsters who have shorter attention spans. For example, preschoolers and children with ADHD should have challenging activities last no longer than 10-15 minutes. Break down large tasks into smaller steps (consider creating checklists of individual components for multi-step activities). Use effective limit-setting strategies to manage challenging behaviour and set your child up for success by being clear, specific, and consistent about expectations and rules.

Manage children’s behavior in a positive fashion when they are bored, tense, or anxious. For example, have your child help you with household tasks and frequently reinforce positive behaviour. Together with your child, brainstorm and plan activities to combat boredom. Help your child identify when they are anxious, check in with how they feel and validate that it is natural to be anxious sometimes, be honest and accurate about why physical distancing is necessary in this time, share with them ways you manage anxiety, introduce relaxation strategies, and empathize with their fears but don’t reinforce them. Provide a model of what they can control, such as practicing current guidelines (e.g., handwashing, physical distancing, etc.).

Practice thinking optimistically about your parenting. Journal your thoughts (positive and negative) about your parenting, and work to reframe pessimistic thoughts into more realistic or self-compassionate thoughts about your parenting (e.g., “I’m a terrible parent” à “I’m doing the best I can” or “I was able to sit and cuddle with my child for a few minutes today”)

Child Mind Institute

What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019

National Association of School Psychologists

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

CHADD

Creating Structure and Routines for Children with ADHD
Managing Screen Time
Although put out by Children and Adults with ADHD, the two links above can be useful for parents of all children.

Canadian Psychological Association

Parenting teenagers in the time of COVID-19

Coping with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

International OCD Foundation

COVID-19: Resources for the OCD and Related Disorders Community
The actions that public health experts are asking everyone to engage in to prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19 (such as frequent hand-washing or wearing protective equipment) can create unique challenges for people living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders. Setting a basic safety plan based on the recommendations of trusted health organizations (e.g., limiting hand-washing to 20-seconds) for people with OCD is recommended. The International OCD Foundation provides detailed guidance on how individuals living with these challenges can cope.

Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships

Promoting Healthy Family Relationships

The balance of time together and time apart has been disrupted for many families during physical distancing due to COVID-19. You may be spending much more time with some family members while being separated from others. It is important to note that everyone responds differently to these adjustments. Here are some tips for promoting healthy family relationships while together and apart:

Fostering relationships while together 

  • Create a daily schedule. Include mealtimes, learning, exercise, snack times, breaks and bedtime.
  • Have fun together. Put some energy into making time together enjoyable.  Plan a special dinner.  Do a creative family project.  Go for a walk or bike ride. Plant a garden. Watch your favorite movies or read a book together. Have a dance party. Check out free at-home recreation, active living, arts and culture activities including the Art Gallery of York University’s Sunday Sessions.
  • Create healthy opportunities to be apart – Incorporate alone time into the schedule to give family members a welcome break from each other. This could be going on a walk or a trip to the grocery store by yourself or scheduled quiet time.

Staying connected with others while physically apart 

  • Use technology. Explore various options including text messages, phone calls, emails, social media, video chats and voice notes. In addition to reaching our yourself, consider connecting senior family members with Chatting to Wellness, a non-profit organization launched by a fourth-year BBA student at Schulich School of Business.
  • Share life events and milestones. Document and share important milestones, events or updates - take photos or videos.
  • Expand a family member’s online capabilities. Extend a helping hand to assist others to access technology options.
  • Go old school. Consider send a handwritten letter or card or printed photographs.
Preventing and Addressing Domestic Violence

Staying home isn’t safer for everyone. Having to self-isolate or work from home may put people experiencing domestic violence at greater risk. During the province’s state of emergency, ministry-funded emergency shelters for women and children fleeing violence continue to operate and are available for support. If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 911. 

Student Counselling & Development has a number of COVID-19 resources including an At Home Domestic Violence Safety Plan that includes strategies for staying safe physically, emotionally, while online and with children. 

It is important that community members who have been subjected to sexual violence (including domestic violence) have the time and space to make decisions for themselves in how they would like to move forward. It is also useful for anyone that is looking for supports and services to share the information below so that they can make informed decisions.

The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education at York University is the recommended first point of contact for survivors who have experienced sexual violence (this includes gender-based violence) and will support all members of the York Community, including students, staff and faculty. The Centre can outline complaint processes, academic/workplace accommodations, supports and resources that are available, including how to access paid time from work.

If someone discloses an instance of sexual violence, please provide The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education’s contact information or offer to refer them. See How to Respond to a Disclosure for more information.

Local domestic violence support is available through:

To learn about domestic violence in the workplace including recognizing warning signs of domestic violence and how to respond and seek help when workers are experiencing domestic violence check out this online 20-minute Domestic Violence in the Workplace Training. Note – these resources were prepared pre-COVID, but still contain applicable information.

Additional resources and support on stress, anxiety and depression, family and relationship issues and personal well-being is available from our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).

 


 

Online One-Stop Portal & Learning Resources for Students

York University provides a variety of free (otherwise paid) resources for students to use to learn and work productively and effectively. Here are some resources we thought would be useful and beneficial for CC&SC students.

MyApps

My Apps

MyApps is York University's one-stop portal for students, faculty and staff to remotely access the software they need. With MyApps, you will have access to all the resources you need wherever you go.

To Access MyApps visit: https://myapps.yorku.ca/login

See a list of available applications in my apps: https://dev.computing.yorku.ca/student-services/software/applications-available-on-myapps/

For more information, visit: https://student.computing.yorku.ca/myapps/

Linkedin Learning

Linkedin Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) is available for FREE to all York University students, faculty, and staff. This learning resource contains thousands of high-quality instructional videos and non-credit courses on a range of themes. Non-credit courses are presented by industry experts to help you learn or improve your skills in a range of topics such as business, design, education & eLearning, marketing, photography, video editing, web development and much more. Each non-credit course has multiple segments, so you can watch as few or as many as you want. You can take entire courses and receive completion certificates or choose individual tutorials to learn specific skills.

To find out more and access Linkedin Learning through Passport York:

  • Visit: https://lil.info.yorku.ca/
  • On the right hand side, click on “Login” (in the box) to proceed to login to Linkedin Learning with your Passport username & password. There are also links to resources and help in this section as well.

You can also access Linkedin Learning directly on Linkedin

  • Login to your Linkedin account https://www.linkedin.com/
  • On the navigation menu (top rightsize of webpage), click on “Learning”
  • Click on “Sign in with Single Sign-On” to sign in
  • Enter your Passport York username & password, once successful, you will be able to log in and access all the learning resources

To find out more about Linkedin Learning and how to use and navigate the platform, give this a read: https://yublog.students.yorku.ca/blog/2020/01/21/linkedin-learning-at-york-university/

 

 


 

Resources for Supporting the Fight Against Discrimination

The success of our students depends on our collective willingness and ability to listen, to be kind, to look after ourselves and each other, to work together, and to lead with Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We do not condone or tolerate racism, prejudice or discrimination in CCSC. We are committed to supporting our CCSC Peer Leaders and Student Organizations and our York and CCSC community to stop anti-Black racism and systemic discrimination of all kinds. We will also collaborate with others to strengthen our student success programming to help our Colleges and students foster a just and fair world. For more information and to connect with us, email scchelp@yorku.ca.

Below are helpful resources and links for students, staff, and faculty to learn more about ways to support the fight against racism and discrimination.

York's Resources

York's Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion

York Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion promotes and builds a respectful, equitable, diverse and inclusive university community. The Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion strives to be a leader in providing accessible, impartial, non-adversarial, and confidential programs and services that uphold human rights, facilitate equitable access to opportunities, and champion diversity and inclusion. Please visit the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion's website for more details.

The Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI) provides a variety of resources to assist student, faculty and staff in upholding human rights, equity, and inclusion at York University. You can view a comprehensive list of resources provided by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Diversity here: rights.info.yorku.ca/resources/

Race Inclusion and Supportive Environments (RISE)

RISE was established in 2016 to enhance the university community’s ability to bring issues of race and racism to the forefront of conversations on York campuses. RISE reports to the President's Advisory Committee on Human Rights (PACHR), and is supported by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion.

The RISE Committee aims to foster an inclusive environment with the purpose of working towards the elimination of racism at York University.  Learn more about RISE  and view available resources here rights.info.yorku.ca/rise/

E-mail: rise@yorku.ca

Understanding Racism: A Guide for Students, Faculty & Staff

This is a series of workshops hosted by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion which aims to take a deep dive into forms of unconscious bias, and stereotyping that lead to micro-aggressions and discriminatory behaviourand will explores effective strategies to challenge our biases, reframing our ways of thinking and strengthen the experience of inclusion for all. 

Register for the workshops and view some of the resources provided here.

Education & Professional Development

The Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion helps facilitate learning to instil human rights, equity and inclusion in all facets of York’s operations and governance Workshops, training, community events, and knowledge exchange opportunities are provided for students, faculty & staff that:

  • Support students, staff and faculty in navigating current REI trends and topics
  • Showcase community thought-leaders
  • Support the development of a culture of respect, equity, diversity and inclusion at York University.

To learn more, click here to visit the website

YU Connect - Hub for all Co-Curricular Activities at York

YU Connect is York University’s new online system for getting involved and tracking your out-of-classroom experience in a revolutionary way. It provides students with a directory to find clubs and match opportunities to their self-selected interests. YU Connect is also a platform for creating a record of a student’s co-curricular involvement throughout their time at York.

Check out student Groups & Clubs on YU Connect to further support human rights, equity and diversity on campus.

Resources for Supporting the Fight Against Anti-Black Racism

York University Supporting the Fight Against Anti-Black Racism

York University's President and Vice- Chancellor, Rhonda L. Lenton and and Vice-President of Equity, People, and Culture, Sheila Cote-Meek has recently issued a statement that addresses the university's stance in supporting the fight against anti- Black racism and discrimination.

Please read and view the full statement here (available in English & French).

*Update: York University Supporting the Fight Against Anti-Black Racism

York has released an update on the next steps of the university's plans to support the fight against anti- Black racism and discrimination.

Please read and view the full statement here (available in English & French).

Statement from Calumet & Stong Colleges

Calumet and Stong Colleges (CCSC) support York University's statements about standing together to support the fight against anti-Black racism. CCSC are committed to inspiring learning, leadership and citizenship and value mentorship and being student centric, engaged, collaborative, and bold.

The success of our students depends on our collective willingness and ability to listen, to be kind, to look after ourselves and each other, to work together, and to lead with Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We do not condone or tolerate racism, prejudice or discrimination in CCSC. We are committed to supporting our CCSC Peer Leaders and Student Organizations and our York and CCSC community to stop anti-Black racism and systemic discrimination of all kinds. We will also collaborate with others to strengthen our student success programming to help our Colleges and students foster a just and fair world. For more information and to connect with us, email scchelp@yorku.ca.

Update: York has released an update on the next steps of the university's plans to support the fight against anti- Black racism and discrimination.
Please view the statement here. 

Statements from the York Federation of Students (YFS)

The York Federation of Students has released a statement on anti-Black violence and provided various resources and links that students, staff & faculty may find useful.

Click here to view YFS's statement on anti-Black violence.

To learn more about YFS and services & support they provide, visit their website: www.yfs.ca/

Resources for Supporting the Fight Against Anti-Black Racism from Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD)

Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD) has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for students, staff & faculty to use to support the fight against racism through strengthening allyship, participating in petitions, donating to support causes and further educating our community about anti- Black racism and how to dismantle systemic oppression.

Click here to view SCLD's list of resources.

*Note this list will be continually updated, please check back from time to time for an updated list

York United Black Students' Alliance (YUBSA)

The York United Black Students’ Alliance (YUBSA) was formed in 1996 as an amalgamation of members of the African Student's Association, the Black Writers’ Caucus and the Caribbean Student's Association at York University. The key objective of which was to unite and empower Black students on campus.

The York United Black Students' Alliance (YUBSA) is a non-profit community service group whose mandate is to develop programs that support Black-identified students (and community members) academically, financially, and socially.

To learn more about the club, join or offer support, click here

Contact:
services@yubsa.com

Resources for Supporting the Fight Against Anti-Black Racism and Systemic Racism

Ontario specific organizations:

Canadian equity and anti-racism organizations:

Ways to support demonstrators in America:

Additional Anti-Racism York Resources

Racialized Student Support Group, Counselling & Development
The Racialized Students Support Group is a group facilitated by two racialized counsellors at SCD. The weekly drop-in group provides a safe space for students who identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour (BIPOC) to reflect on their identities, experiences, and challenges and to build community. A focus of the group will placed on processing and healing from racial trauma.

Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion Anti-Racism Workshop Series
This workshop series aims to help participants gain an understanding of the impact of racially-based microaggressions and implicit bias. and obtain strategies on how to recognize and address these barriers to inclusive spaces on campus. 

York Scholars Hub Video: Will This Be the One?
Members of the Youth Research and Evaluation Exchange (YouthREX) based at the School of Social Work at York University discuss the current groundswell of protests and ask: Will this be the ONE that finally makes undeniably visible the metaphoric knee on the necks of Black people that anti-Black racism feels like every day. Will this be the ONE that finally energizes us all to dismantle anti-Black racism for ever so we can create a better future for Black youth? Their conversation will be framed by the findings of their report: Doing Right Together for Black Youth that found that the number one issue for Black youth and their families in Ontario is widespread anti-Black racism that runs through all of Ontario’s institutions and systems.

The Harriet Tubman Institute
The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas at York University is proud to be part of an international network of research centres committed to overcoming injustice and inequity as a result of slavery. Our research focuses on the forced and voluntary movement of African peoples around the world. As a social innovator, the Institute's mandate is to promote a greater understanding of the history of slavery and its legacy. The Institute fosters debate, informs public policy and strives to resolve current social injustices. The Institute is named for the spirit of Harriet Tubman, liberator of her people, feminist, and humanist (c.1820-1913).

Racial Equity Tools
Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

Youth Research & Evaluation Exchange
Reflection, Engagement & Action against anti-Black racism in Ontario

Supporting Indigenous Cultures/Peoples

York's Statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day 2020

York University's President, Rhonda L. Lenton has recently issued a statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day 2020. York recognizes our societies have benefitted greatly from the exploitation and harm that have historically marginalized and continue to marginalize Indigenous Peoples today and aims to make commitments to go beyond just acknowledging the harms in an attempt to redress them.

To view and read the whole Statement, click here

Truth and Reconciliation Commission & Report

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest class-action settlement in Canadian history, began to be implemented in 2007. One of the elements of the agreement was the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) to facilitate reconciliation among former students, their families, their communities and all Canadians.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Final Report is a testament to the courage of each and every survivor and family member who shared their story.

To learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and view details of the report, please visit Truth and and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)'s  website. 

Please refer to this link from the government of Canada as well.

Indigenous Framework for York University: A Guide to Action

York acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations, and we recognize our responsibility to respond to many different calls issued by Indigenous People (such as the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action to name a few). In 2017, York and the Indigenous Council, which advises the University on Indigenous initiatives, released the “Indigenous Framework for York University: A Guide to Action.” Built on the University’s distinct values, traditions, history and vision, the Framework laid a foundation for concrete actions that would embed Indigenous knowledge in the teaching, learning and research at York.

Statements from the York Federation of Students (YFS)

The York Federation of Students has released a statement on standing in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en regarding the violation of Wet’suwet’en Law to Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Click here to view YFS's statement on Wet'suwet'en Law.

To learn more about YFS and services & support they provide, visit their website: www.yfs.ca/

Indigenous at York University

The Indigenous Framework for York University: A Guide to Action is the result of cumulative efforts involving Indigenous and non-Indigenous York community member over several years. While the Framework was created in January 2017, it is important to acknowledge the significant contributions made by those who courageously stepped forward, convened dialogue and prepared earlier drafts. York initially started working on a draft Aboriginal Education Strategy and visioning exercise with its former Aboriginal Education Council several years earlier, and many of the original ideas and principles mirror those in the current Framework. Although the original draft was not formally adopted, the expertise, insight and aspirations shared during those early years were not forgotten. They helped to build a foundation upon which the Framework was created.

Please visit Indigenous at York University to find out more information

View the updated The Indigenous Framework for York University: A Guide to Action (2017 - 2019 Update)

The Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages

The Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages is a new Organized Research Unit (ORU) that was approved by the Senate in late May 2020.

The CIKL supports research involving both traditional and contemporary knowledges, as care-taken, shared and created by Indigenous scholars located in York University and Indigenous knowledge holders from communities.

The aim of CIKL will be to facilitate research and knowledge production and dissemination, by Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, that re-centers Indigenous knowledges, languages, practices and ways of being. In doing so, it will affirm Indigenous knowledges as vital sources of insight for the world and for future generations.

Click here to read more about The Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages 

The Centre for Aboriginal Student Services

The Centre for Aboriginal Student Services strives to deliver services and programs that are cognizant of the diverse experiences and upbringings of the Aboriginal student population. When creating programs and services, CASS draws upon both the traditional teachings of the Aboriginal nations represented within the diverse on-campus Aboriginal population and the values of York University. CASS recognizes that above all else, each Aboriginal student is a person with a wide range of strengths, limitations, interests and experiences and, thus, the programs and services delivered are an expression of this truth.

The programs and services are created, developed and promoted for the benefit of Aboriginal students, any interested York-affiliate is welcome to participate in our programs and services.

Indigenizing York

The Vice-President Academic and Provost also established a new position — Academic Director, a role focusing on Indigenizing curriculum and the academy, working closely with CASS. Professor Susan Dion (Faculty of Education) served as the inaugural Academic Director in 2014/15 and Professor Bonita Lawrence (Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies) assumed the position in 2015/16. In 2015 Lawrence attended a conference in Saskatchewan where discussions on institutional strategies were held. Upon her return she worked with Professor Ruth Koleszar-Green (Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies) who was recently appointed Aboriginal Education Council Co-Chair to develop an Indigenous strategy for York University.

For more information, please visit: indigenous.info.yorku.ca

Aboriginal Students' Association

Aboriginal Students' Association at York (ASAY) is a York Federation of Students (YFS) funded community service group whose mandate is Indigenous student advocacy and community development which we accomplish through event hosting and awareness campaigning. ASAY challenges university exclusion of Indigeneity and confronts social barriers to the academic success of Indigenous students both on and off campus. ASAY is an autonomous student association who welcomes partnerships to assist in its obligations to Indigenous students. Executive membership is reserved for Indigenous, undergraduate students.

Page on YU Connect

Indigenous Student Association of Glendon

The purpose of the Indigenous Student Association of Glendon is to promote Indigenous culture and issue awareness on campus. We strive to create an inclusive community for those Indigenous to Turtle Island and non-indigenous to come together.

Page on YU Connect

List of External Community Resources

Indigenous Resources at other Ontario Post-Secondary Institutions

GTA - Ontario Resources

Resources for Supporting Women and 2SLGBTQIA

York's Statement on Pride Month

York University's President, Rhonda L. Lenton has recently issued a statement on Pride Month 2020. York University not only acknowledge the historical and contemporary challenges of 2SLGBTQIA people, but also advocates for engaging in a collective responsibility to be allies for equity.

To view and read the whole Statement, click here

Centre for Women and Trans People

The Centre for Women and Trans People ("the Centre") is a student-funded, collectively run, volunteer-driven organization at York University. We are a progressive, pro-choice, anti-racist, queer-positive, trans-positive, feminist organization committed to:

  • Breaking the social isolation that women and trans people face on campus through programming, socials and networking events
  • Individual and collective empowerment through esteem building, education & decolonization
  • Providing services such as peer-to-peer crisis intervention, peer counselling, advocacy & referrals from a feminist, anti-oppressive framework
  • Acting as a resource base for understanding, exposing and organizing on issues around gender violence and social justice
  • Creating working relationships between students and the University administration, where students are directly involved in developing programs and policies that make the campus safer for everyone
  • Developing a culture of resistance and celebration by supporting initiatives by local artists

Visit The Centre for Women and Trans People's website to learn more

Feminist Action

Feminist Action is about bringing an activist spirit back to our campus. We're interested in anti-oppression politics and doing rather than just saying.

Our activism is based on a radical, queer, grassroots lens however, we do recognize the multiple interpretations of feminism and celebrate and support this diversity.

Learn more about Feminist Action here.

Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gay Asexual at York

TBLGAY is a safer space for the queer, trans and asexual community on campus located in 449a The Student Centre.

Feel free to come by the space to speak with staff, enjoy a social atmosphere, make new friends in a safer space, or take advantage of an ever-growing library of exciting books and magazines!

We welcome anyone to come hang out in our space, or become involved with our volunteer collective.

Page on YU Connect
Facebook page: TBLGAY
Email: tblgay@yorku.ca

Glendon Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Organization

GLgbtq+ is a group that promotes a supportive environment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer or any individual with diverse sexual or gender identities on York University's Glendon campus.

Everyone (including allies) is welcome to come out to everything we do regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, as long as everything stays positive!

Page on YU Connect

LGBTQ* Resources from the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion

The Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion has compiled a comprehensive list of York & external resources below for those who are LGBTQ*:

York University Policies & Procedures

York University Resources/Guides

 University Services

Student Groups & Clubs

Research Centres

Academic Departments

Off-Campus Resources

External Links

Resources & Support for People with Disabilities

Able York

ABLE-YORK shall endeavour to serve the needs of students with disabilities at York University, and promote awareness of disability issues both at York University and in the greater community. ABLE-YORK shall always operate within the confines of the Canadian and Ontario Human Rights Code, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, policies of York University, and federal and provincial laws. ABLE-YORK is an independently acting body of York University and as such, will operate at arm's length from other administrative bodies of York University. Persons employed at the administrative level of York University may make presentations before the ABLE-YORK membership and/or Board of Directors at ABLE-YORK meetings. The conditions for their attendance are, however, restricted. Administrative personnel shall not be present during discussion or voting of the ABLE-YORK membership and/or Board of Directors.

Page on YU Connect

Diversabilities Glendon

According to Statistics Canada, 3.8 million Canadians live with a disability. Despite all the social, legal, and medical progress and advances made over the years, there is still an imbalance that makes living with a disability (whether it be mental, physical, invisible) a little bit tougher. Here at Diversabilities Glendon, we offer a safe space for students and university staff living with a disability with peer support, and aim to educate and advocate on their behalf. Everyone welcome, regardless of their dis/ability!

Nous sommes un groupe bilingue et donc offrons les services en anglais et français. Selon les statistics Canadiennes, 3.8 million Canadiens vivent avec l'incapacité. Malgré tous les avancements sociaux, légale, et médical, il existe encore un impediment pour ces gens, n'importe si leur incapacité est mentale, physique, ou même invisible. Ici a Diversabilities Glendon, nous offrons une espace securitaire pour les étudiants et personnel d'université avec le soutien de pair, et essayons d'éduquer et préconiser pour ils. Tout est bienvenu, indépendamment de leur capacité!

Page on YU Connect

Additional Education & Support Resources

Educating About Racism & Discrimination

There are countless resources out there, and we encourage you to deeply explore histories of racial injustice, police brutality, black resistance, Indigenous rights and laws, to name just a few. Need a start? See the resources below:

Support & Be an Ally

If you’re wanting to take action and support Black, Indigenous and racialized communities, we strongly suggest that before you begin your journey into allyship, you to do some deep work on yourself. That involves being willing to be accountable for where you are at in the learning process. Apologize if you mess up, if you post something you shouldn’t have, if you make a comment that was hurtful. Learn from your mistakes, don’t get defensive, and, importantly, get back and up and keep learning. Other people seeing you do this will learn from it too. If you need a start, here are some resources to help you be an active ally:

Donate

If you can, share your resources with community organizations who support Black,  Indigenous and racialized people in Toronto through legal advocacy, front-line and educative services, and other resources. We encourage you to educate yourself about what organizations you can donate to, but here’s a list to get you started:

More resources coming soon.

Reach Out

Let someone know you are thinking about them and give them an opportunity to speak candidly about their situation and feelings. Let them know you are here for them to listen. Don’t try to solve problems or compare your struggles to theirs and be understanding if they do not want to talk about it.

If your loved one, colleague or friend is struggling, help them in any way you can. Here are some resources you can use to refer, access and learn from:

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects a number of rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and the right to equality. It forms part of our Constitution – the highest law in all of Canada.

Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms outlines details Equality Rights:

Equality before and under law and equal protection and benefit of law

15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

To read more about it, click here

Learn more about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in general, click here

 


 

Using & Accessing Zoom for Online College Engagement

All CC & SC college events and activities will be conducted online through Zoom in which login information will be given when students register for each particular event or activity.

York University has made Zoom available/accessible to all York U students for free so it can be used to stay engaged with friends, classmates, professors, staff, Colleges, student clubs and the larger York community.

Learn how to use and access Zoom for academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular engagement/involvement here

Learn more about Zoom and to join a Zoom meeting visit: https://zoom.us/join

 

Zoom Communication Tips

Tips for Listeners/Participants:

Maximizing audio and video quality is key for clear communication in Zoom.
Be sure to find the quietest place possible to sit when participating in a Zoom meeting.

Technology can help:

    • Wearing headphones - increases audio quality, makes participant voices clearer and minimizes extraneous background noise.
    • For those who have hearing aids or cochlear implants - there are a variety of wireless connectivity options for individual devices. These include:
      • Hearing aid streamers worn around the neck that connect via Bluetooth or cord to to laptops/tablets.
      • Some hearing aids and cochlear implants are able to connect via Bluetooth directly to a laptop/tablet.
      • Others can make wireless connections via an app on your phone or tablet
    • Check with your audiologist or hearing instrument practitioner about connectivity to devices such as laptops and tablets that are available for your individual hearing aids or cochlear implants
Video Quality:

Video quality varies on Zoom, depending on participants’ internet connections and the device they are on.

  • For best access, choose “speaker view” from the top right hand corner of your screen while in Zoom. This makes the video of whoever is speaking at the moment larger, in full screen mode.
  • “Gallery view” allows you to see all of the participants at once, but often the video boxes are small and difficult to see.
  • If there will be one main speaker in the meeting, you can “pin” their video so that it stays visible by hovering over their video, to "pin" a video, find the three dots next to the video and click on,“pin video”.
Tips for meeting hosts:

When hosting a meeting, use these tips to ensure quality communication:

  • Ask participants to find the quietest possible spot to sit so that background noise is reduced.
  • Ask participants to use a wireless headset/microphone which improves the quality of their voice and helps other participants hear more clearly.
  • Ask participants NOT to sit with their back to a window during a video conference, the shadow from backlighting makes it extremely difficult to see their face.
  • Ask everyone to keep their microphone muted when they are not talking. Even 2 or 3 people with open microphones can cause interference, and result in degraded audio quality.
  • Ask participants to use the “raise hand” feature before contributing to the discussion, so that microphones can turned on and off, and there is only one person speaking at a time.

Audio and video quality often deteriorate significantly if there are many people in a Zoom meeting, all of whom have video activated. For a large meeting, consider having participants turn their video camera off when they are not speaking.

To download a PDF version of these tips click here