Answering the call for action on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

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When Provostial Fellow Cheryl van Daalen-Smith issued a call to faculty to let her know about their work to infuse the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their classrooms and courses, she received an incredible response from across the University’s campuses and the result is a new community of practice.

Cheryl van Daalen-Smith
Cheryl van Daalen-Smith

“We are thrilled to announce the overwhelming response from faculty who are infusing the SDGs into their classrooms/courses, as well as others who want to learn more about how they might also,” said van Daalen-Smith, associate professor, School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health, and associate professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies/Children, Childhood & Youth Studies Program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

“From dance to kinesiology, psychology, Earth science, fine art, gender studies – and the marvellous list goes on – York faculty are seeing the SDGs’ relevance to the real-world issues they want their students to consider through a myriad of rich lenses,” said van Daalen-Smith.

In response, van Daalen-Smith has established a community of practice, which will hold its first meeting on Friday, Nov. 26 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. over Zoom. Co-hosted by the Teaching Commons and the Provostial Fellows program, the meeting will provide an opportunity for those attending to see examples of how faculty across York’s campuses are embedding the SDGs into their classrooms. It will also serve to initiate discussions about how an SDG-focused community of practice might look at York University. The discussions will be supported by Michael Johnny, manager of knowledge mobilization with Innovation York.  

Faculty interested in attending the meeting should register here. Once registered, a Zoom link will be provided.

To learn more, contact van Daalen-Smith by email at