Osgoode professor address calls for stronger UN anti-racism convention

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Osgoode Hall Law School Assistant Professor Rabiat Akande was invited to address the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards on July 20 where she asked the committee to consider changes to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).  

Akande urged the Ad Hoc Committee to strengthen ICERD to specifically prohibit the persecution of racialized religious minorities. Akande argued that international human rights law does not offer these groups adequate protection.  

The Ad Hoc Committee was initially formed in 2007 to consider a convention or additional protocols to update the ICERD. The committee has met most years since 2008 and is attended by member states, regional groups, national institutions, specialized agencies, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.  

The committee has engaged with numerous experts in the fields of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and contemporary issues of racism in different contexts. The resumed 11th and 12th sessions of the committee took place from July 18 to 29 in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Rabiat Akande

Akande told the committee that a current draft of the additional ICERD protocol, which was drawn up during the 10th session, mistakenly construes all forms of contemporary religious discrimination as racial discrimination and “fails to acknowledge the every day struggle of persons who suffer intersectional discrimination along the axis of race and religion.”  

The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which helped shape subsequent international human rights law, was fatally flawed because its concept of religious liberty continues to exclude members of disfavored and racialized religious groups, she said.  

Akande argued the international law draws a false dichotomy between freedom of conscience (or internal beliefs) and outward forms of religious faith.  

“The most obvious casualty has been the covered Muslim woman,” she stated to the committee, “with a string of decisions handed down by the European Court of Human Rights consistently upholding state restrictions and even proscriptions on the hijab – the Muslim headscarf or veil –as being a proportional and reasonable restriction of the manifestation of religion.” 

Muslim minorities face the debilitating impact of Islamophobia, said Akande, but are unable to access meaningful legal remedy under the law. At times, she added, the same has been true for other religious minorities, including Jews, Sikhs and even some Christian groups.  

Akande said the draft protocol to ICERD “will not offer the legal remedy needed by those whose experience of religious and racial marginalization is compounded by the intersection of those two forms of discrimination.” 

She told the committee that the legacy of colonization lives on in the racial and religious subordination of certain peoples – “marginalization that is not only denied recognition and remedy under international law but is in many ways even compounded by the current international legal regime.” 

“As we confront new forms of oppression such as lethal Islamophobia masquerading as national and international security policy,” she said, “and indeed, the persistent denigration of the religions of Indigenous peoples globally, I hope member states will seize this opportunity to take bold action by offering robust legal protections for communities at the margins.” 

Akande joined Osgoode last year, and works in the fields of legal history, law and religion, constitutional and comparative constitutional law, Islamic law, international law and post-colonial African law and society. She is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard University Academy for International and Area Studies, where she was in residence from 2019-21. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2019. At Harvard, she also served as an editor of the Harvard International Law Journal and taught at the law school and in the Department for African and African American Studies. 

Applications for Glendon’s Research Apprenticeship Program and G21 courses are open  

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Glendon Campus will be recruiting more than 30 undergraduate students to partake in the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) and the new G21 course during the 2022-23 school year.  

With funding from the Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) and support from other on-campus partners, the Glendon Research and Innovation Office has created opportunities for students to pursue their diverse interests and passions by providing them with an impressive range of research experiences on campus. These initiatives aim to encourage students to participate in enriching, experiential learning opportunities. 

Glendon students have the option to engage in two unique opportunities to conduct hands-on research. Students in RAP work as research assistants on the projects of faculty members, while students participating in the G21 courses pursue their own independent passion project under the supervision of a faculty member. In both areas of interest, Glendon professors serve as invaluable mentors to all participating students. 

All students are welcome to submit an application RAP. Glendon’s incoming cohort of first year Top Scholar students, a group of high school students entering Glendon with an average of 90 per cent or higher, are given priority to participate in the first year of the program. 

As part of the application process, students will be asked to answer questions based on their research interests and engagement both inside and outside of the classroom. Students will also be asked to indicate their top three choices of faculty members with whom they wish to work in a research assistant capacity. Student researchers in the program are expected to complete five hours of apprentice-related work per week. Each student will be granted a bursary of $1,500 for their work. 

Students interested in pursuing an independent research passion project in the G21 courses must ensure that their project aligns with one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participation in the G21 is limited to upper-level Glendon students, who will enroll in the course entitled “G21 Passion Project / Projet passion G21” on the Glendon course website page, which is coded 4669 and can be found under the course listings for History, Linguistics, Drama and Creative Arts, Canadian Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, and International Studies. 

Students majoring in other programs may enroll in the social science version of the course. As part of the application process for the G21 course, students will be asked to submit a short proposal detailing the independent research project that they wish to pursue, and they will identify a faculty supervisor.

At this year’s Glendon Research Festival, a number of talented students presented their research findings and engaged in a stimulating question period at the end of the session. One student centered their research on SDG 11 by analyzing the critical role of public art in creating sustainable cities and communities, while another student focused their research on SDG 4 through their insightful analysis on the integration of students with down syndrome and dyslexia in an L2 classroom (a setting where their dominant language is not spoken). 

In the G21 courses, students will receive a course credit and have access to research funds for their projects. 

Both programs equip students with an invaluable skill set to conduct intense research, which includes enhancing their critical thinking, editing, presentation and writing talents. Students are also encouraged to cultivate networking skills through their participation in various research-oriented workshops that are organized throughout the academic year. It is through their engagement in RAP and G21 courses that many Glendon students can explore their research interests and develop a passion for conducting research.  

Undergraduate opportunities like the RA program and G21 courses demonstrate the benefits that come from engaging students in research projects beyond traditional, formal classroom settings. The skills and knowledge the students acquire will help them prepare for future academic and work endeavours. 

To learn more, visit the Glendon Campus research webpage.  

4REAL experiential learning opportunity to focus on local climate solutions 

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The Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada) is supporting York University’s 4REAL (4th Renewable Energy & Agricultural Learning) project.

Students building a compost at the experiential learning partner farm, Native Plants in Claremont as part of a previous CEWIL-funded REAL project

CEWIL partners with post-secondary institutions, community members, employers, government and students to champion work-integrated learning. The 4REAL experiential learning opportunity will focus on local climate change solutions through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically regenerative agriculture and gardening, value-added food production, sustainable building construction, renewable energies, electric mobility, Indigenous knowledge and environmental education, including arts-based learning. 

This innovative project will enable 224 post-secondary students from across the country to receive a $1,200 scholarship. In addition, it will cover the costs of trainers, safety equipment, transportation and more.  

The project lead is Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change (EUC) Associate Professor Jose Etcheverry, who is also the Co-Chair of Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) and director of the International Renewable Energy Academy (IREA). Project coordination will be led by master’s of environmental studies graduate Dale Colleen Hamilton, and administration by York University master’s of environmental studies student Codrina Ibanescu.  

“Our goal with this grant is to provide practical and memorable experiences, and to allow people from all different walks of life to participate in seeing and creating the world that they would like to see,” said Etcheverry. 

4REAL is linked to York University’s renewable energy course to offer undergraduate and graduate credits. Participants may also receive a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals certification based on their level of achievement, issued by the International Renewable Energy Academy and the Rural Urban Learning Association. 

4REAL will begin July 18 and conclude Sept. 30. The timing of the project is flexible, with options available for all interested students and partners to remain involved as a team for subsequent initiatives. Interested students can sign up through the Eventbrite link

The Beausoleil First Nations and Six Nations alongside REAL team members who built design elements of the Climate Solutions Park, an ongoing project that began during previous REAL rounds in Penetanguishene, Ontario

The project aims to provide practical training in renewable energies and regenerative agriculture as pivotal climate change solutions. The project offers opportunities to select and train a group of student leaders to undertake SDG-focused projects and work collaboratively with community partners to develop practical deliverables in areas such as: regenerative agriculture, scientifically proven climate change solutions, renewable energies for farm and general use, arts for environmental education, ethical entrepreneurship, and Indigenous reconciliation.   

“We must make peace with our own actions if we would like to speed up change for the climate. We all have to come to peace with our own responsibility for our community, and collectively open our consciousness to create something different if we are to contribute to the well-being of future generations and climate solutions. It starts with us. We are all one ecosystem, and we need to manifest our natural abilities for greatness,” said Jacqueline Dwyer, 4REAL community partner and founder of the Toronto Black Farmers and Growers Collective. 

This opportunity will ensure students obtain the practical skills needed by diverse employment sectors, represented by 4REAL’s numerous community partners. Students will explore their professional and personal development needs, positioning them for employment in high-demand local sectors such as food production, energy, transportation, housing, and environmental education. 

A solar installation training offered with Relay Education in February 2020 as part of a previous REAL project. Each of the three cohorts welcomed more than 50 students

4REAL participation can be entirely online, but with a strong preference for some in-person experiential learning at our various farm and green industry sites in the Guelph, Toronto and Georgian Bay areas. Students will work in groups informed by mentors and collaborating with strategic partners and other local community stakeholders to design and implement practical strategies to tackle selected SDGs; and will curate their experiences for online knowledge mobilization. 

“Each student which enters this training has the opportunity to empower themselves towards their greatest potential, and importantly, their own self-actualization. Education, to me, has always been a liberatory practice aimed to awaken and free my mind, and I believe this training offers just that. We must allow seeds of hope and inspiration to plant trees that will water future generations for many years to come. Everyone has a purpose, and it is up to all of us to discover what that is. I’ve learned that when we join together with like-minded individuals, anything becomes possible,” said Ibanescu. 

For further details about how to participate in 4REAL, email csp@123mail.org.  

Emerging themes in social determinants of health theory and research highlighted in commentary

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In an invited commentary to the International Journal of Health Services, Professor Dennis Raphael of York University together with Ontario Tech University Associate Professor Toba Bryant outlined seven emerging themes in social determinants of health theory and research.

Dennis Raphael
Dennis Raphael

These themes go beyond traditional notions that carrying out high-quality research and presenting them to policymakers will lead to health-promoting public policy. Instead, the authors identify significant barriers to having this research put into practice by governmental authorities increasingly under the sway of corporate and business influence. The corporate and business sector commonly calls for reduced government spending, lack of regulation of the workplace, and reduced taxes on the corporate and business sector, positions at odds with the findings of this research.

The seven themes are:

  1. Models of Public Policy Change (traditional models of public policy change do not represent how public policies actually come about);
  2. The Political Economy of Health (public policy is increasingly under the sway of political and economic interests whose desires are not aligned with the needs of most Canadians);
  3. Unionization and Collective Agreement Bargaining (these processes are key to promoting health but neglected in health promotion research and action);
  4. Corporate Domination of the Base and Superstructure of Society (it is increasingly apparent that the corporate and business sector are shaping both economic and political processes as well as all aspects of civil society);
  5. Neoliberalism, Redistribution and Service Delivery (increasing acceptance of neoliberal approaches to governance are leading to greater inequities in the distribution of resources necessary for health as well as degrading of health and social services);
  6. Communication and Polemic (it is necessary to raise the volume on these issues as traditional communication approaches are not working); and
  7. Social Welfare States or Socialist States (it is becoming apparent that many of the barriers to having the social determinants of health addressed are rooted in Canada’s form of capitalism. The environmental crisis is leading to questioning whether a climate catastrophe can be avoided under our present economic system.)

In the conclusion of their commentary, Raphael and Bryant state: “The apparent inability of government authorities to control the power and influence of the corporate sector is yet another reason for a reconsideration of the current economic system and whether capitalism is capable of maintaining, much less improving, the quality and equitable distribution of the social determinants of health.”

Finally, Raphael points out that most of the work cited in the paper was conducted with graduate students in York University’s Graduate Program in Health Policy and Equity. The paper “Emerging Themes in Social Determinants of Health Theory and Research” is available at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/00207314221109515.

Apply now to be an Agent of Change  

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The Agents of Change Program is accepting project proposal applications until Sunday, July 3 at 11:59 p.m. It offers students the opportunity to gain beneficial entrepreneurial experience and make impactful changes in their local communities.  

The program aims to support innovative student-led community initiatives that uniquely address the social determinants of health (SDH) and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). It offers students start-up funding, one-on-one coaching, mentorship, training and networking opportunities. 

The Agents of Change Program was established by an alumni donor in 2013, driven by the goal to promote applied learning opportunities and develop students’ transferable skills. A project-based learning approach is adapted by the program to foster student engagement to real-world problems through their personal, community-oriented and health-related initiatives. 

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to run their projects in a year-long timeline that begins in August 2022 and ends in May 2023. Calumet and Stong Colleges will be reviewing the project proposals.  

Eligibility to apply for Agents of Change:  

  • A York University undergraduate/graduate student returning for the academic year of 2022-23; 
  • Good academic standing with York University; and  
  • If applying as a group:  
    – maximum number of group members is five.  
    – majority of the team (over 50 per cent) must be from the Faculty of Health. 

The proposed Agents of Change Initiative ideas must address the following:  

  • Project vision: Your vision should be specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and timely (S.M.A.R.T.); 
  • Goals, deliverables, and timeframe: How will you implement your vision in the months to follow? What projects do you aim to complete during your timeframe?;  
  • Target population of the project: Who is the intended demographic for your project? Please justify the need for your initiative with research;  
  • Uniqueness: What makes your project innovative and unique? Ensure your project does not replicate services on campus. If services are duplicated, does your project complement or expand already existing initiatives?;  
  • Adaptability: Does your project demonstrate the flexibility required during this time of COVID-19? How will you work around these limitations (delivering services online)?; and 
  • Existing resources and required budget. 

A detailed proposal guideline is available for reference.  

For the past nine years, the program has achieved noteworthy outcomes and impact through more than 25 student-led initiatives focused on meeting the health-related needs of vulnerable or marginalized community members. 

Past Agents of Change initiatives have covered a broad range of categories, including supporting physical and mental health, gender inequity in health leadership and homelessness. The current Agents of Change projects are innovative in addressing SDH and are actively participating in achieving the UN SDGs. Learn about past projects on the Calumet College webpage.  

C4 opening three classrooms for students this fall 

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The Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom (C4) will offer three different classrooms this upcoming fall and winter semester. 

Each class will accommodate 75 students and is available to third- and fourth-year students who are interested in participating in a C4 learning opportunity. Classes will run on Mondays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Fridays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

Over the past three years, more than 500 students have participated in C4. This award-winning learning space brings together students from across York’s campuses, Faculties, and programs to work in interdisciplinary teams on “real-world” challenges with community and industry partners.  

C4 is popular with students because it allows them to work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) while earning credits and acquiring new professional skills, such as project management and teamwork. Throughout this journey, students learn the value of multiple perspectives and approaches to research, design and problem solving. The experience helps students recognize what they can offer the world, prepares them for their future and celebrates student success.

Third-year kinesiology and past C4 student Tiana Marconi, whose team won C4’s Community Impact Award, reflected that “winning this award has given me confidence in my ability to make a change in the world. Thinking back to how nervous I was at the beginning of the semester to where I am now, I feel the difference. This award has validated all my efforts and allows me to believe in myself as someone who can and will enact change.” 

Nikash Persaud, a recent bachelor of environmental studies alumnus, whose team won C4’s Teamwork Award, shared that “being recognized for our teamwork felt like a beacon of success. We can walk away as a team knowing we came this far together, and we left everything we could in that classroom. Thank you, C4, for giving us the tools and guidance to develop a project we are proud of.” 

C4 applications for the fall and winter terms are now open. For more information about C4, visit the website at www.yorku.ca/c4 or attend a weekly information session to learn more about course structure and expectations, alumni experiences, and what C4 has to offer.  

Municipalities of the Future Symposium brings focus to sustainability through equity and inclusivity 

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The School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) held its fifth annual Municipalities of the Future Symposium in hybrid format on March 23.  

This year’s theme, “Municipalities, good governance and sustainability: Bringing progressive strategies to life,” featured insightful panels ranging from environmental sustainability and climate resilience to smart cities, ethics, human resources and procurement.  

Associate Deputy Minister Vinay Sharda delivers keynote address.
Associate Deputy Minister Vinay Sharda delivers keynote address

With more than 150 virtual participants and 60 guests who attended in person, municipal employees, non-profit managers, community leaders, provincial public servants, students and faculty from SPPA reflected on the lessons learned from the pandemic and engaged in exploring innovative approaches to acting on pressing policy priorities with a renewed focus on sustainability through equity, diversity and inclusivity.  

“Delivering through Partnerships” was the central message highlighted by keynote speaker Associate Deputy Minister Vinay Sharda of Policy, Planning & Agency Relations with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Sharda explained the synergies between elected officials, public servants and the communities they serve. He also highlighted the qualities of effective leadership and provided advice during a question-and-answer period.  

From left to right: Naomi Couto (York University), Zincia Francis (City of Vaughan), and Joanne Kinya Baker (City of Markham), joined online speaker Jennifer McCabe (City of Ottawa) to discuss Municipalities Symposium Session II. 
From left to right: Naomi Couto (York University), Zincia Francis (City of Vaughan), and Joanne Kinya Baker (City of Markham), joined online speaker Jennifer McCabe (City of Ottawa) to discuss Municipalities Symposium Session II 

When addressing the responsibilities of public servants to elected officials, Sharda emphasized the ability and importance to offer the best advice, confidentiality and the skills to implement changes. He stressed that trust and transparency between partners can lead to better outcomes, cultural change, and produce responsive and optimal delivery of mandates.  

The symposium further explored, developed, and analyzed key issues including resilience and planning, equity and the role of human resources and procurement, frameworks for organizational structure, data hubs, and improving governance through ethics and clear processes.  

Sharda said in his keynote address, “the province and municipalities are the front-line delivery agents, we must increase collaboration to deliver and deliver effectively.”  

Emerging from the Pandemic round-table discussion with (left to right): Zac Spicer, Ajay Nandalall (TD Bank), Christine Tu (Region of Peel), and Alena Kimakova. 
Emerging from the Pandemic round-table discussion with (left to right): Zac Spicer, Ajay Nandalall (TD Bank), Christine Tu (Region of Peel), and Alena Kimakova 

The event concluded with a round-table discussion on what it means to emerge from the pandemic with lessons learned on sustainability and governance. The session was facilitated by SPPA’s Director and Associate Professor Alena Kimakova, and Associate Professor Zac Spicer, who will be leading the Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) municipal stream at York University’s new Markham Campus in Fall 2023.  

The symposium was co-sponsored by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario. A full listing of speakers and their biographies can be found on the SPPA webpage.  

York University announces 2022’s Top 30 Alumni Under 30

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The 30 outstanding graduates, including author Kaleb Dahlgren and Olympian Melissa Humana-Paredes, are working to right the future in a variety of fields and highlight the many career and life paths made possible with a York degree.

York University has announced its list of Top 30 Alumni Under 30. The remarkable group of civically engaged young leaders are tackling complex societal challenges in a world facing a convergence of unprecedented trials, all before the age of 30.

“York’s Top 30 Alumni Under 30 program aims to recognize inspiring young alumni who are working to right the future in varied and significant ways,” says Julie Lafford, executive director, Alumni Engagement. “From business leaders championing equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, to social entrepreneurs, environmental advocates and community builders, alumni across all sectors are making meaningful differences in their communities and beyond.”

Representing every Faculty at the University, these alumni are applying the education, skills and experiences they received at York to meaningful careers and community service endeavours demonstrating a long-standing commitment to the public good.

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Alamgir Khandwala

“I am honoured and humbled to be selected for this award and recognition,” says Alamgir Khandwala (BAS ’17), manager, Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting at Moneris. Through his significant volunteer work, Khandwala advocates for underprivileged communities and advances equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives to help create an equitable and sustainable future. “Meeting the rest of the cohort and learning about the amazing work they are doing in their respective communities has helped me revive my passion for continuously making an impact at every opportunity possible, whether it be one person, or thousands of people around the world.” 

Launched in 2021, York’s Top 30 Alumni Under 30 program seeks to highlight the success and diversity of the University’s alumni community, while inspiring the next generation of young alumni leaders to make a positive difference locally and globally.

For more information on the 2022 Top 30 Alumni Under 30, visit the website.

L’Université York annonce les 30 meilleurs diplômés de moins de 30 ans pour 2022

Les 30 diplômés exceptionnels, dont font partie l’auteur Kaleb Dahlgren et l’athlète olympique Melissa Humana-Paredes, s’emploient à être présents pour l’avenir dans des domaines variés. Ils et elles mettent en évidence les nombreux parcours de carrière et de vie rendus possibles par l’obtention d’un diplôme à York.

L’Université York annonce sa liste des 30 meilleurs diplômés de moins de 30 ans. Ce groupe remarquable de jeunes leaders engagés civiquement s’attaque à des défis sociétaux complexes dans un monde confronté à une convergence d’épreuves sans précédent, tout cela dans la vingtaine.

« Le programme des 30 meilleurs diplômés de York de moins de 30 ans vise à reconnaître les jeunes diplômées et diplômés inspirants qui s’efforcent d’être présents pour l’avenir de façons diverses et concrètes », déclare Julie Lafford, directrice générale des relations avec les diplômés. « Des chefs d’entreprise qui défendent l’équité, la diversité et l’inclusion sur le lieu de travail, aux entrepreneuses sociales, en passant par les défenseurs de l’environnement et les bâtisseuses de communautés, les diplômés et diplômées de tous les secteurs apportent une différence dans leurs communautés et au-delà. »

Représentant toutes les facultés de l’Université, ces diplômés et diplômées appliquent l’éducation, les compétences et les expériences acquises à York à des carrières intéressantes et à des projets de service communautaire démontrant un engagement de longue date envers le bien collectif.

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Alamgir Khandwala

« C’est un honneur pour moi d’avoir été sélectionné pour ce prix et cette reconnaissance, que je reçois avec humilité », a déclaré Alamgir Khandwala (B.A.S. 2017), directeur, comptabilité d’entreprise et rapports financiers chez Moneris. Grâce à son importante contribution bénévole, M. Khandwala défend les communautés défavorisées et fait avancer les initiatives d’EDI pour créer un avenir équitable et durable. « Rencontrer le reste de la cohorte et découvrir le travail extraordinaire qu’elle accomplit dans ses communautés respectives a ravivé ma passion pour changer les choses à chaque occasion qui se présente, qu’il s’agisse d’une personne ou de milliers de personnes dans le monde. » 

Lancé en 2021, le programme des 30 meilleurs diplômés de moins de 30 ans de York vise à mettre en évidence le succès et la diversité de la communauté des jeunes diplômés de l’Université, tout en inspirant la prochaine génération de leaders à agir concrètement au niveau local et mondial.

Pour plus d’information sur le palmarès 2022 des 30 meilleurs diplômés de moins de 30 ans, visitez le site Web.

Call for applications to the Provostial Fellows Program

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Dear colleagues,

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic is issuing a call for applications to the Provostial Fellows Program between now and May 4. The call is open to all tenured faculty members who are interested in working directly with the provost and relevant senior leadership on a project or initiative geared towards advancing the University Academic Plan, including York’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Challenge.

Indigenous faculty and those from equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply. The program is intended to give tenured faculty a chance to gain hands-on experience in University leadership. Those who are interested in applying or who have a particular project in mind should consider the following:

  • projects may relate to any of the six UAP priorities, and also seek to enhance and intersect with the University-wide challenge to elevate contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
  • proposed projects should also seek to provide an opportunity for personal professional growth and learning, as well as the exploration of leadership at the Faculty or institutional level; and
  • projects do not need to target a Fellow’s home Faculty.
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The University Academic Plan 2020-2025 identifies six academic priorities

Here is a look at what last year’s Provostial Fellows have achieved. Details on the program, how to apply and the relevant timelines can be found here on the Provost & Vice-President Academic site. I encourage all tenured faculty who are interested in advancing academic priorities while working to build a better future and create positive change at York and beyond to apply.


Lisa Philipps
Provost & Vice-President Academic

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Chers collègues, chères collègues,

Le Bureau de la rectrice et vice-présidente aux affaires académiques lance un appel aux candidatures pour le programme rectoral de bourses à partir d’aujourd’hui et jusqu’au 4 mai. Cet appel est ouvert à tous les membres permanents du corps professoral qui aimeraient travailler directement avec la rectrice et les hauts dirigeants concernés sur un projet ou une initiative visant à faire progresser le Plan académique de l’Université (PAU), y compris le défi des ODD de York.

Les membres du corps professoral autochtones et issus de groupes dignes d’équité sont encouragés à poser leur candidature. Ce programme vise à donner aux professeurs permanents la chance d’acquérir une expérience pratique de leadership à l’Université. Les personnes intéressées par une candidature ou qui ont un projet particulier en tête devraient prendre en compte les points suivants :

  • Les projets peuvent porter sur l’une des six priorités du PAU et doivent aussi viser à renforcer et à appuyer le pari de l’Université de rehausser ses contributions aux objectifs de développement durable des Nations Unies;
  • Les propositions de projets doivent également être une occasion de croissance, de perfectionnement professionnel et de découverte du leadership facultaire ou universitaire; et
  • Les projets ne doivent pas nécessairement cibler la faculté d’attache du postulant ou de la postulante :
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Le Plan académique universitaire 2020-2025 identifie six priorités académiques

Voici un aperçu de ce qui a été réalisé l’année dernière dans le cadre de ce programme. Vous trouverez plus de détails au sujet du programme, du processus de candidature et des dates limites sur le site Web de la rectrice et vice-présidente aux affaires académiques. J’encourage tous les membres permanents du corps professoral qui souhaitent faire avancer des priorités académiques tout en contribuant à la construction d’un avenir meilleur et à la création de changements positifs – à York et au-delà – à y postuler.

Sincères salutations,

Lisa Philipps
Rectrice et vice-présidente aux affaires académiques 

York Capstone Day celebrates innovation and creativity  

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York Capstone Network’s (YCN) annual York Capstone Day event will take place virtually on Friday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Funded by the Business in Higher Education Roundtable, the annual showcase welcomes students from any Faculty at York to present their completed capstone projects. Bringing project partners and mentors as well as York community members together, the event celebrates the innovation, creativity, ambition and impact of York students. 

Both pre-capstone and capstone students are welcome to share their research-design projects in thematic panels throughout the day and compete for five campus-wide monetary prize awards, including:  

Sustainable Development Goals Award 
The award will be presented to the team whose project demonstrates an exceptional commitment to advancing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in keeping with York University’s SDG Challenge as outlined in the current University Academic Plan. Learn more.  

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award 
The award will be presented to the team whose project demonstrates an exceptional commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in alignment with priorities identified by York University. Learn more.  

High Impact Award 
The award will be presented to the team whose project exhibits the greatest potential to demonstrate a long-term, positive impact for stakeholders and society as a whole. Learn more

BEST Lab Award 
The prize will be presented to the team whose project demonstrates exceptional innovativeness and inventiveness, impact in addressing an important societal issue, and the viability of the project. Learn more.  

Emerging Leaders Award  
The award will be presented to the team whose project touches on at least one of the main award themes of sustainability; equity, diversity, inclusion; high-impact; or technology. Learn more.  

Interdisciplinary student panels with alumni and partners will form the primary events of the day. There will also be a variety of professional development and networking opportunities for students, created in partnership with Career Education and Development, York University Libraries, and Innovation York.  

Most of the projects shared at Capstone Day come from the Project Commons, an interdisciplinary lending library of SDG-linked, real-world projects for any York classroom. Professors who check out projects from the Commons receive one-on-one support from experiential education (EE) experts, who help them customize the project(s) for their classroom and its unique learning goals. Participating students are connected with project partners eager to support student learning. To learn more about the Project Commons and how it can help you infuse the SDGs and EE into your classroom, click here to book an appointment. 

Capstone Day is a free and open event for all York community members. Participation applications are due Friday, April 1. Event registration will open in April. Visit the YCN webpage for more information.