Welcome to the April 2021 issue of 'Innovatus'

Welcome to the April 2021 edition of ‘Innovatus,’ a special issue of YFile devoted to teaching and learning innovation at York University. It offers compelling and accessible feature-length stories about York University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, internationalization and the student experience.

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Has the Hill changed for women in the workplace post-#MeToo? Click here for more York U in the news

Tania Das Gupta, professor at York University’s School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, was mentioned in The Hill Times April 14. Read full story. Introducing the 2021 3M National Teaching Fellowship Award Winners Andrea A. Davis, associate professor at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and special advisor on York University’s Anti-Black Racism Strategy, was profiled in Maclean’s April 12. Read full story. Backyard chickens in Arnprior would promote homesteading York University PhD student Shelby Gibson contributed to the Arnprior Chronicle-Guide April 14. Read full story. Filmmaker

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Student experiences benefit the planet

Environmental and Urban Change students are engaged in valuable experiential education opportunities designed to give students practical training on precision agriculture, climate change solutions and local sustainable development strategies, using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and the Earth Charter as guidelines.

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Unique course has students seeing the land blossom online

Since Black Creek Community Farm (BCCF) is within shouting distance of York University’s Keele Campus, it seemed odd for Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change Assistant Professor Sarah Rotz to be taking her Land and Food Politics class there virtually, but such is life during the pandemic. Rotz has embraced the challenge and the result is a meaningful experience for her students.

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Open Up to Open Education at May 6 conference

Join Will Gage, associate vice-president, teaching & learning, and Joy Kirchner, dean of libraries, on May 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. for a non-traditional conference, “Open Space for Open Education,” to help shape York University’s further engagement with open educational practices and open education resources.

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Passings: Professor Emeritus John Ridpath

York University Professor Emeritus John B. Ridpath, died March 23 following a long illness. Known as an adventurous spirit, Prof. Ridpath was described as a legendary lecturer who, in his 30-year career as associate professor of economics and intellectual history at York University, inspired tens of thousands of students to have confidence in their own minds.

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