A Welcome Message from York University President Rhonda Lenton

A Welcome Message from York University President Rhonda Lenton

October 23, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


(upbeat music) – Hello, and a very warm
welcome to York University. I am Rhonda Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University. And I would like to welcome all of you, new and returning, faculty, students, and staff
to the University this year. We are delighted that
you have chosen York. We are a welcoming and inclusive community of higher learning, providing a broad demographic
of students access to a high-quality, research
intensive learning experience committed to the social,
cultural, economic, environmental, and other well-being of the societies we serve. Our Keele and Glendon campuses
contribute significantly to the vibrancy of Canada’s
largest and most exciting city, and we are leading the way
in discovery and innovation with world-class students,
researchers and teachers, who are dedicated to pushing boundaries and anticipating society’s changing needs. This is a particularly exciting
time for the University. Several new state-of-the-art
buildings on our campuses are helping to provide
a dynamic learning environment conducive to the innovative teaching, learning and research underway, including a new Student Centre, renovated science labs in Farquharson and Schulich’s new Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study and Research Building. Two new TTC stations on our Keele campus are connecting us with our
community partners in Toronto and across the GTA like never before. At York, our faculty and staff
are dedicated to excellence, and their impact goes
far beyond the classroom, contributing to local and
global research projects, shaping public policy decisions, and mentoring, supporting and engaging over 50,000 undergraduate
and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and over 300,000 accomplished alumni, living and working around the globe. Our students have diverse
learning opportunities to grow as scholars and as
civically-minded global citizens. From taking part in experiential
learning opportunities, to joining one of more
than 300 student clubs and associations, and accessing an array
of supportive services, to getting involved with
Innovation York and LaunchYU, a program for our budding entrepreneurs. In 2019, we will mark the
University’s 60th anniversary, but our story truly is just beginning. We launched our Indigenous framework, a set of 10 guiding principles to advance Reconciliation
at the University. And we have marked a
number of key milestones for our new Markham Centre Campus, which will open its doors in 2021. York University is fundamentally committed to equity and social justice, and to bringing our scholarly, research and creative activities to bear in making the world a better place. I invite each of you to make your mark during your time here, and on behalf of all of us at York, I wish you the very best time this year. (upbeat music)