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The York University Brief

October 2018 
Shopify and Lassonde School of Engineering partner to offer innovative computer science degree program

A new partnership that reflects the future of experiential learning brings an innovative model of education to York University this fall.

York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering is partnering with Canadian commerce company Shopify, to bring a visionary education opportunity called Dev Degree to the Greater Toronto Area for the first time.

The unique program embeds students directly into development teams at Shopify through a paid internship that culminates with a unique honours Bachelor of Computer Science (BSc Hons.) degree. Shopify also pays the students’ tuition for the full four-year program.

Beginning this fall, the first cohort includes eight York Lassonde Computer Science students who will split their time equally between Shopify’s downtown offices and their coursework at Lassonde. The students will work alongside industry mentors and gain critical skills to solve real problems with modern technology. York University is the second institution to offer a Dev Degree program in Canada.
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'Education is key': York University makes 'Dreamers' program permanent

As a teenager, Rosa Solorzano was more worried about avoiding deportation than completing a university education. She was living with her family illegally in Texas, having fled their home of El Salvador after her brother was threatened by gang members, she says. The family eventually moved to Toronto in 2012.

Six years later, her refugee claim has been accepted. 
Over the last year, Solorzano has been able to start thinking about her future.

Thanks to a pilot program in collaboration with the Toronto-based FCJ Refugee Centre, she's been studying film production at York University. When Solorzano returns to classes this week, the 24-year-old will be a regular second-year student.

The program allows students with precarious immigration status — Canadian "Dreamers" — to register for a university degree program. The pilot program, thought to be the first of its kind in Canada, has graduated itself to a permanent program. This school year, the university will be admitting 16 students, up from 12 last year in the fall and winter semesters.
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Study suggests supplements could improve cancer treatment in obese patients

Breast cancer is a complex disease. Existing research tells us that obesity is clearly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in general and, more specifically, in postmenopausal women. So, what is it about fat and fat cells that contribute to the growth of cancer? And, importantly, is this changeable? Could diet, exercise and supplements improve the health outcomes for obese, postmenopausal breast cancer patients?

Research led by Faculty of Health Professor Michael Connor asked these vital questions. He sought to look further into the connection between fat and cancer, and to determine if obesity alters the micro-environment surrounding breast cancer cells.

The findings suggest that the supplement resveratrol could improve breast cancer treatment in obese patients in a fashion similar to diet and exercise interventions. These findings could be applicable to different cancers, as the link between obesity and cancer is found in other cancer types, such as liver, kidney and endometrial.
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New Indigenous Studies program at York U dares to be different

York University’s new Indigenous Studies program, launched this month, will give students the opportunity to engage with Indigenous ceremonies, choose experiential knowledge courses that will enable them to study an Indigenous language or work with traditional knowledge keepers to learn about land-based knowledge and cultural practices.

The new program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies will take Indigenous Studies into realms not usually explored. In addition to looking at the multiple issues faced by Indigenous communities across Canada and globally, the program will also focus on Métis perspectives, on urban and non-status Native people and on Native-Black relations, and the identities and experiences of Black Indigenous people, in Canada and across the Americas.

The development and launch of the new Indigenous Studies program is part of the reconciliation process and calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as the recently developed Indigenous Framework for York University: A Guide to Action. Read more…

Faculty of Graduate Studies earns national award for innovative student wellness program

York University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies is the recipient of the 2018 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Enhancing the Graduate Student Experience for its achievements through its Wellness Consultation Service.

The award, presented by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS), recognizes the Wellness Consultation Service for providing graduate students at York University with access to specialized mental health resources, consultation and counselling services. The first-of-its-kind program offers fast, accessible and confidential services, and works to remove barriers that may prevent graduate students from seeking help. Launched in December 2017, the Wellness Consultation Service serves approximately 6,000 graduate students.
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Financial Times ranks the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Number 1 in Canada

The Financial Times of London ranked the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA (EMBA) at York University the #1 EMBA program in Canada and 32nd globally. The 2018 Financial Times ranking, which was released this month, marks the 12th straight year that the Kellogg-Schulich EMBA program has been ranked #1 in Canada.

The Kellogg-Schulich EMBA ranked #1 in Canada in the categories of Salary Increase, Career Progress, Aims Achieved, Work Experience and International Course Experience.

The Kellogg-Schulich EMBA Program has been ranked #1 in the world and among the top 10 in the world by The Economist in the three global EMBA rankings it has conducted and was the top-ranked program in Canada in each of those rankings.
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York leads experiential education pilot program in Ontario high schools

York University’s Faculty of Education is leading an experiential education pilot project in high schools across Ontario that aims to build students’ capacity for civic action.

The Youth in Politics (#YiP) Project is led by Nombuso Dlamini and co-led by Uzo Anucha, both associate professors at York University, and hypothesizes that student-facilitated and student-structured civic activities encourage parental election interest. The project therefore supports and builds the civic capacity of students to engage parents in local governance issues, using the school board trustees election as a case study. It also aims to support teachers with best practices around experiential education built on youth engagement.

The #YiP Project is piloted in schools in Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor and Thunder Bay, Ont. The pilot schools have high numbers of trustee positions and are characteristic of Ontario’s population diversity.
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Ijade Maxwell Rodrigues
Chief of Government and Community Relations
ijade@yorku.ca
 
Shawna Teper
Government and Community Relations Officer
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Lucas Anderson 
Government Relations Officer
ljpa@yorku.ca 

Laksh Vig
Government Relations Assistant
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