2023 President’s Annual Report

Living Well Together

Right the Future

As one of Canada’s most diverse universities, York University is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant and harmonious community where everyone feels welcomed and included.

With the launch of the new Decolonizing, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (DEDI) Strategy and our bold new commitments to decarbonization, we are engaging in both institutional transformation and impactful collaborations that will improve lives of people and the planet.

York’s diverse population

of York’s employee population is female
of York’s employee population are part of a racialized group
of York’s employee population self-identify as disabled
of York’s employee population self-identify as Indigenous
of York’s employee population identify as 2SLGBTQ+

Stakeholder Perceptions of York as excellent

York rated as a 1st choice university
In supporting the development and launch of York’s first DEDI Strategy, I learned much from the community and am proud that the work has already changed conversations across the University.”
Amy Gaukel
Senior Executive Officer
Office of the VP, Equity, People and Culture
York has a strong history of sustainability in our academic work and our operations and is well known for developing creative and committed changemakers. Now, we must rise to the challenge and mobilize our knowledge to meet our sustainability goals in our buildings, across campuses and in every classroom and lab.”
Mike Layton
Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Sustainability
Alumni (MES 2006)

York launches first of a kind Decolonization, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 

In May 2023, York University launched its Decolonizing, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (DEDI) Strategy, marking a vital moment in York’s history that brings it closer to realizing its vision and living its values of a welcoming, diverse and inclusive learning environment.
10. Reduced Inequalities

York ranks in top 40 of prestigious global rankings for SDGs impact

York University continues to be recognized globally as a progressive university committed to addressing globally complex challenges through quality education and innovative research and partnerships, evidenced by its strong showing in various university rankings. 
4. Quality Education

Promoting well-being at York 

Work is underway for York University’s new Well-being Strategy, with a draft version released for community input in Fall 2023. This strategy both continues and elevates York’s longstanding commitment to the health and well-being of its community members.
3. Good Health & Well Being

Working in partnership to promote a safe and inclusive community

Governed by core values of diversity and inclusion, York University is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable campus environment where everyone feels welcomed, respected and safe. In February 2022, the University formed an internal expert panel to undertake a review of its security services – an action first identified in the Action Plan on Black Inclusion: A Living Document for Action.
3. Good Health & Well Being
10. Reduced Inequalities

Honouring exceptional changemakers

York University celebrated the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Convocation ceremonies with a distinguished and diverse lineup of individuals who were recognized for their positive impact in areas ranging from human rights advocacy and environmental activism to innovation and entrepreneurship:

Fostering a culture of service excellence

In Winter 2022, Human Resources completed a reorganization, to enhance its role as university partners and fosters a culture of service excellence.  The reorganization began in 2019 and models the David Ulrich HR Business Partner model, which streamlines service delivery with HR professionals serving as trusted advisors, change agents, employee champions, and administrative expertise.

Improving digital coverage of Black excellence 

To address disparities in Black content on Wikipedia and Wikidata, the York University Libraries partnered with the University of Toronto, Toronto Metropolitan University and the Toronto Public Library to host the Black Histories Wikipedia and Wikidata Edit-a-thon in February 2023.
4. Quality Education
10. Reduced Inequalities
17. Partnerships for the Goals

​New chancellor marks historic first at York   

York University began a historic era when it installed Kathleen Taylor as its 14th chancellor, marking the first time a woman has held the position of Chancellor at the University. As chancellor, Taylor will drive positive change as she connects with students at convocation ceremonies and helps to advance institutional priorities. 
5. Gender Equality

Federal government awards $1.5 million to support anti-racism research, KMb 

In April 2022, the federal budget allocated a transformative provision of $1.5 million for the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community, and Diaspora at the Faculty of Education. This funding ensures long-term support for research that creates pathways to quality education for Black youth.
4. Quality Education
10. Reduced Inequalities
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthening community inclusion and well-being 

Over the last year, the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion (CHREI) worked to strengthen the York community’s sense of inclusion and well-being by delivering 128 training sessions to 3,752 faculty, staff and students. These sessions included Rights, Equity, Diversity, Decolonization & Inclusion (REDDI) and Anti-Racism workshops, as well as customized sessions tailored to community requests.
10. Reduced Inequalities

Raising awareness of student well-being

In 2022, students completed the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey (CCWS), which enabled the University to learn about their well-being needs and support its diverse student population.
3. Good Health & Well Being

Recognizing excellence in storytelling and brand

Over the past year, York University’s campaigns have continued to be recognized on the world stage for its excellence in generating awareness of and enhancing the reputation of York.

Making York a better place to work and learn

York’s vision for Service Excellence was developed to enhance the quality and efficiency of services that advance the University’s vision. The Service Excellence Program (SEP) enables this vision by co-creating solutions with the York community that are user-focused and collaborative, to make daily work simpler, faster and more efficient.

Enhancing the student, staff and faculty experience at York University 

The Student Systems Renewal Program (SSRP), in collaboration York community members, is transforming the student, faculty and staff experience. The SSRP project is cultivating York pride by establishing a strong sense of purpose while strengthening the University’s culture of Service Excellence.