The Office of Student and Academic Services
In the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) provides all EUC students with supportive services and resources to reach their utmost success.
OSAS works closely with other campus associates and colleagues to establish and maintain a welcoming and enthusiastic experience for our students as they progress through their program at York University.
Here, you will find the various support services, initiatives and in-house programs that are available to you to help you succeed while at York.
Advising for Undergraduate Students
As part of the academic advising community, we hope to help you find a sense of purpose so that you can excel academically. Furthermore we hope that you will feel connected to York and to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. We encourage you to participate in our inclusive learning community which includes clubs and peer mentoring activities. Our academic advising team provides a safe and confidential environment for all York EUC students.
Undergraduate Peer Mentors
The Peer Mentor program helps undergraduate students get used to university life and to our program, so you can become connected to the larger community of York University. Peer Mentors have excellent leadership, are academically successful and are a positive influence on students by providing support, advice and encouragement. Some Peer Mentors provide writing and stats tutoring during selected times in the term.
What do they do?
Our well-trained Peer Mentors are available to guide and help you over the course of your program. Their office is a welcoming place where you can meet other students in your program. Our Peer Mentors provide the friendly support you need to help you navigate university life. The Faculty of Environmental Studies Peer Mentors are available Monday to Friday in HNES 125.
Peer Mentors will also…
- Attend first- and second-year classes to inform students about the various support services available.
- Invite you to the annual De-Stress Day: Full of fun, creative crafts, music, movies and popcorn and a way to relax before exams.
- Offer instructional support for some of our courses, particularly first-year courses. If you need help to understand some of the most difficult concepts in a course, you should first contact your professor and your own TA, but you may also get help from a Peer Mentor who is designated as an instructional support mentor. For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, a Peer Mentor will be available to offer instructional support for ENVS 1500 and ENVS 2009 and GEOG 1000.
- Offer writing support. You should first talk to your professor or TA for any writing issues, but you may also get help from a Peer Mentor. For the 2020-21 Academic Year, a Peer Mentor will be available to offer academic writing support for ENVS 1000 and GEOG 1000.
Meet Your Peer Mentors for 2020/2021
Undergraduate Peer Mentors' Online Office Hours
|Weekday||Time||Peer Mentor||Zoom Link|
9:30am to 10:30am
|Jacky||Click here to meet|
|Monday||10:30am to 11:30am||Brittany & Summer||Click here to meet|
|Monday||12Noon to 1:00pm||Sarika||Click here to meet|
|Monday||2:30pm to 3:30pm||Trish||Click here to meet|
|Tuesday||10:30am to 11:30am||Alyssa||Click here to meet|
|Tuesday||11:30am to 12:30pm||Marissa||Click here to meet|
|Wednesday||9:00am to 10:00am||Mayte||Click here to meet|
|Wednesday||10:00am to 11:00am||Ritwik||Click here to meet|
|Wednesday||12Noon to 1:00pm||Naval||Click here to meet|
|Wednesday||1:30pm to 2:30pm||Ayysha||Click here to meet|
|Wednesday||2:30pm to 3:30pm||Anjie||Click here to meet|
|Thursday||9:00am to 10:00am||Sarah & Tanishka||Click here to meet|
|Thursday||11:00am to 12Noon||Madison||Click here to meet|
|Friday||9:00am to 10:00am||Emma||Click here to meet|
Advising for Graduate Students in Geography
A Geography MA or MSc supervisory committee will consist of a minimum of two members from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, at least one of whom must be from the Geography program, and who serves as the principal supervisor. On entering the program you have been assigned a supervisor – your second committee member is usually chosen in consultation with your supervisor during your first semester.. Masters students’ supervisory committees have two members whether they pursue the thesis option or the MRP option. Courses are selected by candidates with the help of their advisors.
A Geography PhD supervisory committee will consist of a minimum of three members from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, at least two of whom must be members of the Geography graduate program. Upon entering the program you have been assigned a principal supervisor. You will normally choose your other committee members in consultation with your supervisor. Courses are selected by candidates with the help of their advisors.
Buddy System for Graduate Studies in Geography
"Buddy System" in Graduate Program in Geography - A number of graduate students have volunteered to act as “buddies” for members of the incoming cohort. They will be able to offer you advice, help you navigate various bureaucratic waters, and will introduce you to other people in the program. The buddy program is being organized by the Geography Graduate Student Association (GeoGSA). A member of GeoGSA will be in touch with you concerning your buddy assignment.
Student Success Resources
York University and the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change offer many resources to help you succeed in your studies and feel like you are connected to our community.
Student Accessibility Services provides educational support to students with documented disabilities in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and York Senate Policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities. Find more information here.
Student Counselling and Development aims to help York students realize, develop and fulfill their personal potential in order to maximally benefit from their university experience and manage the challenges of university life. Students come to us for a wide range of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, abuse, stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, eating and body image, as well as issues related to sexuality. Get more information on Student Counselling here.
The Learning Commons provides library research support, writing instruction, learning skills and careers services support all under one roof: the Scott Library. Our services will support you as you develop the many skills, tactics and strategies required for success in university and beyond. For more information, visit The Learning Commons.
The Writing Centre is an essential resource in your development of critical thinking, reading and writing: You will find that if you seek assistance early on when writing assignments, you will learn more about your own ability to write well and receive guidance during the process. Students in our BES program should take the time to visit the Writing Centre, since we do place a heavy emphasis placed on academic writing in our program.
Geography Reading Groups are opportunities for graduate students with common interests to get together for discussion. If you would like to form a reading group, just post a message to the grad student listserv and find some like-minded co-conspirators. If you would like to be a part of the Critical Geography Reading Group’s (CGRG) monthly events, you may contact Prof. Raju Das (email@example.com).
Computing Resources & Services
We provide a wide range of computing services exclusive to members of the EUC students. Services for the overall York community are provided by University Information Technology (UIT).