Alastair Younger, Vice-Dean Undergraduate Studies

Alastair Younger

Our team in the Office of the Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Studies had a busy and productive year. We continued to develop initiatives aimed at recruiting new students and helping our current students succeed.

We increased our outreach activities aimed at high school students. Our graduate students offered 48 workshops in French and English to high schools in the region and elsewhere in Ontario. We welcomed student groups from five schools to our campus to learn about the social sciences. We also offered three first-year university social science courses — two in French and one in English — to students from local high schools.

In addition, we continued to expand our activities focusing on student experience. We increased our ties with the units’ student associations, worked with our units to present 15 theme weeks and continued to develop links between current students and alumni. At the Mentoring Centre, we again recruited mentors from each Faculty unit; we also recruited a mentor who worked specifically with our international students. Finally, we expanded on our series of workshops on diverse aspects of university life.

We’ve been greatly encouraged by the success of all of these initiatives, and we look forward to an even more fruitful 2017-2018.

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