Speeches & Remarks

Building Inclusive Communities in the Commonwealth: A New Role for Universities - Gladwyn Lecture - Dr. Rhonda L. Lenton - December 5, 2019

"I believe that we can renew the transformative power of higher education in a very different context by rethinking how we teach and who we teach, while restructuring our relationship with communities we serve. By adapting to current and future demands, we can give graduates the economic and social capital they need to fully engage in the lives of their neighbourhoods, their nations and their world."

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - Dr. Rhonda L. Lenton - December 1, 2017 (PDF)

"As an institution of higher learning with values of social justice and inclusion that are so fundamental to our identity, York is committed to being a leader in education and research about gender-based violence, and in championing social justice, equity and inclusion in our own practices."

The Role of Inclusion in Building Smart Cities - Dr. Rhonda L. Lenton - November 22, 2017 (PDF)

"...we need to ask ourselves how government, civil society organizations and the postsecondary sector can work together to build cities that are smart and inclusive—that utilize a range of policy tools aimed at improving the life prospects of all citizens, both in terms of jobs and education, and in terms of housing, transportation and the environment."

Installation Address - Dr. Rhonda L. Lenton - October 18, 2017 (PDF)

"We stand together at a moment when Canada has the opportunity to be a leader in mobilizing an inclusive response to the complex problems facing the world. York can contribute much to the realization of that goal... I believe our success rests on four pillars: access, connectedness, excellence and impact."