York International introduces Virtual Coffee Chats to build community

York International introduces Virtual Coffee Chats to build community

Physical distancing is important for our health and safety, but it means many students may be on their own, feeling lonely and isolated during this time.  To bring students together virtually, York International has now moved its regular Coffee Breaks online!  Although usually in person twice a week, Virtual Coffee Breaks are now online every weekday and students can join no matter where they are.  International students who have gone home, York students on placements or exchange abroad, students in residence on campus or any York student can connect with their York community at each Coffee Break.

Each Coffee Break is themed or topic-based:  learn about meditation and self-care, join a virtual cooking lesson with healthy (or healthy-ish!) recipes you can make in the microwave, share tips on motivation, or join us for a Netflix watch party!

Facilitated by student leaders and staff from York International, the Coffee Breaks bring together departments from across the Division of Students to provide support for our international and domestic students.  Counsellors from Student Counselling and Development check in with students and provide tips for mental health and wellness.  Student leaders from Athletics and Recreation join every session to run a “Body Break” so students can stretch and stay active even when staying indoors.  Wellness Peers co-facilitated on meditation and self-care techniques.  What has been a support program for international students is now a great way for any student at York to find community during physical distancing.

Nous aurons également plus des sessions en français avec nos collègues à campus Glendon. Il y aura des sujets de conversation en français pour les étudiants bilingues ou qui veulent apprendre ou pratiquer leur français!

Whether students are joining from residence, Seoul, Mississauga or beyond, we’re making physical distancing a community! #togetherapart

Find out more about how York University is creating positive change in the COVID-19 pandemic here.