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The College System – Founders College

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Location: 216 Founders College, Tel.: 416-736-5148
Master: Mauro Buccheri, e-mail:

Founders College was the first college established on the Keele campus and it is proud of the role that its Fellows and students have played and continue to play in the development of York University. The theme of Founders College is “Self, Culture and Society”, which reflects the special interests of the college in its 24 program affiliations that range from anthropology, french studies, italian studies and history to african studies, environmental studies, social work and equity studies, as well as its strong commitment to internationalism and contemporary ethical and political issues.

The Fellows of Founders are professors from a number of different departments who have come together to support the college’s goals. Many of the Fellows have their offices in the college and are available for interaction with Founders students. The Fellows, with the students, are the lifeblood of the community; they are active in many ways, especially in fostering their academic interests in an interdisciplinary environment, organizing cocurricular events such as seminars and conferences, and participating in the advising program for Founders students, under the direction of the college academic advisor. A network of peer mentors is also operated by the academic advisor for the benefit of all Founders students.

The following program-related student groups are associated with the college: Undergraduate History Students Association, Students for Canadian Studies, Feminist Action student group, Health and Society Student Association, International Development Association, Linguistics Student Association @ York, Undergraduate Sexuality Studies Association. A complete list of student clubs affiliated with Founders College can be found at Founders College also houses the Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies, the Nellie Langford Rowell Women’s Studies Library (also recently enlarged, with a bigger focus on its international collection), the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and the Speech and Psycholinguistics Laboratory. The college supports a variety of activities related to the arts, including an annual Music Night organized by staff and students. The college has an attractive assembly hall, newly renovated large junior common room and a student lounge located in the basement of the College. Lectures and colloquia are regularly offered in a wide variety of academic and cultural areas associated with the college. Finally, Founders is home to one of Canada’s most prestigious popular/academic feminist journal, Canadian Woman Studies Journal/les cahiers de la femme & Inanna Publications.

The college is governed by the master, the academic advisor and the administrative coordinator, assisted by an office staff as well as by a variety of committees involving Fellows and students. A student council, Founders College Student Council (FCSC), administers an important budget derived from an annual operating grant, and organizes a variety of social events and programs for Founders students.

The college encourages in its students both active participation in college life and academic excellence. The College Life at York (CLAY) program offers students the opportunity to work and get involved in the College during the academic year. Founders College tries to remain faithful to what is best in the collegial tradition - hard study, stimulating interaction between Fellows and students and a lively community spirit.