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The College System – Calumet College

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Location: 301 Calumet College
Tel.: 416-736-5098
Master: Myriam Mongrain, e-mail:

Calumet College was founded in 1970, sixth of the eight undergraduate colleges. It was initially housed in the Steacie Library and later at Atkinson. The unique character of Calumet College life and governance developed during the many years in Atkinson when Calumet served only commuter students. Master Eric Winter opened the college's first computer lab and introduced computer-related college courses. In 1991, through the leadership of Master Peggy Keall, Calumet College and Calumet Residence buildings were opened. Calumet is affiliated primarily with the Faculty of Health and its programs in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Health Informatics, Global Health, Health Policy and Management, and also with the Schulich School of Business. Our mandate, “enterprising minds” conveys the spirit of intellectual inquiry, effort, and accomplishment that is characteristic of successful university education.

Calumet provides services, facilities and opportunities for students in all aspects of university life: academic, social, cultural and recreational. All members of the Calumet community - students, Fellows, alumni, alumnae and administration - are encouraged to participate. The name Calumet is an aboriginal word meaning “peacepipe”, or strictly speaking the kind of rock from which a peacepipe is carved, which explains why Calumet is the only college at York which does not have a flag – instead it has a rock!  The name was chosen to recognize and respect Canada’s aboriginal heritage and culture, and Calumet College continues to give life to that intention through its partnership with an urban aboriginal organization, Anduhyaun Inc., and its affiliation with the Aboriginal Students Association at York.

Behind all of Calumet's activities there is a fundamental point of view, a theme, which celebrates the individual in community. It cherishes the differences among its students; it seeks to demonstrate the role of lively discussion and eventual consensus through mutual tolerance and understanding. Calumet College Council (CCC) and Calumet Residence Council (CRC) provide opportunities to get more involved in college life. CCC publishes an interactive online blog via their website,  CCC organizes social events, recreational sports, workshops, and speaker series ( Calumet teams play in a wide range of intramural sports: hockey, broomball, water polo, softball and soccer to name a few. Throughout the year, students organize a variety of social activities including dances, movie nights, gala dinners and other events. Elections for positions on CCC occur in March, and planning for the activities of the upcoming school year is initiated soon after.

Calumet College is also committed to supporting student success. To this end, the College offers the PASS program where trained upper year students who have been successful offer study sessions for ‘high challenge’ courses. Students who participate in PASS achieve higher grades than they would otherwise achieve. The College is also committed to supporting first year transition through the HealthAid Network Course-Based Peer Mentorship Program. This program brings just-in-time information regarding campus resources, ways to get involved, and important deadlines to students in all core 1000 classes in Health. Write to Succeed is another program offered through the College that specializes in peer writing support and consists of 15 minute drop in sessions in the Student Success Centre. This program is open to all students regardless of college affiliation and helps students with citations, essays, reflections and lab reports. The Agents of Change program provides opportunities for students to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills through co-curricular and extra-curricular project development and implementation.  This program supports students’ personal and professional development as engaged citizens. Finally, the Create Your Future program is designed to help students explore academic choices and future careers by introducing them to graduate and professional school opportunities and a variety of career paths in Canada and Internationally.

The Calumet Residence consists of 43 six-person coeducational suites. Suites normally have four single and one double bedroom. Each suite also includes a lounge area, a kitchenette and two bathrooms. The suites are grouped into seven houses, each with a don: The entire residence is overseen by the residence life coordinator. Suite members are responsible for cleaning their own room; the cleaning of the common spaces, such as kitchens, lounges, entrances and stairwells, is shared by all suite members. Each room is equipped with high-speed Ethernet drops allowing students to access the Internet, e-mail and all the online services York provides their students.