York U to host special event to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women


TORONTO, Thursday, November 30, 2017- York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering will host a special event to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with a ceremony on Friday December 1, 2017.  This event will commemorate the lives of 14 women who were killed at Montreal’s École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989.

 The event will feature special guest, Toronto Star science and technology journalist and York University’s Faculty of Science first “Science Communicator in Residence” Kate Allen.  Allen will speak about women in STEM and in the media.

As well as paying tribute to the 14 women who were killed as a result of gender-based violence, this day represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the causes of violence against women and others who are marginalized in our society. The event was produced using Lassonde’s recently developed online tool, the inclusion lens.

This pan-university ceremony is open to the media. It will be a collaborative initiative between York’s President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton, the Lassonde School of Engineering, the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Community Relations, and the Department of Community Safety.

Date: Friday, December 1, 2017

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location: First Floor CaféBergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence

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Media Contact:  Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 44543 anayyar@yorku.ca