People of African origin make up one of Canada’s largest non-European ethic groups, with a population growing considerably faster than Canada’s overall population. Africa remains a continent of global importance, and York is working to further develop and maintain ties within the region. York professors take part in various Canadian and international aid initiatives in the area, conduct in-depth research involving the region and continue to actively promote African democracy and human rights through their work. York welcomes African students to its diverse and multicultural community.
- York undergraduate and graduate students from Africa in 2015-2016: 1,205
- York alumni worldwide from Africa: 314
- York has 440+ student clubs and organizations; The African Students Association brings together African students and friends to meet, socialize and discuss issues concerning the African cultural community
(Research in Africa)
- York’s Anthropology Department and Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, in collaboration with the Textile Museum of Canada, hosted a workshop that explores approaches to the Qur’an in Africa in 2011.
- York University’s Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora is a digitalized research facility that focuses on the movement of Africans to various parts of the world.
- Ghana native and York University dance professor Modesto Amegago founded the Dunenyo Music and Cultural Troupe in Ghana in 1982.
- York University helped run the Social Work in Nigeria Project, which aims to improve the quality of Nigeria’s social work education.