Message from the College Head

Welcome to McLaughlin College! McLaughlin College specializes in the critical analysis and understanding of public policy, and is one of the most vibrant and interesting communities of students, staff, faculty and Fellows at York University. I invite you to reach and exceed your personal university goals through participating in McLaughlin’s intellectual, political, social, cultural and athletic activities in your continuous and further development as a “whole person.”

The success of your university experience is far more than completing your course requirements - it includes all of your learning experiences outside of class, and being part of a ‘learning community’ that strives towards excellence and assists you to be the best you possibly can be. McLaughlin College is here to help you every step of the way, with its superb Peer Mentoring Network, the M.A.L.L. (McLaughlin Academic Life Line) Advising, and a slate of College events and activities to expand your horizons and provide opportunities to hear from leading thinkers and practitioners across many academic and professional fields. The more you put into your university education, the more it will give you.

Be sure to mark your calendar and come out and participate in some of our traditional and most popular College events during the course of this academic year: the McLaughlin College Annual Public Policy Lecture and Dinner, this is one of our premier events of the entire calendar year; our popular Lunch Time Talks Series, held weekly throughout the Fall and Winter Terms, featuring some of the most dynamic and interesting academics, researchers, advocates, and practitioners in their respective fields; our ‘Common Read’ Seminars and ‘Critical Skills Workshops’ to provide you with the critical skills necessary to succeed at university; our Robbie Burns Night and Poetry Contest; the First Year Student Dinner, exclusively for our first year students; and, our Year End Student Dinner, open to our entire College community and, especially, for all our graduands. And, something new for this 2019-2020 academic year, the McLaughlin College Community Choir, to positively energize our students and to help sustain our outstanding musical history and tradition. All of these events and activities are designed to accelerate your learning in order to develop your full intellectual potential and capacity not only as a student, but, as an ‘educated person’ who is capable of taking on any challenges that she/he may have to face.

I urge you to get involved with your McLaughlin College Council and our over twenty student clubs that provide an opportunity to make a real impact on those things that mean the most to you. Get to know your McLaughlin College staff, faculty, and Fellows, who are there to help you have the best educational experience possible. Please remember that when you graduate you will remain a lifelong member of McLaughlin College.

I am an Associate Professor, and former Director, in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA), specializing in Public International Law and, specifically International Refugee Law. I have served with the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) at York University and the International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges (IARMJ), and on the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), Canada's largest administrative tribunal.

I am committed to making our College the best and most fulfilling 'learning community' it can be, and I look forward to meeting you all and working with you over the course of the academic year.

James C. Simeon, Associate Professor
Head of McLaughlin College
224 McLaughlin College
jcsimeon@yorku.ca