History of Founders College

Founders College was established in 1965 as the first college on the Keele Campus. Since 1965, the College, its Masters, Fellows, Students and Founders College Student Council have participated actively in the development of a new university.

The orange and green College banner, designed by a distinguished Canadian artist, Harold Town, symbolizes the university at the centre of a twelve-college sun burst. Between the spurs of the banner one can also see stylized figures which are a reflection of the twelve aluminum- figure sculpture placed above the main entrance to the College in the quadrangle.

Founders Residence

Residence Life at Founders College is a program of Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD). SCLD enriches student life by promoting education, awareness and growth, celebrating diversity, encouraging collaboration, and developing citizenship. Residence Life and FCSC strive to work together, in partnership, to achieve a common goal of community growth. The Residence Life Coordinator is Weston Eckert.

Founders College Masters Office

The Founders College Masters Office provides services for the students of Founders College and administrative support for many of the offices within the college. The Masters Office organizes a spectrum of events ranging from poetry readings, music and dance nights, to workshops on various academic skills, lecture series and film screenings. The underlying purpose of these events is very simple: to keep us united as a community and to provide opportunities where we expand our minds beyond what we learn in the classroom. The Masters Office is located in Room 216 Founders College.

Professor Pablo Idahosa – Master

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It is an honour and my pleasure to welcome you all to your College: Founders College.

Having been the first amongst the colleges on the Keele campus, the Founders Community, students, faculty and staff, and alumni alike, take pride in its many accomplishments since its inception in 1965. Those accomplishments have always been about the range of social, cultural and academic activities that have continually aimed at contributing to the educational success and enhancing personal experience of students at the University.

In a university as large as York, we like to feel that the college is a welcoming place, and your home away from home. We hope to see your experience at Founders reflecting the practice of the Founders motto, “Self, Culture and Society”. The byword of this mandate is one that cultivates the personal growth of students within a culturally rich environment that identifies the broader well being of the diverse communities within York and beyond into the wider society.

In belonging to Founders you will be brought into contact with the Fellows of the College, many of whom have won prestigious university, provincial and academic awards for teaching and research. Their association with the college is because of their commitment to a broad community of learning and to a vibrant, open academic atmosphere, where you will find that if people are willing to talk, others will be willing to listen.

Founders has a most active student council. Your representative body of student government is central to the quality of life of the Founders community. Open to all, its officers serve a wide variety of students’ interest, and it embraces your participation.

We also invite you to be actively involved in the Founders Community and engage in those areas that interest you. As you face both the challenges and opportunities in what will be a special time in your life, the college is here to support you.

Once again, welcome to Founders College.

Professor Pablo Idahosa
Office: 216A Founders College
Telephone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 20610
E-mail: pidahosa@yorku.ca