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, http://www.calumetcollegecouncil.com/. CCC organizes social events, recreational sports, workshops, and speaker series (http://calumet.yorku.ca/student-council/). 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 committed to supporting student success. To this end, the College offers the PASS program where trained upper-year students who have taken the course and done well offer weekly study sessions for 'high challenge' courses. Students who participate in PASS achieve higher grades than they would otherwise achieve. Peer Tutoring is another program offered through the College that provides course-based academic support to students in challenging courses. Peer Tutors are students who have previously successfully taken the course and trained to help students one-on-one understand difficult concepts. The College is also committed to supporting first year transition through the course-based College Ambassadors. College Ambassadors liaise with their peers and the course instructor to ensure a rich student experience in first- and second-year courses. College Ambassadors also make in-class announcements about upcoming co-curricular events and resources to help students succeed. The Peer Mentoring Program helps incoming students transition well into university. Peer Mentors are upper-level students who provide support for first-year students. The Agents of Change program provides opportunities for students to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills through curricular and extra-curricular project development and implementation. This program supports students’ personal and professional development as engaged citizens. Finally, the Career Exploration program is designed to help students explore graduate and professional school opportunities and a variety of career paths in Canada and internationally. Graduate Students (Graduate Peer Mentors), Alumni and Fellows from a variety of disciplines provide mentorship, guidance and advice to students regarding post-graduation matters. The Health and Wellness Program promotes the wellbeing of the mind, body and spirit of our students. In addition to the co-curricular activities, Calumet also is committed to building student leaders through developing a peer-based approach to learning, leadership and citizenship. Lastly, the Student Success Coordinators, the Residence Life Coordinator, the Student Development Assistant, and staff of the Master’s Office are available and enthusiastic to help students gain the most from their university career.
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.