Dean’s Notes 11-1-2021

November 2, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: November 1, 2021

We’re officially in the second half of the term! Hope you’re all hanging in there. I hope you all had a Happy Halloween!! Three more weeks until Thanksgiving Recess – let the countdown begin!
So, we realized last night that toddlers seem to have no interest in Halloween! Maybe when Sahej understands the connection between dressing up and receiving candy, he will be more enthusiastic. All he wanted was a cupcake from the dining hall, and he would have gotten that costume or no costume! ;) We were supposed to be the Three bears, and when he didn’t wear his costume, we thought he might wear last year’s costume (Grogu/The Child) and we could attempt to be Ewoks, and when he didn’t wear that costume, we thought we wouldn’t have any trouble getting him into his firefighter jacket (he loves fire trucks). Nope! That didn’t work either. We still went with that, and so we attempted to be Smokey the Bear and his wife (me) and a Fire Chief. Needless to say, we were very warm when we entered the dining hall last night. Hope those of you who were there got a chuckle. Scroll to the end for pics! Have a great week!! :)

There was some confusion about this last week, so I wanted to add a note about my OPEN (Zoom) office hours, which you can always find at the top of my Calendly page. Please note that for these sessions, no appointment is required. During busy times of the term, I have this option multiple times per week (like last week!). Generally, these sessions are weekly on Friday mornings. When you click on the Zoom link, you will be placed into a waiting room. I speak (1-on-1) to students in the order they “arrive”.

Meeting with me

To make an appointment, please use the Calendly scheduling tool,, or reach out to Leah with any scheduling issues. I will have a mix of Zoom and in-person meetings each week. Zoom meetings (including open office hours) will be through my Zoom page: For in-person meetings, come to the office – masked, of course.

My OPEN (Zoom) office hours for each week are also listed on my Calendly page (at the top of the main page). No appointment is required. When you click on the Zoom link, you will be placed into a waiting room. I speak (1-on-1) to students in the order they “arrive”. ACADEMICS

Yale Degree Audit: Yale Degree Audit (YDA) is a tool that tracks your progress toward the bachelor’s degree. YDA is located on the Academics tab of Student Information System (SIS). YDA displays the Yale College degree requirements that you have already completed and those that are still pending. A “Look Ahead” feature shows you how future course enrollment might apply toward your degree. If you believe that academic information in your degree audit is incorrect, contact our office.


November 1 Deadline to submit a Request to Enroll in a Professional School Course (Blue Form) for second-half term courses.
November 11 Last day to withdraw from a fall second half-term course without the course appearing on the transcript.

Writing Center/Tutors/Partners:;
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Trumbull Writing Tutor: Adam Sexton is the Trumbull College Writing Tutor. Adam teaches three courses in the English department (Reading Fiction for Craft, Reading and Writing the Modern Essay, and Writing About Music) and is a Critic in the graduate School of Art. During summer 2022 he will be teaching Writing About Music for Yale in London. Adam is also a writer; his next book, Difficult Listening, is due to be published in 2022.

To meet with Adam, please reserve a half-hour by logging on to, and be sure to email him the document you want help with by 7:00 a.m. on the day of your appointment. Include the instructor’s prompt, your focus for our meeting, and when the paper is due. Adam looks forward to working with you!


Our mission is to help all Yale undergraduate be active, empowered learners at Yale. Though peer academic mentoring, interactive workshops, and connections to resources, we hope to provide you with the tools that can propel you towards your goals.

Individual Mentoring
Get organized by meeting with an Academic Strategies Mentor. Mentors will help you develop a study schedule, offer strategies for approaching complicated readings and p-sets, and help you develop a plan for prepping for those first exams. If you’d like to arrange a meeting, please email us at or sign up on our online scheduler.

Meet with our Learning Specialist
Have a learning difference or other condition that affects how you accomplish your academic work? We can talk with you about new approaches for meeting Yale's academic challenges. Contact Academic Strategies Learning Specialist Sarah Cussler ( for an appointment.

Disability Peer Mentorship Program
A collaboration between Academic Strategies and Disability Empowerment at Yale, this program matches students with disabilities with peer mentors who have similar experiences navigating academic life at Yale for individual mentoring. Students can request a mentor via this form: First-year students can also request mentorship and guidance about Student Accessibility Resources through the SAS Peer Liaison Program.

Our famous workshop sessions will all be online again this academic year. Register via YaleConnect to access Zoom links:

ADHD Monthly Support Groups
Monday, Nov. 1, 1:15-2:15 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 4-5 pm
Do you struggle with time management, disorganization, or other classic symptoms related to ADHD? Come share, reflect, and strategize in our monthly meetings. No diagnosis required.

Reading Analytically for Social Science
Monday, Nov. 1, 4-5 pm
This workshop provides an overview of deep reading to generate effective contributions to class discussion, develop essay topics, and identify strong evidence for essays. Participants will get practice with these strategies in our interactive session.

Strategies for Reading Literature
Monday, Nov. 1, 7-8 pm
How do we read deeply and completely without running out of time? This workshop introduces techniques to help you effectively read and respond to literary works.

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 7-8 pm
This workshop offers strategies for identifying the sources of procrastination and pursuing productive habits that can get you back on track.

Imagining Your Summer (w/CIPE)
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 4-5 pm
Interested in summer study abroad, fellowships, or internships, but don't know how to get started? Hear from students who have done these things to help you identify some possible summer opportunities. You will leave with a clearer idea of what is possible and the resources you can access to make your vision happen. Now is the perfect time to start planning!

Time Management
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7-8 pm
Time management is key for lowering stress at Yale. Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.

Getting the Most Out of Mentorship
Thursday, Nov. 4, 4-5 pm
Join Yale undergraduates for a conversation on how to make the most of any mentorship opportunity, including peer, graduate student, faculty, and alumni mentorship.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, Nov. 4, 7-8 pm
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.


Sponsored travel for Yale College students will be governed by the Yale College Travel Policy, but should public health concerns require, further restrictions may be imposed at any time.
Yale students have a free subscription to the Daily Chatter, a great resource for keeping up with global news presented from a non-partisan perspective.
Follow CIPE on Instagram and Twitter to keep informed


• UTA: An Introduction to the Agency, November 1
• Grad School 101: What You Need to Know (MA/MS/PhD), November 3
• Experience ORISE Virtual Career Fair: Internships & Fellowships at DOE, DHS and More, November 3
• Health Professions Week 2021, November 4-November 11
• Military Med School Scholarships / Physicians Pathways Presentation, November 4 (registration required)
• Engineering Pathways Panel, November 4
• 2021 Engineering Career Fair Collaborative, November 5th from 1-4:30pm
• Dispelling Pre-Medical Myths by Dr. Michael McCullough, November 5
• Harvard School of Dental Medicine ASDA 13th Annual Pre-Dental Conference, November 6

Health Professions, Grad School & STEM

• 2021 Official Guide to Medical School Admissions
• Considering a Gap or Short-Term Experience post-graduation?
• Create a Target Employer List (Job Search Road Map)
• U.S. Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships for Summer 2022
• Yale Biotech Club (events open to all students)


• Visit the Study Abroad COVID Updates page for the latest information and resources relating to Yale Study Abroad.
• View recordings of our online info sessions at a time that works for you!
• Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser to explore goals, programs, credit transfer, and more.
• Passport processing has been significantly delayed, up to 18 weeks. If you need to apply for or renew a passport, get started now! Review U.S. Passport Services for more information and find a local Passport Office.


Imagining Your Summer Information Session #4
Wednesday, November 3, 4pm - 5pm
Register here

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, November 4, 7pm - 8pm
Register here
Fellowships & Funding Info Table with Student Outreach Coordinators
Friday, November 5, 4pm – 5pm
Cross Campus (follow the candy trail!!)
Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships Info Session
Wednesday, November 10, 3pm - 4pm
Webinar Link

November 8, 1:00pm ET - Saint Andrew’s Society Graduate Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
November 11, 1pm ET - Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores & Juniors
November 11, 1pm ET - Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
November 15, 1pm ET - James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
November 16, 8pm ET - The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program National Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
December 1 - Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship/Fellowships Awards National Deadline | Eligible graduate and undergraduate students
December 3, Noon Beijing Time - The Yenching Academy of Peking University Scholarship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Recent Graduates
NOTE: Yenching Academy will host a series of virtual info sessions for prospective students.
December 15 - Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships; District 7980 Foundation Scholarships; Contact District 7980 Administrators with application questions | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni
January 5, 1:00pm ET - Richard U. Light Fellowship (Summer, Fall, and Academic Year Study) Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
NOTE: Attending a Light Fellowship info session is an application requirement
January 5, 1:00pm ET - Davis Projects for Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
January 14, 1:00pm ET - Beinecke Scholarship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
January 14, 1:00pm ET - Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores & Juniors

Identify additional funding opportunities in the Fellowships and Funding Flyer Series.

Summer’s over. Start thinking about summer! In Yale Summer Session, focus on difficult classes, try out a new subject, or ease your course load in future semesters. With over 200 courses in New Haven, Online, and Abroad from a range of disciplinary fields, every Yale College student can find a course that meets their needs and helps them succeed.
Summer 2022 course offerings will be posted in early 2022. Check out our website and social media for updates. Reach out to with any questions.


Want to talk? We're here to listen. Walden is Yale's only undergraduate-run, completely anonymous, non-judgmental, and non-directive peer counseling service. Our office, in the basement of Welch B, is open from 8pm-1am Sunday through Thursday for walk-ins, and you can call us at 203-432-TALK (or 203-432-8255) from 8pm-8am any day of the week while classes are in session. No issue is too big or too small.

The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy is now accepting applications for its year-long seminar focused on politics, social activism, diplomacy, and public service. The course is open to all current Yale College juniors and all graduate and professional students.

Beginning in January, the two-semester course explores how to achieve large ends with limited means, whether in social movements, military conflict, foreign policy, or domestic politics. The course engages questions of grand strategy from a wide range of perspectives, exploring topics in racial justice, global security, economic development, climate change, immigration, and technological advancement, among others. It emphasizes interaction between academics and practitioners, and between participants of differing political views. Grand Strategy aims to develop students’ capacities not only to analyze the past and present, but to act as responsible, thoughtful leaders and citizens of the future. In conjunction with the course, the program hosts a number of events and private dinners with practitioners such as social activists, diplomats, politicians, military personnel, journalists, and media experts. This course is a highly selective and intensive seminar that offers summer research grants to all accepted students.

If you are interested about our program, please visit our Q&A on our website for more details. We will also be hosting a virtual information session on November 9th from 5:00pm-6:00pm. If you would like to attend this Zoom meeting, please click here to register. To apply, please clink the link here: The deadline to apply is November 21st, 2021, at 11:59pm
Interested in becoming an East Asian Languages and Literatures or East Asian Studies Major? Come for an informal get-together with the Chairs and DUSs for EALL and EAST!
Sophomore information session: Wednesday, November 3rd, from 2:30-3:30pm via Zoom. Please RSVP to For more information, please contact

The Silver Scholars Program at the Yale School of Management allows students to earn a Yale MBA degree within three years, directly after graduation, spring-boarding them toward their career goals and leadership positions. The program is designed for exceptional students with strong leadership potential. These students enroll in our full-time MBA program where they make up about 5% of the student body. Rather than the traditional summer MBA internship, Silver Scholars complete a year-long internship, extending their experience to three years. All Yale College students receive a 50% tuition discount and an application fee waiver. The admissions committee seeks applicants with a combination of intelligence, maturity, and curiosity who aim to be future leaders in their field of interest. Candidates from all majors are welcome to apply; we enjoy the diversity of interests and backgrounds that Silver Scholars bring to the broader MBA class at Yale SOM. If you would like to speak with an admissions representative, please email to schedule an appointment.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is looking for more volunteers! VITA is a low-commitment opportunity to get more involved in New Haven by providing low-income residents with free tax services. Plus, you’ll learn how to prepare taxes which is a valuable life skill. In past years, we have helped anywhere upwards of 1000 families file their tax returns.

VITA is especially in need of intake coordinators and tax preparers (no previous tax knowledge necessary). These commitments are only 2 hours per week. We have weekly training lessons to get you up to speed on tax knowledge if you’d like to be a preparer!

If you are interested in getting involved with VITA this semester, please fill out THIS form as soon as possible to receive more information about certifying as a volunteer!

The French Department is hosting this semester’s tables françaises on Zoom!
Les Tables françaises are a great place to practice your conversational French in an informal setting. French-speakers at all levels from the Yale Community are welcome.

Note: If you simply click “reply” to e-mails from our office that utilize the Yale Messaging system, Leah and I do not receive the e-mail (the address is and the e-mails are lost somewhere in cyberspace!). The “message” address also often defaults if you start typing our names into your e-mail app, so be careful! Please e-mail us directly! Thanks! Sorry that we keep including this in the weekly DNs, but it keeps happening – be careful and thanks!