Dean’s Notes 11-15-2021

November 15, 2021

A few more days, and there will be a nice, one-week break! Have fun at The Game! All the best to our football players!

Since there won’t be Dean’s Notes next week, I’ll also take a moment now to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. You make my life here at Yale and in Trumbull incredibly rewarding – I’m thankful that I get to be your Dean. Seeing you, in-person, in the dining hall, my office and around campus has been such a blessing.

I’m also very thankful for Leah! She’s amazing – many of you know this, and students who didn’t get to meet her last year are starting to realize this! Many questions, particularly academic questions, can be answered by her. If you haven’t called or stopped by to talk to Leah, you’re missing out on one of the treasures of Trumbull!

Again, I draw your attention to the notes below about Early Registration for Spring 2022. Please see important dates and a note I included about Advising. Schedule a meeting with your College/Dept Adviser or DUS if you haven’t already! In addition to appointments, I will have two blocks of open (no appt required) Zoom hours this week: Tuesday 1-3pm and Friday 10am-noon. You can always find my open Zoom hours at the top of my Calendly page.
Regarding next week, I know that some people see breaks as opportunities to study and catch up on work – this is great, but keep in mind that it is very productive to take some time to rest and relax, especially before the final stretch of the term. Take care and have a wonderful week!!

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”.

Please note: I will not have office hours during November Recess.


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 19 November recess begins after last class.

November 29 Classes resume; 8:20am


Advising: All students are expected to meet with their college adviser or DUS before the close of early registration (December 15th), and I recommend that you do so before the November recess, if possible. I’ve made this suggestion to Trumbull College Advisers (for TC’25 and some of TC’24). In looking randomly at the availability of some DUSes, it looks like many will have additional availability during Reading Period (above their normal availability) and many have availability over the next two weeks. I have been concerned that many students submitted course schedules this term without meeting with an adviser! These conversations are important and help shape your Yale experience in formative ways. Know that I am also here for consultation (see above).

November 18, 9:00 a.m. The Early Registration period begins, and registration worksheets open in Yale Course Search (YCS). At this time, you may begin to build your schedule and reserve a space in desired courses and discussion section meeting times. Note that for limited-enrollment courses instructor permission is often required (see below).

December 1, 5:00 p.m. Deadline to request instructor permission in YCS. Information about how to do so may be found here. Yale College has asked instructors to make this process simple and to base admission decisions, as much as possible, on the student’s major, class year, and relevant previous experience.

December 15, 5:00 p.m. Early Registration period ends, and the registration worksheets in YCS are closed until the Add/Drop period begins on January 12.

Writing Center/Tutors/Partners:;
Sc/QR Tutoring:
Language Tutoring:
Advising Resources;

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.

Many of our workshops are now in-person! Register via YaleConnect for location and to access Zoom links:

ADHD Monthly Support Groups (online discussion)
Monday, Nov. 15, 1:15-2:15 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 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.

Strategic Planning for Your Senior Project (in-person workshop)
Monday, Nov. 15, 4-5 pm
Learn how to plan your writing and research, and how to access support resources for your senior thesis. For full-year and 1-semester senior thesis writers.

Get the Most Out of Your Reading (online workshop)
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7-8 pm
Learn general strategies for effectively reading texts for any Yale class. Learn how to preview a text, effectively interact with the text while reading, and review your reading for class, essays, and exams.

Imagining Your Summer (w/CIPE) (online workshop)
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 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 (online workshop)
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 9-10 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.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations (in-person workshop)
Thursday, Nov. 18, 4-5 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


Oxford University Study Abroad Information Session
Thursday, November 18, 10am - 11am Eastern Time
Register here

• Visit the Study Abroad COVID Updates page for the latest information and resources relating to Yale Study Abroad.
• Learn more about a Year or Term or Summer Abroad by viewing recent recordings of our online info sessions.
• 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 #6
Wednesday, November 17, 4pm - 5pm
Register here

Fellowship Proposal Writing Workshop
Thursday, November 18, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Webinar Link

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, November 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Register here

Using the Library Remotely
Thursday, November 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Register here


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. The final Light Info Session takes place on December 17.
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
February 3, 1:00pm ET - Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors & Seniors
February 3, 1:00pm ET - Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
February 4, 1:00pm ET - Henry/Mellon/Kings Fellowships Common Application Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors

Meet with an Adviser:
o Quick Question Appointments (for general questions; 15 minutes in length)
o Adviser Appointments (30 minutes in length; available year-round)

• Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Information Session, Monday, November 15, 2021, 10am - 11am, Virtual
• Conversation with New Hampshire State Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka, Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 5pm - 6pm

• Forté Foundation: MBA Explore Webinar , November 18
• Insight Partners Information Session, December 2

Upcoming Common Good & Creative Careers Events! Sign up now as spots will go quickly (first come first serve only)
• CGCC Coffee Chat with Abigail Cipparone YC ’19, current Legal Assistant for Congressman Kweisi Mfume, Sunday, November 14, 3:30pm–5:20pm (Group chats)
• 1stGenYale Career Networking Mixer, November 18
• CGCC Coffee Chat with Anne McPherson YC ’06, Social Impact Communications Expert (Group Sign-Ups), November 29, 6:30pm-8:00pm
• Craft & Career OCS Podcast Series

Health Professions, Grad School & STEM

• Women of Innovation Spotlight – Why Jumping Off (Or Getting Pushed Off) the Train is Good For You: Taking Risks to Build a Successful Career, November 16
• National Patient Advocate Foundation: Promoting Health Equity and Better Outcomes by Addressing Social Needs, November 17
• STEM Career Symposium – What Can You Be With a PhD?, November 20
• UPENN ASDA Pre-Dental Virtual Mock Interviews, November 20
• Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Sports Medicine, November 20

• Yale Paul Block Summer Journalism Funded Internships – 1st deadline November 15
• Television Academy 2022 Internship Program (Spring & Summer)

• Reimbursement for Travel and Other Career related Engagements for Yale Seniors
• Art World Learning (AWL)
• Yale Arts Apprenticeship Program

Health Professions, Grad School & STEM

• Applying to a health professions program (medical, dental, veterinary, allied health) in 2022 for entrance in 2023? Learn about the Health Professions Applicant Preparation Process.
• New England Science Symposium in April 2022: Call for Abstracts (due January 14, 2022)
• Mayo Clinic Summer 2022 Undergraduate Program in Biomedical Ethics Research
• Summer 2022 Homeland Security Professional Opportunities for Students to Experience Research
• Nemours Summer 2022 Undergraduate Research Program, Nemours Children’s Hospital (DE)
• University of Michigan Summer 2022 SMART Undergrad Summer Program

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
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!