Dean’s Notes 3-15-2021

March 15, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: March 15, 2021

I cannot stress enough how important it is to carve out time for yourself to rest/recharge. Sahej is off from daycare this week – yet another reminder that we should also be on break (!). Another break day comes next week and I hope you’ll savor it. I am glad I took off last week’s break day and plan to take the others off, too.

I hope you’ll also find blocks of time throughout your week/weekend to recharge (even short breaks are helpful!). Yes, it’s midterm season and it seems like there is no time to rest, but you’ll be more productive with each hour you have if you take occasional breaks. Trust me (and realize I’m here to talk – Calendly below).

The weather was awesome last week and it was nice to see so many students out and about. Although this week looks cooler, the trees are budding and snowdrops and crocuses are poking out of the soil around campus. Spring is in the air and the days are now longer! (Although I really missed that hour of sleep yesterday ;)) Have a great week!

It was so nice “seeing” so many of you at the housing info sessions last week. As I said, we’re just getting started with housing, with much of the activity coming in April. Detailed e-mails will follow as we progress through housing season. This week, housing “intent” will open – more info to come.

Meeting with me
To make an appointment, please use the Calendly scheduling tool,, or reach out to Leah with any scheduling issues (particularly if you’re in a different time zone!). All of my meetings (including open office hours) will be through my Zoom page:

My OPEN office hours this week will be on Friday morning from 9-11am. When you click on the Zoom link, you will be placed into a waiting room. I will speak to students in the order they “arrive”.

Leah’s OPEN Zoom/Office hours
Mondays: 9:30-10:30 AM EST (
Tuesdays: 1:30-2:30 PM EST (
Wednesdays: 9:30-10:30 AM EST (

Thursdays and Fridays, you can call the TC Dean’s Office until 2pm at 203-432-0722. If you call outside of these times, please leave a voicemail.


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.


March 19 Last day of first-half term courses.
Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first-half of the spring term.
Last day to convert from a letter grade to the Credit/D/Fail option in a course offered in the first-half of the spring term.
March 22 Classes begin for courses offered in the second half of the spring term.
March 24 Classes do not meet.
March 29 Deadline to request to enroll in a professional school course that meets in the second half of the term.

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

Trumbull Writing Tutor: Adam Sexton is the Trumbull College Writing Tutor. Adam teaches three courses in the English department (“Reading and Writing the Modern Essay,” "Writing About Music," and “Reading Fiction for Craft”) and is a Critic in the graduate School of Art. Adam is also a writer; his next book, "Difficult Listening," is due to be published in 2021.

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!

Drop-In: Residential College Math/Science Tutors
Advising Resources;

Academic Strategies Program

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 provide you with the tools that can propel you towards your goals.

Apply to serve as an Academic Strategies Mentor!
We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Mentors lead workshops, offer 1-1 meetings, and facilitate peer mentorship groups. Eligible students must have completed 4 semesters at Yale (2 semesters for Eli Whitney and transfer students) by the beginning of the Fall 2021 term. For more information and a link to our application, visit Applications due by Monday, March 22 @ 11:59 pm.

Individual Consultations: Online sign-up now available!
Our Academic Strategies Mentors will help you develop a weekly study routine, offer strategies for approaching complicated readings and p-sets, and planning for the semester. Find a mentor by registering and signing up at Academic Strategies Spring 2021 Mentor Schedule. Consultations also can be arranged by emailing us directly at

Meet with our Learning Specialist
Do you have a learning difference or other condition that affects how you approach your learning? Are you wondering if your academic challenges might be connected to an undiagnosed learning difference? Meet with our Learning Specialist, Sarah Cussler (, to discuss strategies for adapting to the challenges of learning online and the different demands of college-level academic work. Learn more about the resources available on our Learning Challenges at Yale page on our Academic Strategies website.

Join our ADHD Discussion Group
This spring Academic Strategies is hosting a monthly discussion group for undergraduate students with ADHD. Share strategies and support with peers who understand your experience. To sign up, fill out this form: ADHD Discussion Group. You can also contact to sign up via email.

Looking for additional support for students with disabilities? Check out Disability Empowerment for Yale’s Disability @ Yale Survival Guide and consider signing up for their peer mentoring program.

Our workshop sessions will all be online this academic year. Register via YaleConnect to access Zoom links—you can register up to the start of the workshop if you want to come last minute!

Exam Study Strategies
Monday, March 15 @ 4 pm ET
Reduce exam stress by learning new strategies for preparing and studying for midterms and finals. This workshop offers suggestions for preparing for and taking problem-based, short answer, and essay exams.

Getting the Most Out of Mentorship
Monday, March 15 @ 7 pm ET
Join Yale undergraduates for a conversation on how to make the most of any mentorship opportunity, including peer, graduate student, faculty, and alumni mentorship.

Time Management
Tuesday, March 16 @ 7 pm ET
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.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Tuesday, March 16 @ 9 pm ET
Feeling overwhelmed by piles of reading? Learn some essential strategies to make the most of your limited reading time. Have less stress and create more free time!

Reading Analytically for Social Science
Wednesday, March 17 @ 4 pm ET
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.

Public Speaking for Undergraduates
Wednesday, March 18 @ 7 pm ET
Professors are increasingly asking students to engage in public speaking, from leading class discussion to more formal presentations. This workshop suggests preparation and performance strategies to help you do your best.

Fresh Start: Midterm Edition
Thursday, March 19 @ 4 pm ET
Want to refresh your approaches to your academic work? Our mentors will lead you through a series of activities to help you identify your current strengths and develop new strategies for meeting the new challenges presented by your current semester’s courses.



Sponsored outbound international travel from the United States, including study abroad and fellowships, is suspended for Yale College students for the duration of the spring 2021 term. This decision is final and will not change even if circumstances should change in the destination country. Please see the Yale Travel Policy in regards to Summer 2021 travel.
Y-VISP is hiring Peer Liaisons for 2021-22! See job listing 25768 in Student Employment and see the Y-VISP website for more details.


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.
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Earn credit in over 200 courses from Yale Summer Session in 2021. Apply by May 14 for Session A courses and June 18 for Session B courses. Financial assistance is available to qualifying students.



2021 Virtual Common Good & Creative Careers Networking Event
Friday, March 19, 2:00pm-4:00pm
More info


Customize Your New OCS Weekly Newsletter: Customize your OCS newsletter by choosing among our career communities and affinity/identity communities, to receive updates about events, new jobs, and helpful articles/blogs. OCS strongly recommends that everyone take just 2 minutes to update your preferences to ensure you receive the most relevant content. Visit the OCS site for more information, and sign up today!
Office of Career Strategy: Spring 2021 FAQs: In Spring 2021, the Office of Career Strategy is open and completely functional, however all staff are working remotely. Review our Spring 2021 FAQs to learn about the many ways to engage with OCS.


Planning for Summer 2021 Study Abroad
Friday, March 19, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
Zoom Link

Find future events on the Study Abroad Calendar

April 1 - Credit for Non-Yale Summer Abroad Application and Petition Application Deadline
April 15 - Credit for Fall Term Abroad Application and Petition Application Deadline
April 15 - Credit for Academic Year Abroad Application and Petition Application Deadline
Please be sure to read Yale Study Abroad’s COVID-19 Updates page for detailed information and guidance on study abroad options.
Schedule a virtual appointment with a study abroad adviser


Starting summer 2021, ISA funding can be used to support approved study abroad programs in a student’s home country, as long as the home country is outside the U.S. and all other eligibility requirements are met.
EVENTS (All event times are listed in Eastern Time)
Info Session for UK Fellowships - Rhodes and Beyond: postgrad study in UK/Ireland (3 of 6)
Monday, March 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm ET
Zoom Link

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, March 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm ET
Register here
Find future events on the Fellowships and Funding Calendar
March 15 - The Michael Manzella Fellowship for Summer, 2021 Application Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
March 17, 1:00pm ET - Alexander P. Hixon Fellowship Campus Deadline| Eligible: International Undergraduates
March 26, 11:30 pm ET - Yale College First-Year Summer Research Fellowship in the Sciences and Engineering Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students
March 30 - Freeman Asia National Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
May 1, 11:59pm ET - The International Study Award (ISA) Deadline*** | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors receiving a Yale scholarship.
To apply for ISA funding, eligible students must first receive Yale approval for a summer study abroad program.
***Please note the following update to the International Study Award (ISA): Starting summer 2021, ISA funding can be used to support approved study abroad programs in a student’s home country, as long as the home country is outside the U.S. and all other eligibility requirements are met.
May 1, 3:00pm ET - MacMillan Center Academic Year Fellowships for Language Study Campus Deadline| Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, & Graduate Students
May 15 - Rotary Peace Fellowship District Deadline| Eligible: Seniors
May 15 - Einstein Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Graduates aged under 35
April 5, 11:30pm ET - Tetelman Fellowship Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors

Check the Yale Student Grants Database (SGDB) for all other deadlines
For guidance about funding your summer projects, review the Fellowships and Funding Summer 2021 FAQ.
Fellowship Advisers continue to be available to discuss your plans. Schedule a virtual appointment directly from our website.


Splash at Yale is an undergraduate organization that invites students in the New Haven community (and this year, all over the world!) to take classes taught by Yale students on anything and everything! What you teach is entirely up to you! Some examples of past classes include: The Great Emu War & The Environment, Politics in Harry Potter, Meaning in Naruto, and Psychology & The Good Life.

This semester's Splash will be happening virtually on Saturday, April 24th. Sign-Up to teach for Spring Splash 2021 HERE! Teacher registration closes on Wednesday, March 17th at 11:59pm! Here is a slide deck we created with more information on teaching. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot us a message at!

The Yale College Dean's Office & The Office of Gender & Campus Culture are hiring two Student Affairs Fellows (SAF)! Interested applicants (this is a post-grad position) should apply online here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

A SAF's core role is to collaboratively lead and manage Communication & Consent Educators (CCEs), Project Coordinators (PCs), & oversee Project Teams. Additionally, they're responsible for planning, preparing, and facilitating hundreds of workshops across campus for undergraduate students & organizations. In this capacity, they'd also have the opportunity to contribute to the office's long-term plans (including significantly shaping the emergent 5 yr. vision) through staff meetings, professional development, and university-wide committee membership.

Yale-China is offering a Yale-China Fellowship award to teach for two years in Hong Kong after graduation. The application deadline is March 15th. More information can be found here:

The Yale University Art Gallery is advertising for various undergraduate and graduate internships. As a university museum, the Gallery’s mission of teaching from original works of art involves all departments, from curatorial and conservation to installations and programming. Get involved through numerous paid and volunteer opportunities.

European Studies Council - Undergraduate Fellows Networks
Two networks are being launched for students interested in working in Latin American & Iberian Studies and on European Studies. These networks are being launched under the auspices of the Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies and the European Studies Council, respectively. These exciting new networks offer students interested in related topics a close-knit and interdisciplinary community, the chance to work with graduate students and prominent scholars in the field, and funding opportunities for research and conferences. Interested undergraduates should complete brief self-descriptions here (for Latin American & Iberian Studies) and here (for European Studies). Students can join both!

Come join faculty members from the French Department for a virtual lunch or early dinner conversation (en français) via 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 to join.
Please contact the hosts via email for Zoom information.
Virtual Tables begin the week of February 8th. For questions, email Ruth Koizim or Bethany Hayes.

Lauren Pinzka
Constance Sherak
Candace Skorupa