Dean’s Notes 3-22-2021

March 22, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: March 22, 2021

Spring is here and my hope is that you’re enjoying more time outside these days. Another break day comes on Wednesday! I plan to take it off, and I hope you will carve out time for yourselves that day.

Sahej turned two last Friday! Thanks to Debbie Rueb and our amazing dining hall team, many of us enjoyed delicious cake that day! We celebrated throughout the weekend (I’ve included a little montage at the end of this newsletter, so you have to scroll to the end ;)).

We’re approaching midterm (March 30th). In addition to my usual office hours that can be booked through Calendly, I’ll have additional open office hours over the coming week. They’re always included on the home page of my Calendly page, and any adjustments or additional hours can be found there as well. Please know that I’m here for you if you want to talk through pretty much anything. Wishing you all the best with your week.

You can start declaring your intent to live on campus next year.

1. Navigate to the StarRez housing portal –
2. Access the housing intent page of the portal by clicking the Fall 2021 Room Draw tab in the top navigation bar.
3. Click the blue “Begin Room Draw” button to begin your housing intention.

The intent page is open until Monday, March 29th at 11:59pm ET. Until then, you can log in and change your intent. Housing availability and configurations are based on intent numbers, so more information will come after intent closes. Please refer to the e-mail that went out centrally on Friday afternoon from Deans Boyd and Lafargue for general information. Thank you!

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 listed on my Calendly page later today – likely Thursday afternoon & Friday morning. 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 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 Application deadline extended to Wednesday, March 24 @ 11:59 pm.

YPEI/Academic Strategies Mentors Needed
Academic Strategies is also seeking 2 students to work as mentors with students enrolled in the Yale Prison Education Initiative (YPEI). We are seeking students interested in working with a dedicated and ambitious group of excellent students in a carceral setting. We encourage applications from students with interests in higher education access and criminal justice reform. YPEI/ASP Mentors work 6-8 hours per week; pay is $18.50/hour. To be eligible, you must have completed 4 semesters at Yale by the start of the Fall 2021 term (2 semesters for Eli Whitney and transfer students). For more information, see our full job description at YPEI/ASP Job Announcement.
Apply via this link: YPEI/ASP Mentor Application
Application deadline extended to Wednesday, March 24 @ 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.

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!

Fresh Start: Midterm Edition
Monday, March 22 @ 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.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, March 22 @ 7 pm ET
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Time Management
Tuesday, March 23 @ 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.

Pathways for Sophomores
Tuesday, March 23 @ 9 pm ET
Sophomore year offers new challenges, including increased course loads, upper-level classes, and identifying a major. This interactive workshop helps students set goals and make long-term plans for the year.

Writing Emails, Presentations, and Reports: Academic and Professional Communication
Thursday, March 25 @ 4 pm ET
Learn strategies for writing for professional and formal academic audiences.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Thursday, March 25 @ 7 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!



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.

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

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

Info Session for UK Fellowships - Rhodes and Beyond: postgrad study in UK/Ireland (4 of 6)
Wednesday, March 31, 12:30pm – 1:30pm ET
Zoom Link

Find future events on the Fellowships and Funding Calendar

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
April 5, 11:30pm ET - Tetelman Fellowship Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
April 16 - Millennium Fellowship 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.
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

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

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.

Alec Ellison ’84 and Tamar Sadeh ’85 Israel Travel Fund
Apply in the Student Grants Database by March 31, 2021 (11:59pm)

Class of 2020 Class List & Summer 2020 Peer List Now Available: Search and contact thousands of recent Yale graduates and current Yale students who have volunteered to discuss their post-graduate roles and summer employment experiences! Prior Class Lists and Summer Peer Lists are also available. Search by major, employer name, city, state, country, and more.

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.
Watch the Planning for Summer 2021 Study Abroad and/or Planning for Fall 2021 or Full Year 2021-2022 Abroad Webinars for the latest policies and planning considerations.
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.


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.

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