Dean’s Notes 4-5-2021

April 8, 2021


My apologies for the delay in sending today’s Dean’s Notes. I hope that you’ve taken a moment to enjoy the beautiful weather today (It’s lovely in New Haven and I hope it’s lovely where you are if you’re enrolled remotely).

We are officially in the second half of the term. There are two seasonal items that happen in April – one is old (Housing) and one is new (Early Registration). My plan is to help Trumbullians get through these two processes smoothly. Know that I am here each step of the way.

Course Registration for Fall 2021
I plan to send more info about Early Registration in the coming days. This site should be your guide: For now, please note that tomorrow, April 6th, the process of expressing interest in limited enrollment courses begins. You will have a couple of weeks to work on this. Keep in mind that instructors (myself included!) are still getting their Canvas pages/syllabi up and running and although some processes might be centralized by departments, many instructors will be managing their enrollments on their own.

Housing Information
Housing intent is due tonight! If you have not yet declared your intent, the StarRez system set up some defaults this morning, where most students were shifted to off-campus. Students who are in their first or second term will automatically be shifted back to on-campus. If you think there is an error with your intent and you cannot make the change in the online system, please email Leah and include your intent preference before midnight tonight. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Once intent is settled, we will know where things stand (a little better) for housing. For now, please note that the Housing Lotteries and Draws are set for next week: April 14-16. Detailed timeline and housing availability will be sent out later this week.
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 for each week are also listed on my Calendly page – this week: Friday, April 9th from 9:00-10:00am and from 3:00-4:00pm. 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.


April 6 Preference Selection opens.
Departmental applications open for Fall 2021 limited enrollment courses
April 8 Break Day.
April 14 Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the second-half of the spring term without the course appearing on your transcript.

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 become a Disability Peer Mentor!
This program aims to pair students of Yale College and all graduate and professional schools with peers of similar backgrounds to create a community of support and mentorship for people with disabilities at Yale. This is an initiative of Disability Empowerment for Yale (DEFY) in collaboration with the Poorvu Center’s undergraduate Acaemic Strategies Program and with DivineAbilities, the Graduate School Disability Alliance, and ThinkDifferent. Time commitment varies by time of year, averaging 2 hours per week, capped at 4 hours per week. Compensation for undergraduates is $18.50/hr. Within the program, we are also seeking two specialized undergraduate Tech Mentors, who will receive additional training through Academic Strategies to assist students in navigating accessible technologies, and who will work a projected additional 2-4 (paid) hours per week. The Tech Mentor program is intended to serve primarily students with sensory disabilities and neurodivergence, so prospective mentors who hold these identities and have experience with the technologies at hand will be prioritized. The application is available at and will be due April 9th at 11:59 PM. If you’re interested in requesting a mentor for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school, visit
Please contact current and incoming program coordinators Paige Lawrence or Josie Steuer Ingall with any questions.

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!

Exam Study Strategies
Monday, April 5 @ 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.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, April 5 @ 7 pm ET
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Time Management
Tuesday, April 6 @ 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.

Public Speaking for Undergraduates
Wednesday, April 7 @ 4 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.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Wednesday, April 7 @ 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


Designing Your Career @ Yale: Growing Your Network
Studies report that up to 80% of jobs are found through referrals. As a result, learning how to network and build a strong base of professional connections is essential to a successful career search. Want to learn how to gather information about careers and uncover opportunities that are not advertised?
During Designing Your Career @ Yale: Growing Your Network, you’ll engage with a community of your peers to:
Explore design thinking principles and how they can be used for life and career decision making,
Begin the process of recognizing myth versus reality in networking techniques, and
Walk away with real referrals from your peers
April 14, 2021. 12-2pm ET. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Apply in Yale Career Link by Thursday, April 8, 11:59pm

Summer Experience Award (formerly known as the Domestic Summer Award)
Enhancements have been made to the former DSA. Review the changes on the Office of Career Strategy website and check out the Frequently Asked Questions. The application for the Summer Experience Award (SEA) is in Yale Career Link and the deadline to apply is May 1, 2021. Important updates include:
Eligible students may use the SEA for their choice of an internship, research experience or arts apprenticeship in the U.S. or abroad.
If the experience is in the U.S., the award will be $4,000. If the experience is outside the U.S., the award will be $6,000.
The SEA is the former DSA, therefore students who have previously used their DSA are not eligible.
Inquiries can be sent to

Office Closure: The Office of Career Strategy will be closed Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday and will reopen Monday, April 5.
Promote Yourself to Employers through Yale Career Link

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.

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 Fall 2021 or Full Year 2021-2022 Abroad Webinar for the latest policies and planning considerations.
Schedule a virtual appointment with a study abroad adviser

EVENTS (All event times are listed in Eastern Time)
Fulbright Info Session (1 of 5)
Friday, April 9, 3:30 - 4:30 ET
Zoom Link

Find future events on the Fellowships and Funding Calendar

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, 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
May 28, midnight GMT - Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Graduates who are citizens of Canada, India, Japan, USA, Pakistan, or China
June 1, 1:00pm ET – Women in Government: Advanced Policy Internship 2021 Campus Deadline / Eligible: Sophomores and Juniors who previously received a WIG Fellowship
June 11, 1:00pm ET - Global Rhodes Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: International Seniors & Recent Graduates who are not citizens of existing Rhodes Regions

Search for Yale funding and information for external awards requiring application through Yale on the Yale Student Grants Database (SGDB).

Review funding options that are outside Yale on an External Fellowship Database.
Read the Fellowships and Funding Summer 2021 FAQ for guidance about summer projects.
Schedule a virtual appointment with a Fellowship Adviser directly from our website.

Applications are open for the 2021 Yale x Flatiron School Web Development Bootcamp (CPSC S115). This 10-week intensive course offers two credits with a QR distributional requirement. Students receive hands-on, project-based learning experiences in Ruby, JavaScript, and more.

Read our Student Ambassadors’ testimonials about the program. We will be offering an info session on Tuesday, April 13 from 12pm-1pm. Apply to the program by April 21!


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