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School Notes: Yale College
November/December 2006

Conference addresses equity and access in college admissions

A two-day conference in October brought together students, policymakers, school administrators, and others to discuss issues of access to higher education. "A Seat at the Table: Socioeconomic Diversity and Access to Selective Colleges and Universities" was sponsored by the Roosevelt Institution, an organization founded by Yale and Stanford students and called by them "the nation's first student think tank." President Levin gave the Friday plenary along with William Bowen, former president of Princeton and of the Mellon Foundation. Other panels and sessions featured Tony Marx, president of Amherst College; William Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions at Harvard; Chaka Fattah, U.S. representative from the 2nd district of Pennsylvania; and Jerome Karabel ’72, author of The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

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The Writing Center at Yale continues to grow as a resource for writing assistance on campus. One-on-one tutoring is available in several forms and locations: the Bass writing tutors, most of them experienced professional writers, are located in the residential colleges and provide sustained, long-term help to students; and student Writing Partners are available at the center on a drop-in basis five nights a week. These partners have a "student's-eye view" of the challenges in writing papers and are available to help with smaller problems in short sections of a paper. The center's website (www.yale.edu/writing) spells out requirements, lists faculty, explains the tutoring program, discusses internships and jobs, describes creative writing courses and courses for non-English speakers, offers tips for writers and resources for faculty, and provides a comprehensive list of campus student publications, as well as information about the new Yale Journalism Initiative.

Paying it forward

Two recent Yale College grads are giving back in the same way that they received help. Ruth DeGolia ’03, who said financial aid was important in attracting her to Yale, arrived on campus as an activist committed to social change. She went to Guatemala after her sophomore year, and received a Yale fellowship to do research in Guatemala during the summer of her senior year to work on a thesis about the impact of globalization on political and economic development in that country. Since graduation DeGolia and Benita Singh ’04 have created Mercado Global, a nonprofit fair-trade company that sells traditional Guatemalan handicrafts made by women, with all profits going towards education costs in the Guatemalan communities. DeGolia and Singh were featured in Newsweek magazine this past July in the article, "Fifteen people who make America great: The Giving Back Awards."

School Days for Faculty

A special orientation offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences brought together all new faculty, junior and senior, during their first days at Yale to meet the provosts and deans of the college and graduate school and to share in a general university orientation (complete with a song called "There is Nothing Like a Dean"). Faculty learned about applying for grants, heard presentations on the galleries, museums, and collections, and toured New Haven by bus to become acquainted with the community and its attractions. During lunch at the provost's house each new faculty member was welcomed with a specially chosen book written by another member of the faculty.



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