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School Notes: Yale College
March/April 2015

Strengthening campus cultural centers

Last November, Yale provost Benjamin Polak, at the request of Yale College dean Jonathan Holloway, Graduate School dean Lynn Cooley, and secretary and vice president for student life Kimberly Goff-Crews, invited a consultation team of peers from other universities to identify the best ways to shape the work of four campus cultural organizations—the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Asian American Cultural Center, the Latino Cultural Center, and the Native American Cultural Center—and strengthen support for the centers’ current and future students. 

After meeting with or hearing from students, faculty, administrators, staff, and many alumni, the consultation team summarized its findings and recommendations and submitted them to the deans and the secretary. They in turn have made those findings and recommendations available to the community, along with questions they have already received. (See secretary.yale.edu/cultural-center-consultation).

Although many alumni have already provided thoughts and suggestions, the deans and the secretary wrote in February to alumni with ties to the centers in the hope of having the benefit of their continued engagement, now that the consultation team’s findings and recommendations have become publicly available. They encourage alumni to send their comments and suggestions through the secretary’s website.

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