The Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, or “The House,” is a space dedicated to sharing in the culture of the African diaspora community through programs, events, and activities. In celebration of the African diaspora and African-American culture, the House serves as home to resident student and community groups related to the House’s mission and serves as a space where students can experience a “shared sense of family and belonging.” Visit The House at 211 Park Street, Monday to Friday, 4:00 to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, 9:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Established in 1981, the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) promotes Asian and Asian American culture and explores the social and political experience of Asians in the United States. The Center’s mission also includes fostering support for Asian American Studies and the creation of academic and intellectual programming that invite students and broader constituents to engage with the field and support emerging scholarship. Home to 52 student organizations, the AACC also hosts programs and activities that bring together undergraduate and graduate/professional students, alumni, faculty and staff to share in these common goals. Equipped with a kitchen, TV room, Karaoke equipment, seminar style room, study lounge and other meeting rooms, the cultural center is an accessible, welcoming space for all. Seen as a second home for students, the AACC is committed to providing a space for Asian and Asian Americans to feel a shared sense of belonging, celebrate their cultural heritage and traditions, build pan-Asian unity, and create an atmosphere that nurtures the personal, intellectual, and leadership development of its students. Visit the AACC at 295 Crown Street (between High and York Streets) from Monday through Thursday, 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.
La Casa, the Latino Cultural Center at Yale, provides an inviting space for Latinos/as at Yale to share their traditions and heritage with one another and with the Yale and New Haven community. Along with its resident organizations, La Casa “provides opportunities that foster a sense of belonging and pride while also supporting the intellectual, personal, leadership, and social development” of students. Visit La Casa at 301 Crown Street, Sunday through Thursday, 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.
The Native American Cultural Center (NACC) provides a “permanent and prominent Native American presence at Yale that incorporates and supports the success of future Native leaders through recruitment, encouragement, mentoring, service, and the fostering of a community for Native American achievement, research and solidarity.” NACC and its student groups produce events and activities specific to the needs and interests of Native American students and those interested in the Native American cultural experience. All undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are invited to visit the NACC at 26 High Street, Sunday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The McDougal Graduate Student Center is located in the Hall of Graduate Studies and includes offices and services that enhance the life of graduate students at Yale. Consisting of the McDougal Common Room, the Blue Dog Café, meeting rooms, offices for the Graduate Student Assembly, the McDougal staff and fellows, and other graduate services, the McDougal Center provides academic and social resources and opportunities for graduate students and their families. Learn more about the work of the McDougal Center and its spaces at the website below, or visit the center at 135 Prospect Street.
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides assistance for the 4,700 international students, scholars, and family members studying at Yale. OISS offers services related to immigration matters and offers a variety of programs and services to help international students and their families become acclimated to living in the United States and at Yale. The International Center, home to OISS, offers space for students and scholars and their organizations to study, meet, and socialize. A variety of programs, including a local host program, a social group for international spouses and partners, and an English language support group help international students navigate their academic and personal lives at Yale and in New Haven.
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Resources helps students, faculty, and staff “connect to others in the community and learn about Yale’s LGBTQ social, cultural, and academic programs and events.” Visit their office, call, or e-mail for more information: 135 Prospect Street, firstname.lastname@example.org; (203) 432-0309.
The Office for Postdoctoral Affairs provides information and resources to all Postdoctoral Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows at Yale. Working alongside departments and schools, the office supports postdocs’ career development, guides them to available resources (including family life services), and organizes social activities.
Even if the museums, art galleries, and libraries are closed, here are some online resources that you can enjoy comfortably at home! :)
Art Galleries & Museums
NXTHVN’s Countermythologies: https://www.nxthvn.com/calendar/countermythologies/
Kehler Liddell Gallery’s Journeying: http://www.kehlerliddellgallery.com/i-tour
New Haven Museum online collection https://www.newhavenmuseum.org/museum-collections/collections-database/
New Haven Free Public Library: https://nhfpl.org/collections/research-databases-2/
The Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/home
Nightly Met Opera Streams: https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/
We will keep on expanding this list!