Current Projects

University Services

Menstrual Hygiene Product Program Expansion

This project aims to to advocate for and assist with the implementation and rollout of an expanded Menstrual Hygiene Product Program. This project aims to follow up on the Menstrual Hygiene Product pilot program that was implemented during YCC 17-18. Senators on this project will have the opportunity to further analyze usage and satisfaction data from the pilot program and work with the Administration in order to secure long-term funding for an expanded, all-College program, with a special focus on YCC branding.

 

Dining Halls as Study Spaces

This project aims to to advocate for and assist with the implementation and rollout of an expanded program of using Dining Halls as study spaces. This project aims to follow up on the project on the Dining Halls as study spaces from YCC 17-18. Senators on this project will have the opportunity to further analyze usage and satisfaction data from the pilot program and work with the Residential Colleges (specifically, Heads of Colleges) and Yale Dining in order to further expand the pilot program to an all-College program and to establish best practices and agreements between students and Yale Dining to ensure the longevity of the programs.

 

Standardized Dean’s Excuses for Mental Health Emergencies

This project aims to advocate for and ensure the implementation of a more concrete, standardized policy for dean’s excuses due to mental health emergencies. As of now, there is no such policy and the decision as to whether to give a dean’s excuse is left at the discretion of each individual dean. This system puts students in certain residential colleges in vulnerable positions and increases stress for students in already difficult situations. Senators on this project will have the opportunity to analyze the flaws of the current system and propose a revised, new policy which better protects all students. They will work not only with students across residential colleges, those with experience with this system, and relevant student groups, but also with Residential College Deans and Yale Health.

 

Investigate Mental Health and Counseling Resources

This project aims to develop a report on and advocate for changes to current Mental Health and Counseling resources. Specifically, this report aims to investigate the quantity of MHC resources, support groups, and online intake appointments. As the percentage of undergraduates who utilize MHC services continues to rise, the YCC needs to ensure that MHC’s resources meet student demand and that counseling is available in a timely and easily-accessible fashion. Additionally, Mental Health & Counseling already offers a number of group therapy options that students can join. In order to become a part of one of these groups, students need to be seen by a clinician at an intake appointment. However, long wait times can delay this initial appointment, leaving students without support for extended periods of time. Senators on this project will advocate for the creation of support groups that students can join before being seen by clinicians that are easier to join and maintain the same levels of confidentiality and professional help that MH&C already provides, in order to both shorten wait times and to put students in contact with others who are facing similar issues. Senators on this project will also investigate the efficacy of the current pilot program to offer online intake appointments through non-Yale contracted agencies, and advocate for the expansion of this program as necessary.

 

Plan B Vending Machines

This project aims to develop a report on, advocate for, and assist with the implementation of Plan B Vending Machines at Yale. Recently, similar projects at Universities across the country have garnered national press - Stanford and Brown both successfully brought multiple Plan B Vending Machines to their campuses. This project aims to advocate for the free or subsidized provision of Plan B (and other contraceptive options) in vending machine(s) centrally located on-campus. Senators on this project will have the opportunity to investigate funding sources and to advocate for the establishment of these machines with the Yale Administration and student organizations (like RALY) as well as to work with national advocacy partners who have already reached out to the YCC regarding Plan B Vending Machines.


Student Life

Free or Subsidized Student Services

This project aims to develop a report on, advocate for, and assist with the implementation of any necessary changes to student services, specifically printing and laundry services at Yale. This project aims to advocate for free or subsidized printing and laundry services for all students or students on financial aid. Senators on this project will work with Yale Printing Services and Associated Student Agencies to investigate internal budgets and opportunities for external funding (including national partnerships and initiatives) that will decrease the cost of these frequently-employed services for all, or select, students.

 

Expansion of Sexual Assault Training and Reporting Resources

This project aims to expand on work from last semester’s Sexual Climate Policy Group to enact changes based on previous findings, further research, and feedback. Sexual climate is both a prevalent discussion and prevalent issue across campus. The current university-wide sexual assault training only occurs at the beginning of students’ first years and sophomore years, and this project will include advocating for and creating an improved system with a longer-lasting impact. Senators on this project will assess the strength of current reporting resources and propose improvements, especially the possibility of a 24-hour platform to contact SHARE, as well as more centralized and accessible access to reporting resources on the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct and SHARE websites.

 

Investigation of Leave of Absence and Reinstatement Procedures

This project aims to develop a report on, advocate for, and assist with the implementation of necessary changes to leave of absence and reinstatement procedures. Lack of information about leave of absence and reinstatement as well as concerns about forced withdrawal can sometimes prevent students from seeking help for mental health-related issues. This project aim to make the process more transparent and bridge the information gap that currently exists between Yale Health, the Yale Administration, and individual students by working with administrators to provide students with verbal and written information on what to expect during reinstatement procedures. This project aims to help ease student concerns and encourage open campus conversations around mental health. In addition to researching the aforementioned topics, Senators on this project will also look into and ensure that students on leave from the university continue to receive institutionalized support, including during the process of applying for reinstatement. Reinstatement procedures themselves should be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on each student’s situation. Senators on this project will work with existing student groups as well as administrators to humanize and provide student testimony around leave of absence experiences in order to improve such experiences in the future.

 

Meals with Professors Program

This project aims to follow up on the advocacy and implementation of a comprehensive Meals with Professors report that was researched and advocated for during YCC 17-18. This project will look into the feasibility of providing all students with the opportunity to schedule a meal, either on- or off-campus, with their professor on a semesterly basis. This project will especially consider the on-campus meal option, and look into programs already in place that fill this need, such as Davenport’s “Take Your Professor To Dinner” program that occurs on a semesterly basis. If the on-campus meal option is pursued, this project will involve rigorous advocacy and assistance with implementation at the Residential College level, specifically with Heads of College, who have jurisdiction over Residential College internal programming and program funding.

 

Facilities Demands

This project aims to assist with the implementation of any necessary changes to student facility demands, specifically surrounding quarter machines in laundry rooms, coffee machines in butteries, laundry bins, and more accessible trash bins. Senators on this project will have the opportunity to heavily collaborate with Yale College students to better determine their demands, and to work with the YCC external and internal budget in fulfilling these facilities demands and needs. It is important to note that this project presents a unique opportunity for the YCC to make a small but visible impact on student life, as it did when it provided laundry bins (stamped with the name “YCC”) in each Residential College and Old Campus laundry room several years ago under YCC President Brandon Levin. The preliminary budget for this project is $1,500.


Academics

Pre-law Resources

This project aims to follow up on the implementation of the pre-law resources project that was researched and advocated for during YCC 17-18. This project stemmed from a comparative lack of pre-law resources on campus, both in relation to other pre-professional paths at Yale as well as in relation to pre-law resources at other Ivy+ institutions. Recommendations from the project that were approved by Office of Career Strategy administrators include the creation of a fund to go towards LSAT preparation materials, the authoring of a pre-law handbook, the convening of a pre-law conference hosted by Yale Law School, and better undergraduate mentorship and/or externship programs with attorneys in the field of law. This project would involve the implementation of all of these recommendations, which is ready to begin in the Fall. Full information on project research and Administrator meetings is available. 

 

Departmental Undergraduate Advisory Committees or Department Ambassador Program

This project aims to develop a report on, advocate for, and assist with the implementation of departmental undergraduate advisory committees or departmental ambassador programs. This project aims to work with individual DUSes to aid in the creation of Departmental Undergraduate Advisory Committees similar to that of the Department of Political Science. The students on these Committees should be upperclassmen nominated by the DUS to advise any undergraduate majors or prospective majors as well as the DUS on matters of major requirements, structure, and curriculum.

 

Native American Languages

Representative: Katherine Hu (ES 2021)

This project aims to develop a short report on and advocate heavily to provide official language distributional requirement credit for the completion or placement out of Native American languages offered as official languages at Yale. This project will heavily involve collaboration with Cultural Centers (specifically the Native American Cultural Center) in advocacy work and the mobilization of the student body in support of this initiative. More information here and here

 

First-Year OCS Resources

This project aims to follow-up on the implementation of the First-Year OCS resources project that was researched and advocated for during YCC 17-18. Recommendations from the project that were approved by Office of Career Strategy administrators include the YCC-OCS sponsorship of several targeted First-Year career workshops. These workshops would be hosted at times and in locations convenient for First-Years. These workshops would serve as both a preliminary introduction to OCS’s resources as well as informative sessions covering a variety of career-related topics of most interest to First-Years. This project would involve the planning, coordination, and implementation of these workshops, which are ready to begin in the mid- to late- Fall and early in the Spring semester. Full information on project research and administrator meetings is available. 

 

Sophomore Seminars

This project aims to advocate for and to assist in the implementation of sophomore seminars for the Spring 2019 semester. Several years ago, a report was authored and successfully advocated for with the Administration. Several departments committed to piloting sophomore seminars in Fall of 2018, but none actually followed through. Although the sophomore seminar program enjoyed widespread student, administrator, and faculty support, the program was not actually implemented: it fell through the cracks. This project aims to pair strong advocacy with implementation: to work with DUSes who voiced support for the program, the Registrar’s Office, and the Dean of Undergraduate Education to ensure that departments commit to sophomore seminars, that these seminars are listed in the YCPS, and that they are successfully piloted during the Spring 2019 semester.

 

STEM Mentorship

Many Yalies don’t take advantage of the resources that the Office of Career Strategy provides. Many students have never even set foot in the office, and more students still hold on to the misconception that OCS is only a resource for graduating seniors looking for a job. This project aims to investigate and expand OCS programming geared towards first-years, who are often the least-likely to be aware of and take advantage of OCS resources. This project aims to improve resources available and utilized by first-years so that they can better prepare for pre-professional experiences, such as summer internships. The aim of this project, overall, is to investigate and develop career resources for first-year Yalies in partnership with the Office of Career Services.

 

Investigation of First-Year experience with the Office of Career Services

Representative: Qusay Omran (BK 2021)

Many Yalies don’t take advantage of the resources that the Office of Career Strategy provides. Many students have never even set foot in the office, and more students still hold on to the misconception that OCS is only a resource for graduating seniors looking for a job. This project aims to investigate and expand OCS programming geared towards first-years, who are often the least-likely to be aware of and take advantage of OCS resources. This project aims to improve resources available and utilized by first-years so that they can better prepare for pre-professional experiences, such as summer internships. The aim of this project, overall, is to investigate and develop career resources for first-year Yalies in partnership with the Office of Career Services.

 

Investigation of First-Year experience with the Office of Career Services

Many Yalies don’t take advantage of the resources that the Office of Career Strategy provides. Many students have never even set foot in the office, and more students still hold on to the misconception that OCS is only a resource for graduating seniors looking for a job. This project aims to investigate and expand OCS programming geared towards first-years, who are often the least-likely to be aware of and take advantage of OCS resources. This project aims to improve resources available and utilized by first-years so that they can better prepare for pre-professional experiences, such as summer internships. The aim of this project, overall, is to investigate and develop career resources for first-year Yalies in partnership with the Office of Career Services.