Interested in getting involved with Yale College Council? You can run for office, join as an associate representative, work with a task force, or apply to a committee or team. If you just want to share an idea or concern or get to know your representative, reach out to us via our Contact Page!
Here are some ways to connect with YCC:
The Yale College Council is a policy advocacy body that seeks to promote the student voice to Yale administrators. It holds elections for its President, Vice President, Events Director, and representatives every spring, though you can join as an associate representative at any time. (See below for more information on associate membership.)
In order to run for President, Vice President, or Events Director, you must attend a mandatory campaign information session and orientation meeting, register for elections online, and complete a 100-student petition. In order to run for Yale College Council representative, you must attend a mandatory campaign information session and register for elections online.
More information on elections will come out to the student body via email. In the meantime, please address election-related questions to YCC Vice President Nick Girard.
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JOIN AS AN ASSOCIATE REPRESENTATIVE
The YCC invites every student to attend and participate in Council meetings, which are held on Sundays at 1pm in Phelps 207. Students who enjoy participating in Council meetings and would like to work on YCC official projects can petition to become an associate representative at any point in the year, up until the third meeting of second semester. Associate representatives are non-voting members of the Council who are held to the same standards of attendance, conduct, and participation as elected representatives.
To become an associate representative, one must
- Petition the Vice President
- Attend two Council meetings
- Pass a one-week internal vetting process conducted by the Executive Board
- Win a two-thirds majority vote of approval from the Council
For more information about becoming an associate representative, please contact Vice President Nick Girard.
Run for class Council
The Freshman Class Council (FCC), Sophomore Class Council (SoCo), and Junior Class Council (JCC) are subsidiary bodies of the YCC that organize class-wide events and address issues specific to their respective classes. The YCC holds elections for SoCo and JCC presidents in the spring and for all class council representatives in the fall. You can also join as an associate member of a class council at any time. In order to run for SoCo or JCC president, you must attend a mandatory campaign information session, orientation meeting, register for elections online, and complete a 100-student petition.
The Senior Class Council (SCC) is a separate organization that is coordinated by the Association of Yale Alumni.
Apply to a task force
The YCC also oversees a number of task forces, each of which will focus on a particular issue.
This semester’s task forces include:
Yale-New Haven: Yale students are simultaneously residents of New Haven during their undergraduate years: living, working, and even voting in the Elm City. Last semester, Yale College Council worked with New Haven residents to build a stronger relationship between their communities. Alongside New Haven organizations such as Collaboratory, the Task Force will continue its research on town-gown relations by:
- Analyzing existing programs and organizations that encourage outreach into the New Haven community
- Examining the accessibility of student jobs and internships in New Haven
- Suggesting new initiatives to change student perceptions of New Haven and its neighborhoods
Student Athletics: Student athletes at Yale balance rigorous training schedules with equally taxing academic demands. The unique challenges that student athletes face have led to calls for improved research into these academic and social issues - integration into college life, difficulties pursuing certain majors, and access to mental health resources - and a better understanding of how different student athletes tackle these problems. This Task Force will:
- Examine the relationship between student athletics and the undergraduate population at large
- Explore the academic resources and accommodations (advising, tutoring, section times) available to student athletes
- Suggest ways to improve the social integration of student athletes into residential college life through changes to facilities and dining policy
- Compare student athletics at Yale with those of its peer universities
Apply to a committee or team
The YCC oversees six committees and teams that help contribute to the work of YCC. Applications for each come out in the fall:
- Business Team: The Business Team is in charge of seeking sponsorships for YCC, partnering with external businesses to secure discounts for Yale students, and pursuing any additional business initiatives at the discretion of the Finance Director. These initiatives may include:
- Internal Financial Auditing & Accounting;
- Corporate Fundraising & Development;
- Local Sponsorship Solicitation;
- Tax Preparation;
- Revenue & Budget Analysis;
- Macro Research & Reporting;
- For more information, please contact the Finance Director, Carson Handley.
- Communications Team: The Communications Team consists of copy writers, graphic designers, photographers, videographers, and video editors. In collaboration with the Programming Team, the Communications Team plays a critical role in YCC’s communications and outreach to the student body. The teams work closely together under the supervision of the Communications Director and jointly produce a wide variety of content, including Yale Speaks, monthly newsletters, and promotional graphics. For more information, please contact the Communications Director, Kat Berman.
- Events Committee: The Events Committee is responsible for planning and executing YCC events throughout the year including, but not limited to: speaker events, Final Cut, Battle of the Bands, and the annual Yale-Harvard game party/tailgate. The committee, led by the Events Director, consists of both elected Council representatives and non-elected associate members who apply to the serve on the committee. Within the Committee, there exist subcommittees that manage the production of large scale events. For more information, please contact the Events Director, Tyler Bleuel.
- Programming Team: The Programming Team consists of web developers and programmers. In collaboration with the Communications Team, the Programming Team plays a critical role in YCC’s communications and outreach to the student body. The teams work closely together under the supervision of the Communications Director and jointly produce a wide variety of content, including Yale Speaks, monthly newsletters, and promotional graphics. For more information, please contact the Communications Director, Kat Berman.
- Spring Fling Committee: The Spring Fling Committee is charged with planning and executing Spring Fling, Yale’s annual music festival held after the end of classes in April. Spring Fling is one of Connecticut’s largest music events, bringing together the entire campus to celebrate the end of the year. The committee conducts industry research on potential talent and creates a shortlist of recommendations, compiles and analyzes survey results, and plans the production. Spring Fling Committee members are associate members of YCC. The committee is led by a chair appointed and overseen by YCC Events Director. For more information, please contact Spring Fling Chairs Lucas Villalobos and Griffin Solot-Kehl.
- Undergraduate Organizations Funding Committee: The Undergraduate Organizations Funding Committee (UOFC) is the primary source of funding for registered student organizations on campus, independently allocating over $200,000 of funding to undergraduate organizations each year. It provides annual funding and support for special events. The UOFC acts as a liaison between the administrators and student organizations, rents capital equipment (such as audio visual equipment), and works to improve policy related to student organizations on campus. UOFC members, known as Finance Managers, are full term members of the YCC and the UOFC Director leads the committee. For more information, please contact Student Organizations Director Steven Tian.
Get in touch
All students are welcome to share their thoughts on how to improve Yale and its resources. If you would like to share a general concern, project idea, or interest in grabbing a meal with your representatives, just fill out this form and we will be in touch with you.