Here are five ways to connect with YCC:
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 Christopher Bowman.
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. In order to run for a class council, you must register on Yale Station by Thursday, September 8 at 5 pm. Voting polls will be open from 9 am on Thursday, September 15 to 9 pm on Friday, September 16.
The Senior Class Council (SCC) is a separate organization that is coordinated by the Association of Yale Alumni. For more information on SCC, please contact SCC President Tommy Rosenkranz.
Apply to a task force
The YCC also oversees a number of task forces, each of which will focus on a particular issue. Applications for task forces can be found here and are due on September 11 at 11:59 PM. For more information, please contact Task Force Director Peter Hwang.
This semester’s task forces include:
- Improving Disability Resources: Students with disabilities at Yale are served by the Resource Office on Disability (ROD). The ROD seeks to facilitate individual accommodations for all students with disabilities by removing physical and attitudinal barriers, which may prevent their full participation in the University community. The Task Force will evaluate how well the experiences of disabled students at Yale meet the ROD’s goals. Potential questions and goals include:
- Analyzing the effectiveness of current provision for Disabled students by the Yale administration and faculty
- Researching the policies and effectiveness of Disability Offices and initiatives at peer institutions
- Strategizing methods of increasing the academic and social integration of disabled students at Yale
- Suggesting new initiatives for improving awareness of physical and attitudinal barriers among the wider Yale community
- Cultural Houses at Yale: Yale has four Cultural Centers: the Afro-American Cultural House, the Asian American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Center, and the Native American Cultural Center which serve as social centers and community bases for students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds and the larger Yale community. In 2014, an external review of the Cultural Centers recommended, amongst other suggestions, improvements to their physical facilities and organizational structures. In 2015, President Salovey announced several changes to the Cultural Centers including an increase in funding and an integration of Yale Health mental health resources with the Cultural Centers. This Task Force will:
- Elicit feedback from students, administrators, and staff regarding the state of the Cultural Centers
- Examine the role of the Cultural Centers and their relationship with student groups, faculty, and the new Center on Ethnicity, Race, Migration
- Evaluate the effectiveness of administrative reform following the 2014 review
- Suggest methods of implementing proposals such as mental health resource integration with the Cultural Centers
- Transfer Student Policy: Each year, Yale accepts 20-30 transfer students with either sophomore or junior standing and a small number of nontraditional students through the Eli Whitney Students Program (EWSP). As transfer students enter Yale through a nontraditional route, several academic policies – such as bounded distribution requirements for specific years – aren’t directly applicable to transfers. As a result, confusion can arise regarding how certain Yale regulations affect the transfer and nontraditional student community. This task force will seek to:
- Analyze the transition to Yale for transfer students including access to pre-orientation programs and summer updates
- Examine the effectiveness of the Transfer Counselor program
- Clarifying how the university determines the number of semesters allocated to transfer students, the availability of transfer credit, and study abroad opportunities
Apply to a committee or team
The YCC oversees six committees and teams which help contribute to the work of YCC. Applications for Spring Fling and Events Committees are due on Friday, September 9th at 11:59pm. Applications for the Business Team, Communications Team, Programming Team, and Undergraduate Organizations Committee are due on Friday, September 23rd at 11:59 PM. For more information, please contact the Chief of Staff, Sydney Wade. Committees and teams for which you can apply include:
- 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, Zach Murn.
- 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, Rebecca Yan.
- 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, Lauren Sapienza.
- 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, Rebecca Yan.
- 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 the Events Director, Lauren Sapienza.
- Undergraduate Organizations Committee: The Undergraduate Organizations Committee (UOC) 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 UOC 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. UOC members, known as Finance Managers, are full term members of the YCC and the UOC Director leads the committee. For more information, please contact Student Organizations Director Matt Guido.
Share a general concern, project idea, or interest by grabbing a meal with your representative
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.