With all of the opportunities available and people to meet over the next four years, coming to Yale is exciting - but the unknown may create a little anxiety for new students. Everyone looks forward to successfully adjusting to the Yale environment and culture so that they can call this place their second home. To aid in this process, the Cultural Connections program (CC) was designed to introduce first-years to Yale’s cultural resources as well as to explore the diversity of student experiences on the Yale campus, with emphasis on the experiences of traditionally underrepresented students and issues related to racial identity. For over 40 years, first-year students have participated in an exciting week of engaging activities intended to facilitate their transition to Yale alongside their peers, CC counselors, and many members of the Yale staff. Activities include discussions with faculty experts about ethnicity, nationality, and race; panels on academic expectations by faculty; presentations on campus life by students; and group visits to local points of interest such as the Yale College cultural centers, local and University museums and parks.

“Without CC, I wouldn’t know the Yale that I know. The CC community was my first home, and it will be always be the one I come back to.” - Esul Burton, YC 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Cultural Connections Program will not be offered in person before the term starts; instead, it will be offered online before the term starts, with possible in-person events after classes start. More information about the program and registration deadlines will be available by early July, when the university announces plans for the fall term.

We hope that you will join us! Follow us on Instagram @YaleCulturalConnections

Cultural Connections will run from Monday, August 17th through Friday, August 21st, 2020.

More about the program…