Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

The Community Initiative

The Community Initiative is an administrative effort to support and empower first-generation low-income students at Yale. Coordinated by the Woodbridge Fellow under the Yale College Dean’s Office and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, this initiative is a response to recent efforts to increase socioeconomic diversity in the undergraduate student population. The Community Initiative continues on the work of student-led efforts to support students financially, academically, and socially, and it aspires to empower student leaders to enact cultural change on campus.

Even the best-prepared students struggle with the new, high-intensity demands of academic life at Yale. Few students have experienced challenges like 500+ pages of dense reading per week, learning alongside 300 other students in a lecture class, or speaking up in a seminar led by one of the foremost scholars in the field. All Yale students—even who seem to be most successful academically—have stories to tell about moments when they struggled. Those students made it through by adapting new ways of thinking about and approaching their academic work. They also seek help and advice from a wide variety of sources—from their residential college deans, faculty, teaching fellows, tutors, and peers. The Academic Strategies Program seeks to share these methods with Yale students through 1-1 peer mentoring and workshops. The Community Initiative is proud to be a partner of the Academic Strategies Program, located the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning and directed by Dr. Karin Gosselink

For more information, visit the Community Initative website: https://fgli.yalecollege.yale.edu .

A group of students studying together in Room 121 of the Poorvu Center.