Introduction to Community Centers at Yale

Introduction to Community Centers at Yale


[upbeat music plays] Hi! Welcome to Yale. My name’s Burgwell Howard
and it’s my pleasure to talk to you a little bit today
about our campus Community Centers. These are spaces on campus
that are open to all members of the Yale Community. The four cultural centers
support student organizations and serve as a
meeting space for social, cultural and educational events. The Afro American
Cultural Center is one of the nation’s first
black cultural centers. The House has a rich history
as a home away from home for Yale’s black student body
and for all members of the campus
and local community. It is a space for all
who want to learn about and celebrate black histories,
cultures and traditions. The Asian-American
Cultural Center works to strengthen the Asian
and Asian-American communities at Yale. The Center sponsors dozens
of campus wide events during the year which helps
to increase the awareness of the cultures traditions, histories and the experience
of the Asian peoples living in the United States. Next door is La Casa Cultural, Yale’s Latino cultural center. La Casa welcomes everyone
to explore and celebrate the diverse cultures
and histories of Latinx people. The house serves as a home
base for several student organizations and its
activities foster a sense of belonging and pride. Over 40 Indigenous nations
are represented at the Native American
Cultural Center. It supports
and celebrates indigenous people and their
presence at Yale. The center offers social, political and cultural programs
and has the largest display of contemporary
native art on campus. Now let me tell you a little bit
about our three other offices that support
the well-being of our community. The Office
of International Students and Scholars serves over
6000 people who come to Yale from more than 120 countries. From immigration matters to
social and educational activities, the Office ensures a smooth
adjustment to life at Yale. The Office of LGBTQ Resources
supports a diverse community of staff,
faculty and students. It offers programs
and support in areas ranging from faith to gender
identity to navigating Yale. The vibrant space brings
together people from across campus and builds connections
with the wider New Haven community. Finally,
the Chaplain’s Office. The Chaplain’s Office supports
religious and spiritual life at Yale. Sharon Kugler is the
University Chaplain. Sharon Kugler>>Our mission is to offer a kind
of radical hospitality and welcome to everyone
who comes to the Chaplain’s Office
or is part of the Yale Community. Sharon Kugler>>We try to advocate for all
the different religious and spiritual communities
that are at Yale and there’s over 35 of them. But we also serve as a space
for people who may not identify with any particular religious
or spiritual tradition. Sharon Kugler>>The hope is that they find
themselves contributing to this place in new
and unique ways. Belonging at Yale means not
trying to fit in so much as to be who you are in
this new place. And Yale is rich in history
and tradition but it’s also ever changing. And I think the idea
of Belonging means that you come and you bring
your unique gifts to this community and the
community is forever changed for your presence. This is just
a brief tour of the many spaces on campus where
our students and staff have built community. BURGWELL HOWARD>>We hope that you take
this opportunity to visit our Community Centers here on campus and participate in their activities. See you soon! [upbeat music plays and fades]

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