Support for Y-VISP Students

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In addition to Y-VISP-specific resources, Y-VISP students have access to a variety of resources and support available to all Yale College students. Beyond more obvious resources such as the Yale libraries and residential colleges, check out some other resources below:

Mental and Physical Health

All Y‐VISP students are enrolled in Yale’s comprehensive insurance, which includes Basic Coverage, Hospitalization/Specialty Care, and Yale Health Prescription Plus. The health coverage includes mental health services. Past Y-VISP students have recommended that students request an initial counseling appointment early as this makes it easier to schedule an appointment when you might need it later. If you feel most comfortable speaking with a peer, check out the Walden Peer Counseling Program, and if you feel most comfortable speaking to someone from the Asian American Cultural Center, check their program hereThe Good Life Center is another great wellness resource and the Yale Well site collects mental and physical health resources.

Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning

The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning provides tutoring in a range of academic subjects and in a variety of formats, from drop-in sessions and one-time appointments focusing on a single assignment to long-term assistance in a particular course of study. In addition to specific academic subjects, Academic Strategies, part of the Poorvu Center, offers workshops and tutoring on skills such as managing a heavy reading load, time management, and public speaking. Check out their resources here.Tutoring is available to Yale College students (including Y-VISPs) free of charge. 

Writing Center

The Yale College Writing Center, a unit of the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, oversees several programs that can help students improve their writing. This is an excellent resource for native and non-native English speakers alike to improve their skills throughout the writing process and as a way to get feedback.

Peer Liaison Program

Yale College Peer Liaisons are upper level students who help connect students to the programs and services of Yale’s cultural and community resource centers.

Cultural Centers

Yale's cultural centers house student organizations and provide space for meetings, plays, art exhibits, and parties. They foster a sense of cultural identity and educate people in the larger community. They also act as optional social centers and community bases for students of a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Intercultural Affairs Council

The Intercultural Affairs Council (IAC) is dedicated to creating cultural awareness and inclusivity on campus by providing student advocacy and support to registered student organizations in their sponsorship of events that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. The IAC offers educational and social programming and provides opportunities for personal growth and advocacy; constructive intercultural dialogue; and for challenging bias on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, citizenship or other identities.

Chaplain’s Office

The Chaplain’s Office represents the more than 30 religious and spiritual traditions that constitute an important part of Yale’s diversity. The chaplains and their groups provide valuable spiritual, moral and cultural support to Yale students, whether they belong to a religious or spiritual community or not.

Office of LGBTQ Resources

The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Resources can help students connect to others in the community and learn about Yale’s LGBTQ social, cultural and academic programs and events.

Office of Student Accessibility Services (OSAS)

The Office of Student Accessibility Services (OSAS) provides services and information for students with disabilities. OSAS services include: housing accommodations, classroom and special testing accommodations, visual materials in alternative formats, and loans of special equipment. Registering with SAS for an accommodation requiring a single room, if granted, is the only way to guarantee placement in a single room. If you are a student who needs an accommodation, contacting SAS is a required first step in the process of obtaining disability‐related accommodations. Registration with OSAS is confidential. Students are required to contact the OSAS at the beginning of every term for academic accommodations. Early planning is critical to successful accommodations, so contacting the office during the summer months is encouraged.

Sexual Harassment and Assault Resources & Education (SHARE)

SHARE is available to members of the Yale community who are dealing with sexual misconduct of any kind.