Student Success Programming

Student Success Programming

The House supports our students’ success by promoting opportunities for scholarship, professional development, and academic exploration. Grant funding is available (by application) to help offset expenses related to research, internships, and experiential/service learning opportunities. We also recognize that an integral aspect of success is wellness. Keeping that in mind in all that we do, the House creates avenues for students to maintain wellness and achieve balance.

For information on any of the following programs, resources, or services, please contact afamhouse@yale.edu.

The History Keepers Program:

A joint initiative between the House, the Yale University Library, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture, the History Keepers Program provides participants with the opportunity to learn about and preserve the histories of the House and Black Yale and to share them with the campus community and beyond. Program participants will help build the House’s archives, especially in preparation for our 50th anniversary celebrations, while learning about research foundations and careers in museum administration and library science. Through mentoring, educational workshops and culturally-based experiential learning, this initiative will also prepare participants for successful application to prestigious research-based fellowship and scholarship programs.

Intercultural CIPE Day:

Co-hosted by the cultural centers, staff from the Center for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) facilitate sessions for our students to learn about fellowships, study abroad/summer session, and internship/career preparation.

Networking & Dining Etiquette Workshop:

This interactive session is held over a four-course meal is designed to equip students with the fundamental principles to navigate social/business dining settings with authenticity and grace. Topics may include making good first impressions, using body language effectively, mastering “small talk,” eating/dining etiquette, and building professional networks.

Wellness Initiatives:

The House hosts events that remind students to prioritize their wellness in culturally affirming ways (e.g., Afro-Latin dance class, class on cooking healthy holiday food of the Diaspora, hike Sleeping Giant with Outdoor Afro, Black Coffee, etc.). Our Wellness Manager also raises awareness of the racial, sexual and gender disparities in health and health care and promotes help-seeking behavior and campus/local wellness resources. Our Wellness Manager and Graduate Assistant for Strategic Initiatives collaborate on the Black Women’s Retreat and the House’s Peer Liaison also incorporate related events into their first-year programming.

Grant Funding:

Funding is also available to help offset expenses related to research, career preparation, and experiential/service learning opportunities, such as conferences, unpaid internships, and alternative break trips. Click here to learn about and apply for grant funding.

Advising & Referrals:

Students are welcome to attend office hours with the House’s Dean and Assistant Director, who can refer them to academic assistance and professional development resources on campus; connect with faculty, alumni, and graduate/professional student mentors; connect them to university and national academic/professional organizations; and find research, internship, fellowship, and funding opportunities.

For information on any of these programs, resources, or services, please contact afamhouse@yale.edu.