Student Life


A collaborative network of faculty, administrators, staff, and students direct and support student life programs and services. Our shared vision unites us to ensure that all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and scholars will:

  • Take maximum advantage of the academic programs in which they are enrolled, to develop intellectually, professionally, and personally;
  • Explore the breadth of their intellectual curiosity, the depth of their humanity, and the rigor of purposeful scholarship or creative practice;
  • Take responsibility for their personal growth and development, seeking well-being and balance in their lives; 
  •  Cultivate their connections to others, the university community, New Haven, our society, and the larger world; and
  • Prepare for a lifetime characterized by learning, service, and ethical conduct.

Who We Are

In partnership with the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, the following units form a network of support for student life services and resources:

Advisory Committee on Student Life (ACSL)

The Advisory Committee on Student Life (ACSL) is composed of administrators and student life professionals in Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools who meet regularly to discuss issues and initiatives affecting all 12,000 students at the University. 

Since 1969, the Afro-American Cultural Center has represented the vital and vibrant presence of African-Americans (and those interested in African-American culture) at Yale.

Established in 1981, the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), in cooperation with affiliated student organizations, promotes Asian American culture and explores the social and political experience of Asians in the United States.

The main focus of the Chaplain’s Office at Yale is to further cultivate a chaplaincy for students, faculty, and staff that serves the needs of the richly diverse religious and spiritual traditions on campus.

Dwight Hall at Yale is an independent, nonsectarian nonprofit umbrella organization. As the Center for Public Service and Social Justice, Dwight Hall reflects a diverse Yale student body and a strong history of social justice work in New Haven and beyond. It features over 90 student-run member groups that engage 3,500 students each year in service and social justice activities. 

Graduate Student Life offers programs, services, and resources to build community among graduate students and their family members. The McDougal GSL fellows, who are graduate students, plan and promote varied social, cultural, recreational and wellness events on campus and in New Haven. A web calendar, weekly emails, and social media help grad students connect with McDougal GSL activities.

Building on a strong campus community, the Latino Cultural Center promotes a reassuring sense of unity among Latinos/as at Yale.

Established in 1993, the Native American Cultural Center (NACC) promotes American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian culture and explores the issues that Native Americans face in today’s world.

The Office of LGBTQ Resources works to create a visible LGBTQ community that includes students, faculty, and staff from all of Yale’s schools and from a wide variety of life experiences.

The primary mission of the Resource Office on Disabilities (ROD) is to facilitate individual accommodations for all students with disabilities throughout the entire University, and by so doing, work to remove physical and attitudinal barriers, which may prevent their full participation in the University community.