Student Life Leadership, Vision, and Mission

The Secretary and Vice President for University Life advises the president, vice presidents, trustees, and other academic and administrative leaders about campus issues at a local, national, and international level, and ensures that university-wide policies and procedures maximize support for all 13,000 students.

Secretary Kimberly M. Goff-Crews defines, develops, and supports a Yale experience that enables all students to take fully advantage of their educational programs, and leads collaborations with student life professionals, faculty, and student leaders from across the university, shaping campus life initiatives to create an engaging and supportive environment for students as they progress toward their educational and personal goals.

She works closely with leaders from the student governments to connect them to university resources and support their visions for student life at Yale. Secretary Goff-Crews also convenes the Student Advisory Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Secretary’s Student Advisory Committee.

Secretary Goff-Crews oversees the University Chaplaincy, the Office of LGBTQ Resources, and Student Accessibility Services. She also has dual supervision of a discrete set of student life programs and services within Yale College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, including the Afro-American Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, McDougal Graduate Student Life, La Casa Cultural: Latino American Cultural Center, and Native American Cultural Center.


Faculty, staff, and offices in Yale College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools provide advocacy, support, information, guidance, and leadership opportunities for students.  The Advisory Committee on Student Life, convened by Secretary Goff-Crews, brings together deans of students, directors of centers, and others to direct and support student life programs and services.