Life Skills & Personal Development
The Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity (OGSDD) is committed to expanding the diversity of the student body and to enhancing the intellectual experience of the entire scholarly community. The OGSDD works collaboratively with departments and programs to support the needs of all students as they pursue graduate study. The following programs and activities fall under the purview of the OGSDD: advising of prospective and current graduate students, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Programs, Diversity Preview Days, Diversity Recruitment Days, Diversity Orientation Day, Transitions First Year Experience, and the Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education. The OGSDD also organizes and hosts virtual recruitment fairs and webinars, social justice discussion seminars, mentoring programs, research lectures, networking events, and professional development seminars and workshops addressing topics such as financial literacy, time and organizational management skills, and strategies for navigating difficult conversations.
Writing & Communication Development
The Graduate Writing Lab at The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning works with Yale graduate students to bolster their writing and communication skills and develop their respective academic voices. The GWL offers individual writing consultations with trained, friendly peer consultants that help academic writers experience an objective and constructive analysis of their work and relieve their writing-related anxiety. The GWL also offers over 100 workshops and panel sessions per year on research, writing, and communication, runs consistent sessions of goal-oriented, supportive writing retreats and study halls, and facilitates small writing-intensive peer-review groups. Collectively, our programs create editorial community among graduate and professional school students in shared disciplines and across disciplinary lines.
Career Support & Development
The Office of Career Strategy (OCS) offers career advising, alumni connections, interview preparation, employment opportunities, and extensive career development resources. OCS works with graduate students to clarify career aspirations, identify employment and educational opportunities, and offer advising and support at every stage of career development. OCS works with graduate students to complete an individual development plan, which equips students with the understanding and tools to take charge of their professional development at Yale.
Student Life & Community
McDougal Graduate Student Life (GSL) Fellows and staff organize interactive, fun, and useful co-curricular programs and events at Yale and throughout New Haven. We host over 120 GSL events each year, including monthly First Friday at Five Grad Happy Hours, Grad Nights Out, community service events, activities for international students and students with families, programs for both physical and mental wellness, and the Annual Winter Ball. GSL events offer you opportunities to meet students from different departments and backgrounds. Over 70 registered graduate student clubs and groups organize activities, with advice and support from McDougal GSL staff. At the McDougal Graduate Student Center you can enjoy free coffee and tea, or use indoor and outdoor spaces to meet with a study group, hang out, eat your lunch, or catch up with other GSAS students. You are welcome to contact GSL staff about any personal or student life concerns at Yale.
Teaching Support & Development
The Graduate Teaching Program at the Poorvu Center supports Yale graduate students as teachers and mentors. Our core programming includes the Fundamentals of Teaching series, as well as Advanced Teaching Workshops on a variety of topics from inclusive teaching to classroom technology. Graduate students can pursue the Certificate of College Teaching Preparation (CCTP), an important job market credential. We also offer one-on-one consultations on course design and teaching materials, as well as classroom teaching observations.