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Student Organizations

The richness of life at Yale extends far beyond the classroom walls. There are more than 500 active organizations on campus, ranging from the Undergraduate Math Society to the Freestyle Dueling Association and including over 50 performance groups and 60 cultural associations. You will be able to join as many as you like at the Freshman Extracurricular Bazaar – which takes place in late August – but why wait? You can start learning about Yale College’s vibrant extracurricular universe right now. We feel confident that you will find a few – or perhaps a few dozen – groups and activities that pique your interests. You may also visit the Yale College Dean's Office website for a list of all registered student organizations.

Peer Liaisons

Peer liaisons are upperclassmen who help connect first-year students to the wealth of support and programming initiatives based in the LGBTQ Resource Center, the University Chaplain’s Office, the Office of International Students and Scholars, the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Asian American Cultural Center, the La Casa Latino Cultural Center, and the Native American Cultural Center. This program will rely on the resources available at each center, and the peer liaisons will serve as a resource for first-year students and guide them to the services they need.

Communication and Consent Educators

The Communication and Consent Educators (CCEs) are a large, diverse group of undergraduates working together to foster a more positive sexual and social climate on campus.  We aim to end sexual violence by transforming our corner of contemporary culture into one where respect, mutuality, and mindfulness are the norms.  A safe campus is critically important, but we want even more – we want Yale to be a place where everyone can thrive.

Through workshops, trainings, and conversations, we help students identify troubled dynamics and develop skills for effective interventions; even better, we work on strategies for avoiding problems altogether.  CCE teams also work (usually in collaboration with other student groups) to change the campus environment itself, reimagining traditional events and practices to maximize the opportunities for ideals to flourish.

  • For the full list of Yale’s resources for responding to sexual misconduct, see smr.yale.edu

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reduction Initiative (“Audrey”)

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reduction Initiative is a branch of the Yale College Dean's Office dedicated to reducing the various harms - physical, psychological, academic, and social - of drug and alcohol use among Yale undergraduates. We work with students, administrators, health services, police and security, and faculty to make sure students have the information and skill set they need to make smart choices regarding alcohol and drugs, and to create an environment that is conducive to those choices. This work takes many forms. A few of them include education programs, collaboration with other institutions, policy evaluation, social activity organizing, and data collection and analysis.