Welcome back, everyone! Hope you've all had a restful break. Are you ready to jump back into it? No? Neither are we 😓. Drop by some of our events this week for a break from the daily grind. Invite some friends and catch up! We hope to see y'all soon. 

Here's a throwback to when Alissa (Civic & Political Engagement), Minh (Lifestyle & Mental Health), and Akielly (Head PL) had some QUALITY staff bonding time!! 

Stay warm friends!


🧡CaD Team🧡

Dinner with Michelle Kuo
Senior Stories - Tien Tran & Akielly Hu
G&P Spirited Away Happy Hour
The Arts & Media Innovation Award
Emotional Wellness Virtual Workshop
AACC Emotional Wellness Support

Yale Librarian Satellite Office Hours
Negative Space: An Asian & Asian American Oral History Project
1stGenYale Annual Students & Alumni Career Networking Mixer
Blessing Bags
Skills for Changemakers -- Careers for a Better World
Changemakers' Retreat
Global Innovation Series: Boundary Breaker ElsaMarie D'Silva

Critical Innovation Fund
Peace & Dialogue Leadership Initiative Fellowship
Michelle Kuo, Author of "Reading with Patrick"
1. Education, Race, and Justice: Michelle Kuo with James Forman, Jr.

Wednesday, 10/24, 3:30-5:00 pm, Law School Room 120 (attached a flyer and more detailed description in the Facebook event)

Join the Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall in welcoming Michelle Kuo, author of "Reading With Patrick," in a conversation with James Forman, Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Locking Up Our Own," about education and prison.

The conversation will be moderated by Zelda Roland, Director of YPEI, and James Jeter, Tow Foundation Fellow at YPEI.

You can obtain a free ebook copy of "Reading With Patrick" by filling out this form:

2. Dinner with Michelle Kuo, Author of "Reading with Patrick":

Following Michelle Kuo's conversation with James Forman, Jr. on 10/24 at 3:30 pm at Yale Law School Sterling Law Building Room 120, the Asian American Cultural Center will host Michelle Kuo for a dinner with students from around campus, 5:30pm, 295 Crown Street. If you would like to attend dinner, please RSVP to and be sure to request a free e-book copy of Michelle Kuo's "Reading With Patrick" by filling out the form at this link. Dinner spots are limited, so please make sure to RSVP as soon as possible.
Senior Stories - Tien Tran & Akielly Hu
Come through to the AACC for the debut of a new year of Senior Stories! Each session, 2-3 seniors will have a chance to reflect on life before, during, and after Yale. We hope this will give us a chance to get to know each other in a more intimate setting, cherish the diversity of experiences in our community, and of course, celebrate our seniors!!

Please join us for our inaugural Senior Stories for the '18-'19 school year with Tien Tran and Akielly Hu!

Tien is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies. Born and raised in Van Nuys, California, she hopes to move back to California and work with communities of color to fight for environmental justice. Her secret talents include doing at least 5 pull ups (but she can't lift furniture), remembering all of Mulan's grandma's quotes ("Sign me up for the next war!")—the list goes on and on. Songs giving Tien life: Whipped Cream by Ari Lennox, Where U Are by Rina Sawayama, any song by Ozuna

Akielly is a senior majoring in Global Affairs. She’s from the land of hiking and evergreen trees AKA the great Pacific Northwest. After college, she hopes to research or work in the fields of environmental conservation and development. She loves traveling, eating new foods, and spontaneously dancing in public spaces. Top three books Akielly’s read recently: The River Between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Catch her singing to Ozuna with Tien on Thursday afternoons!
G&P Spirited Away Happy Hour
Join the AACC Graduate Assistants at our first event of the year! Get “spirited away” with free beer, wine, and snacks at the Asian American Cultural Center this Halloween. Costumes optional but encouraged. All Graduate & Professional students are welcome with both Yale ID and government-issued ID (must be 21+).
The Arts & Media Innovation Award

The Arts & Media Innovation Award application is now live: Submit yours by November 1st, 2018 to be considered for one of five $500 awards!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to AACC Director, Joliana Yee (

Emotional Wellness Virtual Workshop; Part IV

Come join us for our third installment of the AACC Emotional Wellness Workshop Series, hosted by Dr. Dora Wang! This week's topic will be "Think, Do, Feel: How to Take Charge of Emotions"

The workshop will occur remotely, over Zoom video conferencing. Students may participate on their devices from any location, using this link.

The workshop can also be accessed from any “non-smart” phone:
(669) 900 6833, or (646) 558 8656.
The meeting ID is: 260 080 075
AACC Emotional Wellness Support

The AACC is thrilled that Eunice Yuen, MD, PhD, has volunteered to serve as an additional resource for our community as it relates to navigating mental health challenges unique to the Asian and Asian American community. If you would like to schedule a meeting with Eunice at the AACC, please do so via this link: Please note, however, that this does not substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment.
Yale Librarian Satellite Office Hours
Bass Library is pleased to offer a new drop-in consulting service at the AACC for all students. Office Hours will be held approximately every other week on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4 – 6 PM at the AACC Library. No registration is necessary – users will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fall office hours schedule:
  • Tuesday, October 30, 4 - 6 PM
  • Wednesday, November 14, 4 - 6 PM
  • Tuesday, December 4, 4 - 6 PM
  • Wednesday, December 12, 4 - 6 PM
Get to know your librarian:
Kelly Marie Blanchat is the Undergraduate Teaching and Outreach Librarian at Yale Library, and is also a fellow at Benjamin Franklin College. In her spare time, she does printmaking and pottery and writes proposals to get new emoji characters approved by Unicode.
Negative Space: An Asian & Asian American Oral History Project
Negative Space:  An Asian & Asian American Oral History Project wants your help!  We're launching a new set of interviews on Saturday, October 27, and we'll be celebrating with an informational meeting at the AACC.  If you're curious about our mission, want to help us conduct interviews, are interested in being interviewed, or just want to hang out, please drop by on Saturday (time and room forthcoming) or send us an email at  Looking forward to seeing you there!
Blessing Bags
Please join Yale Housing, Saint Thomas More, and AYUDH to assemble and distribute Blessing Bags, toiletry kits with warming gear and nutritional supplements, to the guests of the Saint Thomas More Soup Kitchen.  Swing by the STM Dining Hall (268 Park Street) on Tuesday 10/23 between 6:30pm and 7:30pm to assemble the bags over a vegetarian dinner. Come distribute the bags, meet the recipients, and help serve lunch on Wednesday 10/24 between 10:45am and 1pm in the STM Dining Hall.  Stop by for as much or as little time as you want. More information can be found at
1stGenYale Annual Students & Alumni Career Networking Mixer
Annual Career Networking Mixer -Thursday, November 8, 7:30-9:30pm
Yale students from all schools are invited to attend our 3rd annual mixer during the Yale Alumni Association Assembly and Yale Alumni Fund Convocation weekend!
Network with Yale College and G&P Schools alumni who are here to support students across all schools and explore different career fields and life skills. Discussion will include career interests: Arts, business, communications, consulting, education, entrepreneurship, environment, finance, law & social justice, medicine & public health, non-profits, public service, science, and technology. Conversations will include transition issues, financial management & graduate school options.

Alumni are excited to meet you and learn about your Yale experience today. They will share their personal journeys, challenges they faced and strategies which helped them succeed. Share your common bonds and make meaningful friendships, too!

Refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend. Sponsors are the Afro-American Cultural Center and 1stGenYale. Kindly RSVP by November 1st.

Sign Up Today -

Alumni look forward to meeting you on Thursday, November 8th! Invite your friends!
Skills for Changemakers: Careers for a Better World
Skills for Changemakers – November 2-3 – Careers for a Better World (limited space: register here)

Yale alumni love helping Yale students. Please take part in an inspiring, upcoming, alumni-led event – one that will make you see careers in an entirely new way.

On Friday evening, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 you can network with dozens of Yale alums whose careers transform community activism, government, education, finance, food, health, immigration, journalism/media, philanthropy, sustainability – and many more fields.
You’ll enjoy good food and learn from Yalies whose careers have taken them to New Haven government, CollaboratoryCommonGroundCT Green Building CouncilDemosDevelopment4GoodEndeavor Mexico,FaithActs for EducationGirl ScoutsHavenly TreatsIRISJudson Memorial ChurchLEAPthe Met Societythe MuseNew Haven PromiseNewsGuardthe State of NYThe NY TimesOx VerteThe Port Authority of NY/NJ,SeeClickFixSempra EnergyTeach for AmericaUrban Policy StrategiesYearUp, and beyond.

Yale alums really DO want to help you: they’re coming from far and wide.

They’ll be keynoted by University Secretary Kim Goff-Crews (’83 BA ’86 LAW).

Space is limited: register here.
Changemakers' Retreat

Apply for the Changemakers' Retreat! The Changemakers’ Retreat, offered by Tsai CITY and taking place November 9-10, is for leaders who want to make a positive impact on the world through sustainable action. This weekend-long getaway is a deep dive into defining your purpose and harnessing your leadership power. We will utilize tools to gain greater self-awareness, improved team cohesion, and effective strategies for systemic change. Join us for workshops, discussions, and reflections on how to create sustainable change on the individual, team, and system level with inspiring and determined changemakers just like you. Together, we will collaborate with and challenge each other to take action on the issues that matter most. Want to take part? Apply by October 26!

Global Innovation Series: Boundary Breaker ElsaMarie D'Silva
Join us for an intimate conversation with ElsaMarie D'Silva, is an Indian gender activist, the Founder and CEO of Red Dot Foundation (a platform that gathers personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces to track trends at a local level). She’ll share her own leadership journey; how she’s overcome challenges; and offer advice to students interested in innovation and social change. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Date: Thursday, October 25th, 2018
Time: 12-1pm
Location: AACC (295 Crown St.)

in partnership with the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), the Asian Network @ Yale (ANY), Yale’s Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program, and Tsai CITY’s Knowledge Equity Initiative
Critical Innovation Fund
La Casa, the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies, and Tsai CITY have partnered to launch the Critical Innovation Fund: five $1,500 awards for teams with the strongest proposals for innovative approaches to pressing immigration challenges in America. Teams can apply with any idea — an event, a movement, an educational campaign, a technological innovation, a storytelling project, a work of art — that addresses current immigration challenges. We welcome interdisciplinary teams from across Yale and New Haven; teams must include at least one current Yale student. Preference will be given to teams who have lived experience with the challenge they choose to address, and teams who are focusing on local and New Haven-based issues. Ready to submit your idea? Apply here by 11:59pm on November 15.
The Peace & Dialogue Leadership Initiative Fellowship
The Peace & Dialogue Leadership Initiative (PDLI) seeks to foster conversation around conflict resolution, civil-military relations, and the U.S. role in the Middle East amongst top civilian and military students. Each year, selected fellows learn from high-level political leaders, diplomats, journalists, and activists to foster collaboration, conversation, and creative ideas that contribute to the international conversation on these subjects. Programming culminates with a highly subsidized, 10-day trip to Israel and Palestine over spring break. Past fellows have gone on to become Kerry Fellows, Marshall and Rhodes Scholars, and now pursue a diverse array of career paths.
The 2018-2019 application can be found online at: The early-bird deadline is Friday, October 12th, at which point our team will begin reading applications. The final deadline for all submissions will be Wednesday, October 24th at 12 PM EST.
We will have two identical information sessions for prospective applicants that will cover further details.
Info Session I: Wednesday, September 26th at 7:30 pm in WLH 119
Info Session II: Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 pm in WLH 119
More information can be found on our website. For questions, please contact
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