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Yale SOM Student Government Initiatives

Academic Affairs Committee

Accomplishments Last Year

  • Partnered with AASL to improve TA training with a focus on grading rubrics
  • Developed new course rating spreadsheet to collect more up-to-date student evaluations of elective courses.
  • Communicated extensively with first years to clarify course bidding process, including hosting a course selection “office hours” with second years
  • Scheduled and co-hosted 3 lunch meetings for first year students to share their perspective on the Core Curriculum with Dean Scully and Dean Jain
  • Worked with AASL to establish 1-on-1 tutoring for students in greatest need
  • Developed stronger connections between tutors, TAs and professors

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Establish a system to capture and transfer institutional knowledge between TAs, including an expanded handbook and resources for training
  • Continue to send email updates to ensure that First Year students are aware of the academic resources available to them
  • Collect and share student feedback with administration and faculty in the spirit of continuing to strengthen the academic experience at SOM


Admissions Committee

Accomplishments Last Year

  • First “Army of AweSOM” - engaging current students more on Welcome Weekends 
  • Two Welcome Weekends instead of Winter Welcome and Welcome Weekend
  • 33% increase in applicants, and a higher yield thus far
  • One-stop place for admissions volunteering

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Creating an Admissions/Welcome Weekend Committee to intentionally increase volunteerism and enthusiasm for Admissions throughout the year 
  • Synergies between Admissions and the Admissions Fellows across the stages of the Admissions process for prospectives 
  • Augmenting online outlets of Admissions: SOM Blog, GMAT Club 
  • Improving the matching process for hosting and connecting prospectives to current students with similar interests
  • Creating more transparency between the student body and Admissions in terms of Admissions goals and metrics related to application numbers and yield 


Alumni Affairs Committee

Accomplishments Last Year

  • Launched 2 Alumni Mentorship Programs (one in Fall/Spring and one in Summer) with over 230 students participating 
  • Connected job trek leaders with local alumni chapters 
  • Facilitated formation of Alumni Advisory Board for Outreach Nonprofit Consulting Club 
  • Launched monthly event for students to interact with staff from the Office of Development and Alumni Relations
  • Started upgrade to the Alumni Directory 
  • Collaborated with the office of development and alumni relations to make interaction with current students a formal part of Reunion Weekend

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Increase interaction among SOMAA board members and students
  • Continue the Alumni Mentorship program, and increase the number of alumni mentors 
  • Continue to upgrade the alumni directory and make it more user friendly 
  • SOM building tour team for alumni visits
  • Work with job trek leaders to increase interaction with local alumni chapter during job trek
  • Continue to invite alumni to be advisors for student clubs 


Career Development Committee

Accomplishments Last Year

  • CDO Fridays were reconfigured to offer more tailored workshops in addition to online content based on student feedback
  • The Portal Career Groups Digest has made it easier to disseminate information to students and provide relevant content to students
  • Networking nights & Mock Madness gave students the opportunity to practice relevant skills before recruiting season

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Re-design the Career Coach program to make it more mentorship based
  • Create 3 sub-committees to keep a pulse on students feelings across tracks/geographies/CDO resource arms; also increase coordination across all recruiting resources available at SOM
  • Streamline communications 
  • Develop a guidebook of dos and don’ts, timelines for recruiting, and practical tips for incoming students made available over the summer. Institute a professional standards code to always present ourselves in the best light to employers
  • Continue to build out programs that were a success this year and offer more opportunities to develop key skills


Clubs and Finance Committee

Accomplishments Last Year

  • Student Experience Fund – two amazing and diverse experiences held over the course of the year
  • The admission of an exciting new Club, The African Business and Society Club
  • Increased legitimacy of Club Leadership Council as a forum
  • Conservative and disciplined budgeting over the course of 2014/15 meant C&F finished the year in surplus. New financial management tools being integrated into Campus Groups will assist C&F in deploying funds even more efficiently in 2015/16

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Easier ad hoc funding for charity and community focused initiatives – the 2015/16 C&F budget will, for the first time, have a portion allocated for funding requests to assist students in their efforts to give back to the community in some way
  • Better funding for cohorts
  • Streamlined processes for Club Leaders
  • Student Experience Fund v2


Marketing and Communications Committee

Accomplishments Last Year

  • Handled coordination of content and input from all first and second year SG Chairs for the By the Bell. Published the content every week
  • Assisted SG President with formal communication that went outside of the student government to the student body (surveys, data compilation)
  • Handled 21 design projects during the first year - projects included designs for SG events across Yale SOM as well as other events that tied SOM with other graduate schools
  • Served as liaison between administration and student body (SOM Facilities, etc.)

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Redesign and restructure the layout of the By the Bell
  • Assist student government with any communication or communication-channels that need to be built in advance of or during the 2015-2016 second year
  • Create and manage a clear SG Social Portal
  • Continue to assist SG with design solutions for their events and regular announcements


Student Life Committee

Accomplishments Last Year

  • Planned over 83 cultural and social events with 24 different Student Groups
  • Brought back “Liaison” with the Cross Cultural Committee
  • Expanded Student use of space with Long-Term Planning Committee

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Increasing quality of Closing Bells 
  • Strengthening first year and second year interaction 
  • Making Student Life committees a more cohesive unit 
  • Increasing First Year involvement in Student Life Committees 


Technology and Operations Committee

Accomplishments Last Year

  • Improved Mac capabilities for Evans Hall
  • Ran successful Student Government election cycles
  • Worked to get a new shuttle directly for SOM-to-home transit on the list of possible initiatives for next year

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Introduce more flexibility, inspiration and community to Evans Hall 
  • Partner with the administration on various Evans Hall measures including any limited interior redesigns and the creation of new student spaces
  • Increase the connectivity of the building through expanded use of the various screens throughout the building
  • Make the courtyard the social center of campus it was designed to be
  • Run a flawless student election 


Cohort Representatives

Accomplishments Last Year

  • Liaised with administration, student life, student government and faculty on behalf of the cohort
  • Awesome events within the cohorts, and cross-cohort events to build community and learn about each other
  • Cohort Cup! Congrats Green Cohort!
  • Forum to share concerns about administrative changes and suggestions for improvement via email, texts, tweets and in person

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Integrate 4033 class (through mentorship, events and small dinners). Create 4033 events that encourage the two classes to meet, network and become friends
  • Help 1st year reps in their role 
  • Keep 2nd year cohorts together with bonding events throughout the year 
  • Create more structure, timelines and collaboration around the intersection of Student Life and the cohort activities
  • Administrative improvements: holding office hours and town halls for cohorts, as well as soliciting more suggestions from the cohort for events/initiatives


MAM Representative

Accomplishments Last Year

  • Had more MAM representation on Student Government
  • Created more opportunities for MAMs and MBA students to integrate, including MAM lunches and talks
  • Intra-MAM activities to further bonding within the class

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Continue to keep seeking integration within the SOM community
  • Reinforce the MAM program brand image
  • Get MAM voting rights on spring elections 
  • MAM program positioning within the Global Network Schools 


GPSS Senators 

Accomplishments Last Year

  • Establishment of GPSS Childcare Fund
  • Creation of ad hoc Committee on Race, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Various professional and social mixers with other graduate schools
  • Extended Payne Whitney Gym Hours 
  • Announcement of the Schwarzman Center, Yale’s new student center, a focused initiative of GPSS and other organizations for many years
  • Yale Transit developing a new app that will allow for real-time pick-up requests

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Expand our New Haven community outreach with increased city events and local non-profit volunteering partnerships
  • Advocate for increasing graduate and professional student mental health care services and resources
  • Expanded and more focused professional development opportunities with other graduate schools
  • Lobbying for increased security around SOM and East Rock
  • How-to seminar on GPSS funding and/or email