Intercultural Affairs Council (IAC)

Vigil and Benefit - Jan. 29

Important! There will be a candlelit vigil and benefit in front of Sterling on Cross Campus in support of immigrants and refugees today, January 29, at 6 p.m. The vigil will be followed by a benefit concert for IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) at 7 p.m. in Battell Chapel. 

Mission Statement

The Intercultural Affairs Council (IAC) of Yale University works to create a more culturally aware and inclusive campus community through programming, advocacy and supportive resources.

For more information about the IAC call 203-432-2906 or email

Background & Purpose 

The IAC was convened in 2008 by Marichal Gentry, former Dean of Student Affairs at Yale College, to affirm our institutional values of respect and inclusivity throughout Yale. The council is comprised of individuals from various administrative/academic units and students who work together to promote a respectful and accessible campus environment.

The IAC collaboratively offers educational and social programming in order to enhance our students’ overall success and post-graduate preparation by providing opportunities for personal growth and advocacy; constructive intercultural dialogue; and for challenging bias on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, citizenship or other identities.

Council Members

Julia Adams, Head of Calhoun College 

Omer Bajwa, Chaplain’s Office

Melanie Boyd, Office of Gender & Campus Culture

Leah Cohen, Slifka Center

Peter Crumlish, Dwight Hall

Saveena Dhall, Asian American Cultural Center

Kelly Fayard, Native American Cultural Center

Eileen Galvez, La Casa Cultural Center

Burgwell Howard, Dean of Student Engagement Sharon Kugler, Chaplain’s Office

Ann Kuhlman, Office of International Students and Scholars

Risë Nelson, Afro-American Cultural Center, Chair 

Brian Tompkins, Athletics

Maria Trumpler, Office of LGBTQ Resources

Judy York, Resource Office on Disabilities