Intercultural Affairs Council (IAC)

Mission Statement

The Intercultural Affairs Council (IAC) works to create a more culturally aware and inclusive campus community by providing student advocacy and supportive resources to registered student organizations so they may coordinate events that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding.

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

Events with IAC Support

The IAC has proudly co-sponsered the following events in the past year: 

The Asian American Students Association Formal, in collaboration with the Chinese American Students Association

Trans Latinx Talk, in collaboration with the Office of LGBTQ Resources and La Casa Cultural 

International Student Mixer, in collaboration with La Casa Cultural

All-Ivy Native Summit, in collaboration with the Native American Cultural Center

Screening of Loving, in collaboration with the Racial and Ethnic Openness Club

Odes for You Tour, ​in collaboration with the Office of LGBTQ Resources

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

Stephen Davis, Head of Pierson College (Ex officio)

Omer Bajwa, Chaplain’s Office

Melanie Boyd, Office of Gender & Campus Culture

Peter Crumlish, Dwight Hall

Joliana Yee, 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