Background & Purpose

The IAC was convened in 2008 to affirm and ensure the enactment of 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 culturally aware and accepting campus environment.

The IAC offers educational and social programming and provides 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.

Intercultural Affairs Council

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Events with IAC Support

The IAC has cosponsored the following events in previous years: 

  • 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

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
  • Matthew Makomenaw, 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
  • Sarah Scott Chang, Resource Office on Disabilities 

IAC Bias/Assault Reporting and Response

Yale is firmly committed to equal opportunity and diversity and to fostering an environment of civility and intellectual discovery in which all students can thrive. The university does not condone racial or sexual harassment or any other act of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.

For an overview of the reporting/response procedures, guidance, support, pertinent policies and laws, please visit the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs Website

Below is a summary of steps to report incidents of discrimination, harassment or assault:

Reporting & Response

The university has procedures for reporting bias-related incidents. Any student, employee, or applicant for programs or employment at Yale who is concerned about affirmative action, equal opportunity, sexual/racial harassment, or fairness in admissions or employment at Yale, either in a general sense or with respect to their own situation, is encouraged to contact the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs.

Talking about a problem with a member of the Office is not a part of any formal grievance procedure. The Office will inform individuals about the University’s grievance procedures for students and employees. In such cases as the individual is not part of a group to which a formal grievance procedure applies, the Office will review a complaint. All inquiries are treated in a confidential manner.

For more information on the formal grievance procedure, please visit the Resources for Students to Address Discrimination and Harassment Concerns and the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs websites.

Reporting Sexual Misconduct (Including Harassment) 

The University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct is designed to address allegations of sexual misconduct of every kind and is available to all students, faculty, and staff across the University according to the guidelines described in the Committee’s procedures. Anyone who believes he or she may have been subjected to sexual misconduct is encouraged to contact the SHARE Center (203-432-2000), the Yale Police Department (203-432-4400), or the New Haven Police Department (203-946-6316). For detailed information on all of Yale’s services, resources, and mechanisms for victims of sexual misconduct, please consult the Sexual Misconduct Response website.

Other Resources

  • Yale College students may also contact the head/dean of their residential college or their cultural/affinity center dean/director for assistance in accessing the appropriate resources.
  • Students in the School of Medicine community can confidentially contact the Office of the Ombudsperson at its confidential line: 203-737-4100.  The Ombuds’ Office provides a source of support for students, faculty, trainees, and staff who want to develop options for addressing a particular concern, or who may wish to consider learning how to deal with problems of their own.

IAC Funding Guidelines 

The IAC Funding Committee offers funding for events that support its mission of respect and inclusivity. The Committee seeks events that showcase and explore the rich cultural resources our campus enjoys—with the understanding that culture refers not only to race and ethnicity but also to the multitude of unique and distinct groups here at Yale. 


  • The IAC Funding Committee will award no more than $250 for an event.
  • The event needs to be collaborative (i.e., at least two groups organizing the event)
  • IAC funding applications must be submitted by undergraduates. Graduate student organizations may contact us at for information on seeking campus funding.
  • The proposed event must be free and open to the public.
  • The IAC will not contribute to fundraisers.
  • Application must be submitted at least 10 business days before the event
  • Proposals for events that have already happened will not be considered.
  • If the event is approved, there must be an acknowledgement of the IAC’s contribution on the event’s promotional materials (flyers, emails, etc.).
  • The application must state the organization’s other funding sources.

Applying for Co-Sponsorship from the Intercultural Affairs Council 

The IAC seeks to co-sponsor events that connect two or more undergraduate organizations and that promote intercultural understanding. Proposals must have at least two other funding sponsors*. Interested student organizations should send a brief description of the event to the IAC Funding Committee at  

The application should include:

  • Name of event
  • Date and time of event
  • Contact person and organization
  • Requested amount of funding from IAC
  • A detailed budget that includes a list of other sponsors/funding sources
  • Any other relevant materials

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but must be submitted at least 10 business days before the event’s date. IAC co-sponsorships are typically in the range of $250 or less.

*sponsors are student organizations or Yale centers/institutions/programs that are also providing funding for the event in addition to the IAC.