Spouses & Partners Orientation Schedule

January 20 - 21, 2015

Are you in New Haven with your husband, wife or partner who is studying or working all day at Yale? Are you wondering what you’re going to do with your time? Come to this program January 20th-21st and meet other spouses & partners. Learn more about the opportunities and resources available to you at Yale and in New Haven. You are welcome to attend all or any portion of the orientation events, depending on your individual schedule and interests.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Welcome & Orientation Meeting
International Center (IC), 421 Temple Street
Light breakfast items and refreshments available. You'll have an opportunity to meet and interact with other new spouses and partners and learn more about resources at Yale, including those available through the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS).

10:00am Introduction to ISPY: Getting involved with the international community at Yale
International Center (IC), 421 Temple Street
During this session, you’ll meet members of the OISS staff, and learn about the best ways of getting involved in our international community at Yale. ISPY group coordinators will also be here to share their stories, and inform you on how to get involved with various interest groups, or create your own.
11:00am English Language Resources in New Haven and the nearby areas
International Center (IC), 421 Temple Street
Susan Wallace from the ERACE program in Branford, CT will be here to talk about opportunities to learn, practice and improve your English through ESL Programs (English as a Second Language). Our staff members will also cover a list of ESL resources in the New Haven area.
11:30am Lunch
Sitar Restaurant, 45 Grove St.
We’ll be going to one of New Haven’s best lunch deals. Yummy all-you-can-eat lunch buffet (bring $10 cash which includes tax and tip, or more if you order a beverage).
1:30pm - 2:30pm Yale Health Center (Group A Employees start at the Health Center, then switch to New Haven Reads afterwards)
55 Lock Street
Join a 20-minute tour of the Yale Health Center and find out about how to use your Yale Health coverage, as well as the many services offered at Yale Health, including translation services if you are not comfortable speaking English.
1:30pm - 2:30pm New Haven Reads (Group B Students start at New Haven Reads and then switch to the Yale Health center afterwards)4
45 Bristol Street
New Haven Reads provides an environment where children and adults
have access to free books and tutoring to increase their literacy skills and academic performance. A representative from New Haven Reads will give a brief tour of their space and introduce you to volunteer opportunities with the organization.
2:30pm Optional walk to a local Café for a coffee or hot chocolate.

Enjoy a hot beverage with us for a sweet end of the tour day!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
9:30am Meet @ IC (OISS)
International Center (IC), 421 Temple Street
Tea & refreshments available; we'll walk together to the McDougal Center, or you can meet the group there at 10:00am.
10:00am McDougal Center: Yale Police/Safety Session
320 York Street, McDougal Center, Room 119
Representatives from Yale Police and the Office of Public Safety will introduce you to the safety resources available to you at Yale and answer any questions you may have about living in New Haven.
11:00am McDougal Center Tour (Group A: Scholar-Spouses/Partners)
Group A: 320 York Street
See what resources and comfy spaces await you here at the McDougal Graduate Student Center (also open to postdocs and, most importantly, to spouses and families).
12:00pm Group B (switch)
11:00am Sterling Memorial Library (Group B: Students-Spouses/Partners)
120 High Street
This specially arranged hands-on orientation is to introduce you to the incredible resources Yale’s library has for you. Learn about the powerful databases for international news and articles. Learn how to access these from home. So whether you want to just keep up with what’s going on in the world or if you’re completing your own research, this session is for you!
12:30am Group A (switch)
11:30am Lunch, HGS Dining Hall
320 York Street
Graduate Student Life at the McDougal Center has invited new spouses
and partners to be their guests at the Dining Hall at the Graduate School immediately following the McDougal Center Tour. You must attend the tour in order to receive a free lunch ticket; all others pay $10.25 for lunch.
12:30pm Group B
1:30pm Payne Whitney Gym Tour
70 Tower Parkway
Visit one of the most complete units of indoor athletic facilities in the world, the nine and one half story PWG features training facilities, swimming pools, and individual classes, whether or not you decide to become a member.
2:30pm Optional walk towards the Yale Bookstore/Barnes & Noble Cafe
77 Broadway Street
Come along and have a hot beverage with the rest of the ISPY-ers. This walk is entirely optional.



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"It's wonderful meeting other spouses and partners who are in the same situation. It's nice to knowing you're not the only one struggling with adjusting to your new life as a 'dependent' of a Yale student or scholar. And many of the people I met at orientation ultimately became good friends."