The Center collaborates with a range of partners at Yale, in New Haven, and beyond. We connect with our local community and with communities elsewhere through public events, interdisciplinary programs, and targeted initiatives supporting youth leadership and engagement, public history, and the arts.
The Center aims to collaborate with centers, departments, organizations, and programs across the University on individual events or activities as well as series and other sustained initiatives. A list of frequent partners may be viewed on the right-hand side of this page. On-campus organizations or individuals looking to share an idea or opportunity with the Center community do so on our “share your ideas” form. Requests for sponsorship are handled via the Center’s sponsorship request form.
New Haven-Based Projects
In addition to hosting events open to the New Haven community, the Center actively looks for opportunities to engage with our community in meaningful ways. In 2017 the Center launched a partnership with the Long Wharf Theatre and the New Haven Free Public Library that links the work of scholars on campus with productions at the theater and members of the local community. Meanwhile, students taking Ethnicity, Race, and Migration program courses like Professor Alicia Schmidt Camacho’s “Latina/o New Haven” (ER&M 311) and Professor Laura Barraclough’s “Race, Class, and Gender in American Cities” (ER&M 226) have the opportunity to enhance their in-classroom experience with community-based learning in New Haven.
As a participant in the larger partnership between Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution, the Center has built connections between the Yale campus and Smithsonian curators, centers, and museums. The Center has hosted Smithsonian representatives on campus and partnered with the Smithsonian Latino Center to pilot a museum internship program for Yale doctoral students in which the students spent four weeks working with Smithsonian curators on upcoming exhibitions and on-going projects.
Youth Leadership and Engagement
The Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement, established by the Center in 2016, honors high school juniors around the United States with distinguished records of service and leadership and experience addressing important societal issues.
The Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (YIPAP), housed within the Center, runs a Young Native Storytellers Contest that supports indigenous youth nationwide, who are interested in playwriting, spoken word, storytelling, songwriting, music, and dance.
In 2017, the Center partnered with the Yale Office of New Haven & State Affairs and their “Pathways to the Arts and Humanities” initiative as they launched MOSAIC (Minds On Society, Arts, Ideas & Culture), a lecture series for local middle and high school students.