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Valentine's Day Card Making & Crafting!

Monday, Feb 12, 5 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Have you ever handmade a Valentine's Day card? Or celebrated Valentine's Day? Join us for a night of crafting and card making at the OISS and walk away with unique cards to give to your favorites on Valentine's Day. We will provide all of the craft materials you need, along with a few chocolates to sustain you throughout the evening!

We'll be collecting a $2 donation for our Arts & Crafts fund at the door, so please bring cash with you.

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Understanding America: The Civil Rights Movement – Here and Everywhere

Tuesday, Feb 6, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

In honor of Black History Month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are kicking off our spring semester with a discussion on the Civil Rights Movement, both historically and where it stands today. To lead this discussion, we have three incredible PhD students who all specialize in different areas of the movement; Amanda Hall and Anna Duensing from the Department of History and African American Studies, and Pedro Regalado from the American Studies Department. Throughout the evening, we will...

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ISPY Visit to Yale Health, Spring 2018

Friday, Jan 26, 2 pm
Yale Health, 55 Lock Street

As part of our ISPY Orientation, we have arranged a separate visit to Yale Health!

Join us for a guided tour and information session of Yale Health and learn about the different services they provide, what you have access to, and how to start using your health care.

The tours will be led by members of Yale Health's team, and they are happy to answer any questions that you might have as you are adjusting to healthcare in the United States.

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International Spouses and Partners at Yale (ISPY) Orientation - Spring 2018

Jan 18 - Jan 19
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Are you in New Haven with a husband, wife, or partner who is studying or working at Yale? Then we invite you to join the International Spouses and Partners at Yale (ISPY) community and our 2 day orientation on January 18th and 19th!

At our ISPY orientation, you will meet other spouses & partners and learn more about the opportunities and resources available to you at Yale and in New Haven. Our ISPY community is excited to meet you, share their experiences, and introduce you to...

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Welcome Back Beer Tasting

Friday, Jan 26, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Whether you're returning from the winter break or you're new to Yale, the OISS would like to officially welcome you (back) to New Haven - and what better way to do that than an American beer tasting?

Craft beer culture has taken the U.S. by storm in the last 15 years, and Conneticut is on the forefront of this phenomenon with more than 50 breweries in the state! Join us as OISS' own Sean O'Brien guides us through a tasting of a variety of beers, from a crisp Belgian to a nice heavy...

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Winter Wellness: Yoga & Meditation 4

Wednesday, Feb 28, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

This winter, don't let the weather keep you at home! Join us at the OISS for four indoor yoga and meditation sessions, complete with coffee and tea to warm you up before the workout. This series will be led by the amazing Tracy George, a Yale Health Educator, who also runs the Koru Mindfulness series across campus.

This event is BYOM (bring your own mat), or you can simply practice on the carpet.

The sessions are free and open to the Yale community, but you must register in...

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Winter Wellness: Yoga & Meditation 3

Wednesday, Feb 14, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

This winter, don't let the weather keep you at home! Join us at the OISS for four indoor yoga and meditation sessions, complete with coffee and tea to warm you up before the workout. This series will be led by the amazing Tracy George, a Yale Health Educator, who also runs the Koru Mindfulness series across campus.

This event is BYOM (bring your own mat), or you can simply practice on the carpet.

The sessions are free and open to the Yale community, but you must register in...

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Winter Wellness: Yoga & Meditation 2

Wednesday, Jan 31, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

This winter, don't let the weather keep you at home! Join us at the OISS for four indoor yoga and meditation sessions, complete with coffee and tea to warm you up before the workout. This series will be led by the amazing Tracy George, a Yale Health Educator, who also runs the Koru Mindfulness series across campus.

This event is BYOM (bring your own mat), or you can simply practice on the carpet.

The sessions are free and open to the Yale community, but you must register in...

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Winter Wellness: Yoga & Meditation 1

Wednesday, Jan 24, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

This winter, don't let the weather keep you at home! Join us at the OISS for four indoor yoga and meditation sessions, complete with coffee and tea to warm you up before the workout. This series will be led by the amazing Tracy George, a Yale Health Educator, who also runs the Koru Mindfulness series across campus.

This event is BYOM (bring your own mat), or you can simply practice on the carpet.

The sessions are free and open to the Yale community, but you must register in...

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IRIS Run for Refugees, OISS & YPA Team

Sunday, Feb 4, 10 am
181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven, CT 06511

Run, jog, or walk with us this February to support refugees in our community!

Join the OISS & YPA team for the IRIS Run for Rufugees. This annual fundraiser helps to raise public awareness of the U.S. refugee resettlement program and vital funds to support services for refugees who are starting new lives here in Connecticut. 2018 marks the 11th time IRIS has held the event, and last year they had over 2,500 runners who enjoyed the scenic 5k walk/run in East Rock Park in New...

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English Conversation & ISPY Potluck!

Friday, Dec 8, 12:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

As the semester comes to a close, we wanted to celebrate another successful semester of our English Conversation and ISPY Groups!

If you are an active participant in our daily English Conversation Groups or a member of one of our incredible ISPY (International Spouses & Partners at Yale) programs, please join us on Friday, December 8th from 12:30-1:30pm for some food, fun, and conversation. The OISS will provide salad and pasta, and we ask that you bring a dish to share with...

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TableTop Day: Fundraiser Edition

Saturday, Dec 2, 3 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

For our last game night of the semester, join us for a fundraiser in support of AYUDH Change, an initiative to support educational empowerment efforts in Haiti, India, the Philippines, and Kenya. 100% of the money collected will go towards sending children in need to school. We will ask for a suggested donation of $10/person at the door or you can donate directly to AYUDH through their Venmo account - @AYUDH-Change. In return, you'll be rewarded with delicious Indian food from Tikkaway and...

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Desserts from Around the World with Sanctuary Kitchen & OISS

Thursday, Nov 16, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

We are thrilled to be partnering with Sanctuary Kitchen for an evening of cross-cultural sharing with refugee cooks from Syria, Iraq, and the Sudan. 

We will be introducing everyone to a few traditional Thanksgiving desserts, and then each cook will bring an authentic dessert that is popular in their home country. Throughout the evening, we will be sampling: 

Basbousa (Sudan) - a traditional sweet cake made from semolina, drizzled with sweet syrup Ma’amoul (Iraq) -...
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Sold Out: Thanksgiving at Home

Thursday, Nov 23, All Day
Varies by host

Each November, the OISS makes special arrangements for interested international students and scholars (and their families) to join a local family for Thanksgiving dinner. This is one of our favorite traditions, and a great opportunity to experience an American holiday with a local family. Our hosts come from a variety of backgrounds in the Yale community, each with their own set of family traditions.

We do our best to place as many students and scholars as possible, but we cannot...

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Koru Mindfulness at OISS

Wednesday, Nov 8, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Stressed? Can't sleep? Trouble focusing? Enroll in Koru Mindfulness, a four-week course designed to teach busy students basic mindfulness and meditation skills. The curriculum is evidence-based and shown to increase sleep quality, decrease stress and improve self-compassion and gratitude. Students are required to attend all four class meetings and dedicate just 10 minutes per day to formal meditation practice.

A required text, The Mindful Twenty-Something, is available on Amazon...

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Understanding America: Inside Local Government - Guided Tour of City Hall

Thursday, Nov 30, 5:30 pm
City Hall, 161 Church Street

For our final session of the fall, join us for a discussion about U.S. local government and a guided tour of New Haven's City Hall. Not only is City Hall a beautiful piece of architecture on The Green, but the heart and mind of New Haven's government operations. Al Lucas, the Director of Legislative Services, will guide us through the building as we discuss the legislative process, the types of issues that local government handles, political debates, and voting procedures. We know that...

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Uma's Afternoon: Guided Tour of the Yale University Art Gallery

Friday, Nov 10, 3:30 pm
Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street

Join OISS staff member, Uma Shankar, and Yale University Art Gallery staff for a one hour guided tour of the Yale University Art Gallery, the oldest University Art Museum in the Western Hemisphere, founded in 1832 when John Trumbull donated more than 100 of his paintings to Yale College. The Yale Art Gallery has since expanded to become a major art museum with holdings from virtually all national schools and important periods in the history of art.

The Gallery has well over 200,000...

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MakeHaven Tour & Workshop

Tuesday, Nov 14, 5:30 pm
MakeHaven, 266 State Street

Do you like building and crafting cool things? Interested in electronics, 3D printing, or beer brewing? Join us for a tour of New Haven's own "makerspace" at MakeHaven. We'll have a guided tour of all of the awesome machines and tools, followed by a short Q&A with Chief Maker J.R. Logan. MakeHaven is in the arts district of downtown and contains an electronics workbench, wood shop, crafting area, 3D printers, a laser cutter, CNC wood mill, metal CNC, vacuum former, and a...

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Spooky Pumpkin Carving Social

Thursday, Oct 19, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it's pumpkin carving season in the States! Join us for a special workshop for VARs and Student Interns at Yale, where we will teach you how to carve your very own Jack O’ Lantern. The workshop will be led by our OISS Pumpkin Carving expert, Sarah Solarski, who's won multiple pumpkin carving competitions in Guilford, CT throughout the years!

The ticket price includes your own pumpkin, carving tools, fall treats, and endless amounts...

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Privacy Lab: Digital Self-Defense

Thursday, Nov 2, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Are you an international student or scholar concerned about your online privacy? Learn Digital Self-Defense from the team at Privacy Lab, a new initiative of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. We'll talk about cybersecurity on campus, elsewhere inside the U.S., and while traveling. *Please bring your laptops and mobile devices.*

We'll cover best-practices for daily tasks like Web searches and handling passwords. You'll learn how to use secure software on the...

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ISPY Halloween Trick-or-Treating

Tuesday, Oct 31, 3:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Calling all Halloween lovers and candy consumers!

You are formally invited to our annual Halloween Trick-or-Treating event at the OISS from 3:30-5:00pm on Tuesday, October 31st. It will be spooky and maybe a little scary, but age appropriate for all! Please bring your little ones (costumes highly encouraged) so they can collect candy as they do their rounds around the various offices. Our neighbors across the street at Helen Hadley Hall are also ready to welcome you after you stop...

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Tour of Sacred Spaces at Yale

Friday, Oct 27, 3:30 pm
Battell Chapel, 400 College St

The OISS is partnering with the Chaplain's Office to take you on a tour of Yale's sacred spaces. Join us for a 1.5 hour walking tour where we will visit Yale's Buddhist Shrine, Musalla, Hindu Prayer Room, Battell Chapel, Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, and the Saint Thomas More Catholic Center & Chapel. We will end at the Chaplain's Office in old campus with free ice cream and a chance to ask questions.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover new spots...

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Understanding America: Post-Industrial Cities – A New Haven Case Study

Tuesday, Oct 24, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Join us for our second session of our Understanding America series, led by Peter Crumlish, the Executive Director and General Secretary of Dwight Hall, Yale’s student-led center for public service and social justice. In this session we will explore New Haven’s recent history as it transitioned from an industrial hub to a post-industrial city, and how this has impacted the socioeconomic make-up of the urban area from the mid-20th century onward. We will examine housing and zoning issues,...

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Navigating Immigration: How to Talk to Employers about H-1B Sponsorship

Thursday, Oct 12, 4 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

This year OISS will host several information sessions in a series called Navigating Immigration. This first session is intended for students who will soon graduate and are looking at career options in the U.S. Although for most the starting point is to apply for F-1 Optional Practical Training - this session will look beyond that and help plan for the future. Topics will include how to research whether or not an employer has sponsored H-1B employees in the past, the costs associated with...

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American Football 101: Yale vs. Columbia

Saturday, Oct 28, 11:30 am
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Have you ever been to an American football game? Well here's your chance! On Saturday, October 28th, we are co-hosting a program with a New York City non-profit, One To World, to bring together international students from Columbia University and other schools in the area for the Yale vs. Columbia football game! We will teach everyone the basics of American football and then cheer on the Bulldogs at the game. There will be fight songs, cheerleaders, and a marching band...what more could you...

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