Yale Schedules "Spring Break in New Haven"

New Haven, Conn. — For the first time, Yale University will offer its students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the City of New Haven during Spring Break. 

From March 10 through 15, about 20 students (mostly international undergraduates) will remain in New Haven to explore the strengths and consider the challenges of the city that hosts Yale. They will meet civic leaders who are making a difference and volunteer for community service projects, but mostly they will enjoy the delights of Yale’s host city.

Organizer Lina Zerbarini, associate rabbi at Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, says, “Most Yale students do not have a broad experience of New Haven. While many do volunteer throughout the city, service participants tend to see the need of the city and not its abundant resources. Spring Break in New Haven offers students from around the country and around the world an in-depth experience in the strengths and challenges of the city, as well as an opportunity to make a contribution.”

Among the treats in store for students who participate in Spring Break in New Haven are a performance of “Man of La Mancha” at Long Wharf Theatre, ice skating at Ralph Walker Rink, sky watching at the Yale Observatory, a bike trip to Lighthouse Point and dinners in a series of local restaurants.

Participants will take the Cityscape Tour and learn about New Haven from several speakers. Andrew Horowitz, director of the New Haven Oral History Project at Yale, will talk about the history of New Haven and the uses of oral history. The Reverend Bonita Grubbs, director of Christian Community Action (CCA), will introduce students to the non-profit agency that provides emergency food, housing and support to New Haven’s poor. Students will then have the opportunity to record the oral histories of some of CCA’s clients.

Chris George, director of Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services (IRIS) will speak about the city’s immigrant and refugee population, and students will assist at an IRIS after-school program for local children. Author Paul Bass and Warren Kimbro will speak about the Black Panther trial that inspired “Murder in the Model City,” a book co-authored by Bass and Douglas Rae, the Richard S. Ely Professor of Organization and Management. Kimbro plays a central role in the book.

Peter Stein, director of strategic planning at the Regional Growth Partnership, will speak on economic development in New Haven and Yale’s contribution to the economic health of the city.

Spring Break in New Haven is sponsored by Slifka Center, Dwight Hall, the Office of International Students and Scholars and the Office of New Haven and State Affairs, and organized by Rabbi Zerbarini. She can be reached at rabbi.lina@yale.edu or 432-8523.

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