Global Message – March 2022

Dear colleagues,

It’s been a busy month as we head into the final stretch of the spring semester and I’d like to take a moment to provide some updates and share some information.

I had a great visit to Singapore over spring break — my first trip outside our time zone in over two years. In addition, we had a wonderful Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights by Jocelyn Samuels at the law school, and a very informative antiracism session facilitated by Dr. Whitney Peoples. I was pleased to see so many of you, both at these events and around campus in the past few weeks.

I recently listened to an episode of the Yale Talk Podcast, ‘Crafting Your Job Into A Calling’ in which the School of Management’s professor Amy Wrzesniewski joined President Salovey to discuss how people find meaning and satisfaction in their work. As we all embark on the next chapter of our work together at Yale, the contributions that so many of you make every day to promote international understanding and academic engagement remains crucial. I hope we continue to find meaning in our work as we connect anew with each other in-person.

I hope to see you around campus as the weather gradually warms.

With best regards,
Pericles

Vice President for Global Strategy
Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature
Yale University


Yale’s workplace guidance 
Please continue to keep up-to-date with  workplace guidance by visiting the It’s Your Yale website, where a compilation of all Workplace Announcements regarding COVID-related information can be found.

Global Lunch and Reading Club (GLARC) 
A new Global Lunch and Reading Club will meet 12:00-1:00 pm every other Wednesday, May 11 through August 17, 2022. Register now to join colleagues in dynamic discussions about belonging, justice, equity, and more. During registration, you will have a chance to help select GLARC’s books, articles, videos, podcasts, etc. Invite your friends and colleagues in the Global Division and Academic Initiatives Group to join! Lunch will be provided. Questions? Email asia.neupane@yale.edu or nathan.camp@yale.edu

Newsletter features Yale’s latest international activities 
The March edition of Global Engagement News can be read by visiting the Yale and the World website. You may also subscribe to a variety of newsletters highlighting our global initiatives by visiting the Yale Subscription Center.

Global Message – February 2022

Dear colleagues,

I write with a brief update this month and want to begin by conveying my deep appreciation for the work you are doing as we continue to achieve our goals throughout the Global Strategy and Academic Initiatives group.

Just as we are experiencing the good news of the Omicron wave receding on our campus, news of the invasion of Ukraine brings a heightened sense of uncertainty and unease. My grandmother was born in Poltava, Ukraine, and I have read some of the sad twentieth-century history of the region. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the conflict. Many of you may have joined in yesterday’s moving vigil for peace organized by President Salovey, Secretary Goff-Crews and Chaplain Kugler.  The work that so many of you do every day to promote international understanding remains crucial. I am especially grateful to those in the Office of International Students and Scholars who have reached out to students from Ukraine, Russia, and other nearby countries to offer support.

You may have also read in Yale News about the recent publication of the unit plan details for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at Yale. I am pleased to share with you a link to our unit plan’s infographic and I invite you to please contact members of our planning committee if you would like to share your thoughts, contribute ideas, or get involved. All are most welcome!

Finally, there is still time to register to participate in the March 10th antiracism session facilitated by Dr. Whitney Peoples. In addition, I’d like to also draw your attention to another upcoming opportunity for professional development on March 7th when the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights will be given by Jocelyn Samuels, Vice Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her lecture is titled, ‘Fighting Workplace Discrimination: Lessons Learned, Challenges Ahead’ and is a fitting topic as the ‘Belonging at Yale’ initiative begins a month-long focus on Women’s History.

I hope to see you at either of these events, or around campus as the weather begins to warm.

With warm regards,
Pericles

Vice President for Global Strategy
Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature
Yale University


Events, Gatherings & Meetings 
The university has adjusted the events, gatherings, and meetings policy to allow for greater activity on campus. Gatherings are allowed without the need for approval by the  Health and Safety Leader (HSL) or the COVID Review Team if they adhere to Safer Yale Practices. Read the details by visiting the COVID-19 website.

Requirements for being on campus after travel 
If you plan to travel over Spring break or otherwise, please note there are specific requirements and testing obligations depending on your vaccination status and whether you have traveled domestically or internationally. For details of this guidance, please visit Yale’s Covid-19 website to review university travel policy.

January 2022 mask guidance still in effect
Yale University guidance now states that at this time a cloth mask is not recommended, except as an over-mask when double-masking. Please visit the Environmental Health and Safety website for mask guidance details.

Additional workplace guidance 
Please stay tuned for further information and announcements related to workplace guidance by visiting the It’s Your Yale website, where a compilation of all Workplace Announcements regarding COVID-related information can be found.

Stay up to date on Yale’s latest international activities 
You may subscribe to a variety of newsletters highlighting our global initiatives by visiting the Yale Subscription Center.

Global Message – January 2022

Dear colleagues,

I am looking forward to our work together as the Spring 2022 semester gets underway and students, faculty, and staff continue to return to campus over the next two weeks. Fortunately, it seems that by many measures we have passed the peak of the Omicron wave. Nonetheless, it remains important to adhere to Yale’s COVID precautions and guidance, which have been updated to reflect the latest public health information. Please be sure to consult the information posted to the websites linked below to read the latest advice.

As you know, our work together to address Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at Yale is an ongoing effort and each of us plays an important role. In addition to the opportunities for individual professional learning that have been gathered and shared at the Global Belonging website by our unit’s DEIB committee, I am pleased to share with you an opportunity for all of us to participate in an antiracism professional development session facilitated by Dr. Whitney Peoples entitled ‘Naming & Disrupting Cultures & Practices of Whiteness: Transforming Teaching & Learning Contexts.’

This online session, hosted by the Poorvu Center, will take place on March 10th at 1pm (see further details, below). It is designed to introduce participants to the critical race framework of whiteness and its relevance to broader DEIB efforts within the Global Division of a curricular, instructional, and structural nature. Dr. Peoples is a feminist scholar and facilitator who serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and in this role has led exemplary efforts focused on issues of equity and justice in higher education.

I am grateful to the organizers of this session for making this opportunity available to our whole division. Please plan to participate and be sure to fill out your registration (at the link below) as soon as possible so we may appropriately plan the session with Dr. Peoples. I hope to see you there!

With warm regards,
Pericles

Vice President for Global Strategy
Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature
Yale University


Vaccination and booster requirements 
All faculty and staff must document their vaccination and booster status in the university’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Database. Please note that booster shots must be obtained by January 31, 2022 (or within 7 days of eligibility if you are not eligible by January 31, 2022). Please check your vaccination and booster status in the university’s records. To schedule a vaccine or booster, or for additional information about requirements, visit the Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program webpage or call the Campus COVID Resource Line for assistance at 203-432-6604.

Requirements for being on campus after travel 
If you have traveled recently there are specific requirements and testing obligations depending on your vaccination status and whether you have traveled domestically or internationally. For details of this guidance, please visit Yale’s Covid-19 website to review university travel policy.

January 2022 updates to mask guidance 
Yale University guidance now states that at this time a cloth mask is not recommended, except as an over-mask when double-masking. Please visit the Environmental Health and Safety website for mask guidance details.

Additional workplace guidance 
Please stay tuned for further information and announcements related to workplace guidance by visiting the It’s Your Yale website, where a compilation of all Workplace Announcements regarding COVID-related information can be found.

Stay up to date on Yale’s latest international activities 
You may subscribe to a variety of newsletters highlighting our global initiatives by visiting the Yale Subscription Center.

Global Message – December 2021

Dear colleagues,

As the year draws to a close and we take some well-deserved time to rest and recharge over the winter break, I am wishing you all the best for the New Year. May it be filled with joy and good health for you and your loved ones.

Over the break, as always, please be sure to consult the information posted to the websites linked below to read all the latest advice regarding Yale’s Health Guidelines. Your careful and ongoing adherence to the measures in place to guard against COVID-19 will be key — and is most appreciated.

I am looking forward to our work together in 2022!

With warm regards,
Pericles

Vice President for Global Strategy
Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature
Yale University

COVID Health and Safety Updates 
An important December 20, 2021 Message from the COVID-19 Coordinator focused on steps we can all take in light of the emergence of the omicron variant to enjoy the winter break while staying as safe as possible. Some additional links include:

• COVID vaccine additional doses and boosters – To learn more or to schedule a shot, visit Yale Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program, or the CT.gov Vaccine Portal.
• Workplace guidance – As we prepare for January, please stay tuned for further information and announcements. As a reminder, a compilation of all Workplace Announcements regarding COVID-related information can be found on It’s Your Yale website.

• Winter break travel – Many of us are thinking about travel to see family and friends, as well as university-related travel over the winter break and next semester. The university urges travelers to assess risks prior to travel and deploy safe practices during travel. Please review Yale’s Travel Policy, which applies to personal and university-related travel, and for international travel, complete the Yale Self-Assessment for International Travel, which will guide you through required preparation.
• The Yale COVID-19 Information website also has a helpful guide to safer COVID-19 travel practices and testing and quarantine requirements.

Stay up to date on Yale’s latest international activities
The December edition of Global Engagement News, highlighting some of Yale’s most recent international activities, can be viewed online. You may subscribe to this and other newsletters by visiting the Yale Subscription Center.

There’s still time to participate in the 2021-22 Yale-United Way campaign
Thanks to the generosity of Yale faculty and staff members, United Way of Greater New Haven continues to address emerging community needs, helping over 100,000 people navigate the pandemic. As you consider year-end giving, you may make a one-time donation or setup recurring payroll deductions by visiting the Yale-United Way portal.

Global Message – November 2021

 

Global Message – October 2021

Global Message – September 2021

Dear colleagues,

Now that autumn has begun and the semester is fully underway, I am so pleased to see our students welcomed back to campus for in-person teaching and learning. To read an overview and see some photos, here is a link to a Yale News article: With precautions in place, campus life at Yale starts to look familiar.

As Scott Strobel and Jack Callahan described in their September 22nd message outlining the continued transition to regular on-campus work schedules, your careful and ongoing adherence to the measures in place to guard against COVID-19 will be key — and is most appreciated. Please use the links below to review some additional timely information and the most up-to-date guidance to help you remain fully prepared as we work together to keep our campus workplace safe. If you should have questions or concerns, please contact either Holly Piscatelli or Meg O’Brien, our Health and Safety Leaders.

As our work continues to adapt and adjust, I’d like to draw your attention to my recent newsletter highlighting some of Yale’s ongoing international activities, which can be viewed here: Global Engagement News – September 2021. You may want to explore and subscribe to this and other newsletters by visiting the Yale Subscription Center.

As always, I am looking forward to our work together as your creative energy and dedication help us apply what we have learned from this challenging time to build a more resilient university.

With warm regards,
Pericles

Vice President for Global Strategy
Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature
Yale University


Global Message – August 2021

Global Message – July 2021