January 21st, 2012 | University

Gift cards will be raffled off at training sessions

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Melanie Boyd ’90.
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Melanie Boyd ’90. Photo by Joy Shan.

Student leaders who attend next week’s leadership training sessions will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift card for their organization, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Melanie Boyd ’90 said in a Friday email.

Three $100 gift cards to local restaurants will be raffled at each session. The raffle is intended to encourage student leaders to register for the mandatory 75-minute training. Administrators will hold training Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; students are only required to attend one of the three sessions.

“The idea is that the winning organizations can do something fun [with their members],” Boyd said. “Our goal is to work with student leaders to build the skills necessary for a safer campus.”

The training sessions are part of administrative efforts to improve Yale’s sexual climate. Though the sessions will discuss effective leadership strategies, they will also address appropriate responses to sexual misconduct and hazing. Each registered campus organization will be required to send at least three representatives.

Boyd said that 271 of 392 registered student organizations, 76 unregistered groups and various athletic teams have already signed up for the sessions.

But she added that she was “worried’ about the registered organizations that have not yet signed up for the training, since groups that fail to attend the sessions will lose their registered status. Unregistered groups cannot apply for University funding, reserve rooms or participate in the extracurricular bazaar during Bulldog Days and freshman orientation.