The West Campus community is characterized by lively intellectual interactions and initiatives involving faculty, staff, and students from a variety of departments and disciplines.
The Urban Farm provides Nursing students and researchers an opportunity to explore new medicinal plants and herb breakthroughs, while also offering a refuge to the community to share and harvest. West Campus’ nature trails and open spaces serve as a laboratory for local grade school students to study nature and observe wildlife. They also offer a haven to various Yale undergraduate groups to actualize opportunities, not obtainable elsewhere. With dedicated outreach in the communities of West Haven and Orange, the West Campus is continuing the University’s “good neighbor” approach as exemplified in the United Way efforts, participation in the communities’ rotary boards and most recently, the acceptance of the Peck Place Elementary School to West Campus.
Yale West Campus is already a vibrant center for research, and it continues to grow. The farm mirrors this dynamic nature by welcoming the present community to participate while also maintaining the capacity to serve new groups and ideas at Yale West Campus. The goal of the Farm is to serve community, research, as well as teaching on West Campus. more
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History offers numerous programs to the communities surrounding Yale University. K-12 school programs support statewide science curriculum standards and make use of the Peabody Museum collections, West Campus nature trails, and educational facilities at the Museum’s Community Education Center, located at 230 West Campus Drive in Orange. more
Yale West Campus places an emphasis on outreach in the West Haven and Orange communities. One of their efforts includes fundraising for the University’s United Way campaign through annual bake offs, “Buy a Y” campaigns, and basket raffles. The campus is also very active in supporting organizations and schools in the West Haven and Orange communities such as their membership on both the Orange and West Haven Rotaries and Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, in the spirit of “outreach”, Yale West Campus recently became the temporary home to Peck Place Elementary School (Orange) after asbestos was found in their facilities, accepting 375 students and 50 teachers and staff to Yale to complete their school year while their building was being repaired.
The presence and involvement of undergraduates, graduate students, and post doctoral fellows is essential to the development of the Yale West Campus community. The university’s student population sees it as a concrete resource for student activities. For instance, Yale West Campus is now home to Yale’s International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) student teams. The international program is dedicated to education and competition of undergraduates and the advancement of synthetic biology. The campus also became the host to the university’s first official hack-a-thon, which was a student organized event that brought more than 900 inspired students to Yale with the goal of developing new technology. Other undergraduate projects have also been hosted at Yale West Campus with the goal in mind to build a stronger student presence and to lend support to undergraduate development at Yale. YPL’s Rocket Launch mission, the Vlock Building project, the Yale Bee Space at the Urban Farm and Yale’s first Solar Decathalon team are a few examples of this support.