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Student experiences


Through the Summer Stipend Program, A Leg Even allows first-generation and low-income students to pursue their global and domestic interests without financial burden. A.L.E. supports study abroad, internship, and independent research experiences through stipends ranging from $1,000-$2,000. 

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Student experiences


Through the Summer Stipend Program, A Leg Even allows first-generation and low-income students to pursue their global and domestic interests without financial burden. A.L.E. supports study abroad, internship, and independent research experiences through stipends ranging from $1,000-$2,000. 

Marie Gaye, Yale Summer Session in Bilbao, Spain 

Marie Gaye, Yale Summer Session in Bilbao, Spain 

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Marie gaye

 Yale Summer session in bilbao, spain

This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in Bilbao, Spain. Through this program, I was able to gain a tremendous amount of skills in the Spanish language and also learn very much about the rich history and culture of Spain and País Vasco. My experience was made possible due to the generosity of the A Leg Even program at Yale

In my time in Spain, I was able to greatly improve my Spanish skills. I only started learning Spanish a year ago, but thanks to my immersive experience, I can now speak Spanish fluently and am ready for an advanced level class at Yale. Even better, I learned about the history and culture of Spain and País Vasco in particular. Bilbao, which is in País Vasco, (Basque Country) Spain, is a beautiful intersection of different cultures, which has made for an incredible rich experience.

In addition to taking classes at the World renowned University of Deusto, each weekend, our class went on excursions to nearby cities and points of interest in Spain. I was able to visit Burgos, San Juan de Luz, Zugarramurdi, Pamplona, and San Sebastian. I was also able to visit Barcelona during our free weekend, which has been a dream of mine, since watching the iconic scene in the Cheetah Girls!

I am incredibly grateful for the incredible experience I had in Bilbao this summer. I was exposed to a rich culture whilst learning a language that will undoubtedly be useful to me in my future. This experience would not have been possible without support from A Leg Even. Experiences of this kind are costly, from New Haven Housing to weekend excursions. I am grateful that there exists an amazing support system like A Leg Even that looks out for first-gen and low income students at Yale.

Transcending financial obstacles


Transcending financial obstacles


Aaliyah Ibrahim, Yale student and fellow SIT student, and Caro Vera (left to right).

Aaliyah Ibrahim, Yale student and fellow SIT student, and Caro Vera (left to right).

Hippos at Murchison Falls National Park.

Hippos at Murchison Falls National Park.

caro vera 

School for International Training (SIT): Uganda and Rwanda

 

Had it not been for the A.L.E stipend, I would not have been able to volunteer at the Lambda Archives of San Diego, a nonprofit archive which collects, preserves, and teaches the LGBTQ history of San Diego and Northern Baja California. I worked at Lambda Archives during the month of August as a collections processor. I sorted through a collection donated by Diane Germain, a former staffer at Lambda Archives, on behalf of Muriel Fisher (April 11, 1919 - February 26, 2005). Muriel Fisher was a lesbian feminist and handweaving artist who was actively involved with the jewish, lesbian, theater, and handcraft communities and the intersections of these communities during her time in San Diego.

Processing her collection meant sorting through her materials, dividing them into logical categories, and creating a finding aid to input into the Lambda Archives database for interested researchers. This experience was valuable to me as it provided experience in the field of archiving, a career I am currently considering for after my time at Yale. Volunteering at Lambda Archives also gave me the opportunity to aid in preserving LGBTQ history which, as someone who dreams of working to preserve the histories of marginalized communities, gave me a strong sense of fulfillment. I was able to learn more about San Diegan/Southern Californian LGBTQ history and make the information more accessible for those who come after me. The A.L.E stipend funded an opportunity that served as both career experience and community service; it allowed me to transcend financial obstacles and pursue an internship that will come to shape my aspirations for the future.