The Caltech Y coordinates over 70 programs annually with a variety of programs each term; some designed to heighten awareness of ethical, social, and political issues; some to serve the community, and some just to promote fun and relaxation.
For a complete listing of upcoming events please check out our calendar. We also work as a resource for groups who want to plan campus events themselves. At the heart of Y programming is student leadership. Regardless of your level of experience or availability, the Y has an opportunity in leadership for you.
Below is our general program list to give you an idea of the types of programs the Caltech Y coordinates.
social & OUTREACH
Pre-Frosh social, Orientation activities, give aways/Y-wear - and other new social activities.
Activities and snacks on campus to help de-stress before finals week.
Outings to LA's diverse opportunities. We encourage students to get off campus with other students; e.g. trips to museums, plays, sporting events, musicals, and other outings.
LIFE SKILLS SERIES
A series of lunch talks or webinars that teach a variety of life skills (cooking, baking, other tutorials).
Pre-orientation adventure trip (Yosemite) for incoming grads & undergrads.
Multi-day trips to a variety of exciting venues including different state and national parks.
WILDERNESS FIRST AID
A Certification course available for students annually.
Day hikes, kayaking, bike treks, and other small adventure outings… plus the Adventure 101 lunch series featuring presentations by Caltech community on outdoor skills, venues, or opportunities that encourage self exploration.
cultural & educational
SCIENCE POLICY TRIP TO WASHINGTON, DC
This trip explores intersection of science & policy with dialogues with policy makers, science advisors, & lobbyists. Applications open annually in early October for the December trip.
This event highlights international student community through country-specific talks and programs; culminates in an international food fair and talent show.
Co-sponsored with Caltech International Offices.
Supports undergrad travel opportunities that promote professional & leadership development.
ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK
Trips focused on community service, civic engagement, or educational exploration; locations vary depending on student interest.
STUDENT ACTIVISM SPEAKER SERIES
Lectures and other forums highlighting issues of global, national, or local significance and/or organizations or activists making a difference.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMEMORATION WEEK
Annual event co-sponsored with Caltech Center for Inclusion and Diversity that includes talks, events, and service opportunities.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY
A day of service to increase awareness of community organizations, promote volunteerism.
A tutoring program for Pasadena Unified students, 6th-12th grade; year-long with summer SAT/ACT prep course.
ON-GOING COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
For on-going service programs; there may be some variation year-to-year depending on student interest; including programs such as Union Station Adopt-a-Meal/Brown Bag Lunch; Reading Partners; YWCA mentoring program.