Yale Students Invite New Haven Residents to Communiversity Day
Communiversity Day, a celebration that brings together the New Haven and Yale communities, will take place on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Yale’s Cross Campus, bounded by High, College, Wall and Elm streets.
The event is free and open to all.
A long-established tradition, Communiversity Day will include free food, entertainment by Yale performers, games and demonstrations for children. A wide variety of local non-profit and volunteer groups will be represented, in addition to Yale organizations. Representatives from these groups will host activities and disseminate information about the services they provide to the community.
Last year, over one thousand people came to Communiversity Day. This year, Alpha Phi Omega, the co-ed service fraternity that coordinates the event, hopes to encourage an even greater turnout.
“I can think of no event on the Yale campus more conducive to promoting meaningful interaction between members of Yale and New Haven. By bringing together students and New Haven citizens, we hope to demonstrate that they are not just neighbors, but members of one community,” says Heather Robinson, a sophomore who serves as co-president of Alpha Phi Omega. A psychology major, she studies cognitive biases in non-human primates. She is also a marketing director for GoCrossCampus, a reporter for the Yale Daily News and a research assistant at the Yale School of Management.
“Communiversity Day is one of the only events on campus that tries to make Yale a truly inviting place to New Haven residents,” says Catie Haar, co-president of Alpha Phi Omega. “By opening our gates and having an event geared towards interaction, we hope to further break down the unspoken barrier between New Haven and our university.” A sophomore planning to major in English, she hopes to attend medical school after graduation. Catie is a staff editor for the Yale Undergraduate Magazine, the managing editor of the Davenport Literary Magazine, a member of the Women’s Club Basketball team and a research assistant at Yale School of Medicine.