Sotomayor to be honorary chair of 2015 Yale Day of Service on May 9

Yale alumna Sonia Sotmayor ’79 J.D., associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will serve as the honorary chair of the 2015 Yale Day of Service, President Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D. has announced.

Sonia Sotomayor ‘79 J.D., photo from the Supreme Court of the United States

The annual program, launched in 2009 by volunteers through the Association of Yale Alumni, provides an opportunity for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Yale to unite in community service at sites across the United States and around the world.

The day of service is part of ongoing civic efforts by regional Yale alumni groups and other alumni organizations and has been a catalyst for year-round service programs. Participants can register online for specific projects beginning in March. More than 4,000 alumni and friends took part in the 2014 Yale Day of Service, contributing their time and talents at 251 sites in 42 U.S. states and 20 other countries. Organizers note that students, faculty, staff, and friends of Yale are all welcome to join the event.

Salovey observed that Sotomayor’s “lifelong commitment to public service is truly an inspiration” to the Yale community. Noting that she has participated in many Yale events in recent years, he said, “Justice Sotomayor has been very generous in offering her time to share in conversation with the campus community and with alumni audiences. I am especially grateful that she has offered to lend her support to this year’s service effort.

In his email to alumni, Salovey quoted Sotomayor’s practice of asking herself daily, “How have I helped someone today?” He said he hopes members of the Yale community will join together in asking “How can we help someone?” and make plans to be part of the sixth annual Yale Day of Service on May 9.

More information can be found online at the Yale Day of Service website,, and via social media: @YaleDayofService on Twitter, on Facebook page, and on Instagram.

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