Events reflect the diversity of today's 'dynamic' alumni community

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Alumni volunteer leaders at last year's annual assembly in New Haven. Alumni are encouraged to use the hashtag #YaleAlumni at all future alumni events.

When the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) gathers on campus Sept. 17-19 for its first meeting of the new academic year, its members will preview plans for a full slate of events and activities this fall to connect alumni with each other and with the university at Yale and in communities across the nation and around the world.

“Alumni relations at Yale has both deep traditional roots and a dynamic present,” notes Jenny Chavira ’89, acting executive director of the alumni association. “Like the university itself, the ways in which alumni connect have grown greatly to reflect the diversity of our community and to include the many constituencies who together form the modern extended family of Yale graduates.”

Volunteer alumni leaders, supported by a team of professional staff in New Haven, have built a network of Yale College classes, graduate and professional school alumni organizations, regional alumni associations in communities in the United States and internationally, and a robust set of alumni shared interest groups (SIGs). “Alumni volunteers and the professional staff support a truly broad array of groups that aim simultaneously to serve alumni interests and to inspire alumni to service on behalf of the university and society,” Chavira notes.

The calendar for the new academic year builds on a banner year for alumni relations in 2014-2015. Last year saw successes such as the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Afro-American Cultural Center among other SIG events; the 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati Yale Club, among scores of other events in cities of all sizes; dozens of Yale Educational Travel adventures; record-setting Yale College reunions; the largest-ever annual alumni assembly, focused in 2014 on entrepreneurship and innovation; the 7th annual Yale Day of Service worldwide, with 4,000-plus participants at over 250 sites; international efforts by the Yale Alumni Service Corps and the Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange; the second annual #YaleTech conference; and the inaugural Yale Veterans Summit.

The following list of events organized by the AYA and its affiliates illustrates the  growing breadth and depth of Yale alumni association activities.

Also on the horizon this year are an expanded set of conferences and seminars under the banner of “Careers, Life, and Yale,” a new initiative to connect current students and alumni volunteers for mentoring and career advice, as well as the launch of the Yale Arts Alliance, a new SIG dedicated to the visual arts.  

In November, delegates representing alumni constituencies from around the world and across Yale schools and programs will gather for the AYA Assembly, the preeminent leadership information and development program for alumni. The 2015 annual alumni association assembly will be held Nov. 19-21, with a special focus on public health and the celebration of the Yale School of Public Health’s centennial year, as well as ceremonies honoring outstanding Yale alumni volunteers, including the presentation of the 2015 Yale Medal.

The above events are just a few examples of the ways in which Yale alumni can engage with each other and with the university. To learn more, Yale graduates are encouraged to connect with the regional alumni associations; Yale College classes, graduate and professional school alumni associations, and SIGs.

According to Chavira, “Yale alumni volunteer leaders and our professional staff welcome inquiries from alumni interested to learn how they can connect, engage, and serve — whoever they are, wherever they are, whatever their interest.”

A social media note for alumni:You are encouraged to use the hashtag #YaleAlumni for this and all alumni events. All alumni and friends are encouraged to stay connected with Yale via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

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