In her words: Alice Young ’71

Young recalls her time as an undergraduate at the height of the Vietnam War, and her role in the founding of the Asian American Student Alliance.

Alice Young ’71 B.A., founder and principal at Alice Young Advisory LLC, describes being one of the first women students at Yale, and one of only nine Asian Americans in her class at the height of the Vietnam War. “I think people were thinking, ‘What is she doing here?’” Young recalls. Like many trailblazing Yale women of her generation, Young took up the challenge, cofounding the Asian American Students Alliance, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and traveling to her home state of Hawaii to recruit more students to Yale. Her efforts helped grow the numbers of Asian students at Yale from nine to 34 in just three years. “We really were able to make a difference,” she said.


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