Alumni Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force – Final Report

Dear Friends,

The Alumni Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was formed in 2016 at the request of the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni. It is my privilege to receive their final report as the current chair of the board.

The task force was given the following mission:

  • to provide leadership on the development of diversity and inclusion strategies in existing alumni programming,
  • to leverage all forms of diversity to strengthen the alumni network, and
  • to make recommendations for potential new programming and initiatives that might be offered to the Yale alumni community.

The report is the result of the work of many thoughtful and dedicated alumni under the leadership of alumni Sheryl Carter Negash ’82 and Ken Inadomi ’76, with the support of AYA staff Jenny Chavira ‘89 and Nicholas Roman Lewis ’93. I thank them all for their many hours of work and their love of Yale.

This report will be studied and its recommendations seriously considered. It is the starting point for the AYA’s work on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Kind regards,
Rahul Prasad ’84 MS, ’84 PhD
Chair, Board of Governors
Association of Yale Alumni


Final Report of the Alumni Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

Task Force and Advisory Committee Members

Businessman, philanthropist Mikhail Fridman on achieving success today

Photo of Mikhail Fridman

Mikhail Fridman, the international businessman and co-founder of LetterOne, the international investment firm, spoke recently at Yale about both his inspiring rise from humble beginnings and his growing role as a leading philanthropist of Jewish and other causes.

Fridman gave a talk at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, home of Yale Hillel. He was introduced by Eric Fingerhut, the president of Hillel International.

He is an active supporter of Jewish causes around the world. He co-founded the Genesis Prize, which is awarded annually in Jerusalem,” Fingerhut said. The $1 million Genesis Prize honors individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields, and who inspire others through their dedication to the Jewish community and Jewish values.


Yale Club of Beijing:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017:
Yale Entertainment Industry Investment Forum

China’s culture and entertainment industry is undergoing massive transformation and attracting more capital and entrepreneurs than ever. This forum will gather Yale alumni and industry experts to discuss what the latest trends are and where the most promising opportunities lie.

Time:  [Registration] 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. [Panel + Q&A] 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Yale Center Beijing, 36th Floor Tower B IFC Building, 8 Jianguomen Wai Avenue (Yonganli Station Exit C) 耶鲁北京中,建国门外大街8号国际财源中心B座36层(永安里地铁站C出口)
Ticket: Purchase in advance: RMB 20 for current students; RMB 60 for Yale alumni; RMB 80 for others. Purchase at the door: RMB 100.

Sign up and advanced purchase available on EventBank.

Yale SOM-Sequoia China Leadership Program welcomes second class

Group photo of participants in the second Yale SOM-Sequoia Leadership Program.

The Yale School of Management (SOM), Sequoia China, and Yale Center Beijing (YCB) welcomed the 2017 cohort of the Yale SOM-Sequoia Leadership Program, held Oct. 28-31.

The program — launched in 2016 as a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a world-renowned university and a global leading venture capital/private equity firm — aims to groom China’s next generation of business leaders by providing insights into both Chinese and global entrepreneurship and business practices.

The 2017 class of 44 participants included founders, CEOs, and top executives from Sequoia China’s portfolio companies and early-stage startups funded by ZhenFund and SourceCode Capital.


How the Silver Scholars Program Paved the Way for My International Career

As a graduating college senior, I knew that I wanted to embark on an international career, but I didn’t quite know where to start, and I doubted that I had the hard skills to get very far. The Silver Scholars Program offered me a unique professional springboard and equipped me with the confidence and skills to get started. Now, after spending the last seven years helping investors manage country risk in emerging markets—including three years based in London and  two years in Cairo—it’s clear to me that the Silver Scholar Program paved the way for my career.


Facing an Aggressive China: The US May Be Inching Towards Asian Alliance

The juxtaposition of speeches and leadership show a stark contrast. Under Xi Jinping, China is strategic in expanding its influence, while the United States and the Donald Trump administration seem to be floundering, lurching about with policies. “Since the 2016 election of Donald Trump, Xi has projected himself as a responsible global statesman committed to maintaining global norms and leading on tackling challenges such as climate change and global trade,” explains Harsh V Pant, professor of international relations. Asian nations assess the strength of commitments as Trump undertakes a 12-day visit with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. “The Narendra Modi government has invested significant diplomatic capital in building ties with Washington, with Modi visiting the United States four times during the last three years,” Pant explains, adding that China’s fast rise may not go completely unchallenged. He concludes that the United States and India along with Japan and Australia could “emerge as guarantors of free trade and defense cooperation across a stretch of ocean from the South China Sea, across the Indian Ocean to Africa.” Again, much depends on the United States keeping its many commitments in word and deed. – YaleGlobal