The Global Innovation Series Completes Its First Year

ElsaMarie D’Silva speaks at the Asian American Cultural Center.

Last fall, as a partnership between Yale’s Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY), the Global Innovation Series, a series of talks throughout the year, was created. According to the first annual report,

The Global Innovation Series is an exciting new partnership between Yale’s Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY), established by 2017 World Fellow and Tsai CITY Innovator in Residence Baljeet Sandhu. As part of the Knowledge Equity Initiative, the series involves a set of events and discussions hosted around Yale’s campus to explore and celebrate the innovative work of groundbreaking global changemakers across industries, geographies, and cultures. Each event is built in partnership with other centers and faculties across the university to connect world leaders with the Yale and New Haven communities and beyond, and to encourage multidisciplinary debate and knowledge exchange.

The Series saw a great success, with 14 events, 409 attendees, and a 9.1/10.0 satisfaction rating. The talks featured many influential world fellows: Fauziya Ali, Major Dongyoun Cho, ElsaMarie D’Silva, Ralph Francois, Sylvia Aguilera García, Julio Guzman, Thynn Thynn Hlaing, Abdul-Rehman Malik, Michael Kalisa, Ibrahim Amadou Niang, Joy Olivier, Elpida Rouka, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Rita Sciarra, and Pilar Velasco.

For more information, read the Tsai CITY article written by Laura Mitchell here.

Yale Day of Service 2019

Each year, Yale Day of Service acts as a celebration of service, of giving back and making a difference. On Saturday, May 11, alumni, family, and friends came out to service sites across the country and around the world to continue this tradition.

In all, 2,500 volunteers are expected to participate in Yale Day of Service in 2019, in roughly 15 countries, nearly all 50 states, and at approximately 225 service sites. And while May 11 served as the official 2019 Yale Day of Service, many service events started earlier this spring and many more will be held in the months ahead.

“Yale has long had a strong tradition of service, and we see that affirmed each year during our annual Day of Service,” said Yale Alumni Association Executive Director Weili Cheng ’77, who took part in a service project at KIPP DC, a college prep charter school in Washington, D.C. “It really is an incredible day – both to give back to the local community and to celebrate service as an integral part of a Yale education and the Yale alumni experience.”

The 2019 service projects ran the gamut. Food pantries from Sarasota to San Jose and from Bulgaria to Boston hosted Day of Service volunteers, while alumni in London and the Bronx worked with refugee populations in need. Farms, parks, beaches, and rivers were all the beneficiaries of cleanup efforts in places like Maryland, Miami, Cape Town, and the Netherlands. And students from Seattle, New Haven, and Washington received career advice, homework help, college prep, and more. There was even a tandem bike ride project for the blind in New York City.

As always, Yale Day of Service was especially active in New Haven, with more than 25 projects registered in and around the Elm City. That includes the Newborns in Need event hosted by the Yale School of Nursing, in partnership with the Working Women’s Network, the Yale Child Study Center, the Yale Latino Networking Group, Yale Department of Pediatrics, and YaleWomen CT, which drew close to 150 volunteers, and six events around the area spearheaded by the Yale School of Public Health.

“This is a marvelous tradition that brings the School of Public Health into the community for projects in which we can be of use,” said School of Public Health Dean Sten Vermund. “One day does not transform New Haven, but it is an appreciated gesture of commitment that underscores the YSPH ethos of service.”

For 2019, Day of Service added three new local partners in the Yale Police Department, WorkLife Yale, and the United Way of Greater New Haven. And Yale Veterans were active in the area as well, hosting a Day of Service event in partnership with the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Service of VA Connecticut Health System.

“It’s incredible how Yale alumni come together like this, and truly inspiring to see the energy and enthusiasm that Yalies around the globe bring to Yale Day of Service each year,” said Matt Meade ’87, who serves alongside Elvira Duran ’05 as alumni co-chair of Day of Service, working with a team of regional coordinators to create service opportunities. “It’s a unique opportunity to meet classmates and make new friends while pursuing a cause that has tangible, meaningful benefits for everyone involved.”

For members of the Yale community looking to get involved in 2019 Day of Service, there are still a host of remaining service projects open for enrollment. Interested volunteers can find a site and register at

Yale Climate Change and Communication Program Finds 70% of American Registered Voters are Worried About Climate Change

This April, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, in partnership with the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, released a report on American registered voters and their views on climate change. As can be seen in the graph above, seven out of ten registered voters are worried about global warming. For more statistics and information, read the report here.

National Cancer Center Partnership Expected to Advance Cancer Research at YSPH, Yale

Representatives from Yale and the National Cancer Center of China exchanged gifts in recognition of their new partnership.

On May 1st, representatives from the Yale School of Public Health, the Yale Cancer Center, and the Yale Institute for Global Health met up with representatives of the National Cancer Center of China in order to sign a memorandum. This marks the beginning of a new partnership between Yale and the National Cancer Center of China, which will allow for collaborative research and workforce training between nations.

Internally, both institutions have been collaborating informally on workforce development and research training through the NIH Fogarty training program. Nevertheless, the new program formalized the collaboration and will likely make data and research sharing easier and more accessible for researchers at both institutions.

Presidential Update on Yale’s Academic Priorities

President Peter Salovey has delivered an update on Yale’s academic priorities.

Increased access to and affordability of a Yale education, construction of new landmark facilities for science and the humanities, and expanded opportunities for multidisciplinary teaching and scholarship are among the initiatives President Peter Salovey cited in his update on the university’s academic priorities on May 9.

In a letter to the Yale community, Salovey said that in investing in faculty excellence and recommitting to the university’s educational programming, “[our] goal is to make Yale stronger and build on existing strengths.

Each element of our strategy also responds directly to a specific domestic or global challenge; it is our responsibility and the heart of our mission to improve the world today and for future generations.” (Read the complete update here.)

The president outlined the following goals and achievements.

Amplifying academic excellence, diversity, and multidisciplinarity

a rigorous yale college curriculum

  • New majors were created in multidisciplinary neuroscience, statistics and data science, urban studies, and computer science and economics.
  • Less-commonly-taught languages courses, including ones on indigenous languages, were offered for the first time.
  • The YData course was offered for first time.
  • The Program on Ethnicity, Race, and Migration was reconfigured.

increasing affordability and access to yale college

  • The first-year class was the most socioeconomically diverse in Yale history.
  • Yale spent more than $160 million this year in undergraduate financial aid.
  • The First-Year Scholars at Yale and Online Experiences for Yale programs were expanded.

supporting graduate students across all schools of yale

  • The Emerging Scholars Initiative supported 45 incoming Ph.D. students and 30 who are currently matriculated, plus 16 post-baccalaureate research education fellowships for recent graduates.
  • Students in science and engineering received expanded University Fellowship support for 12 months and $4,000 above annual stipend.
  • Several schools created initiatives to reduce graduate student debt.

embracing emerging opportunities in teaching and learning

  • The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning was formally dedicated and now provides resources for all the schools across campus.
  • The graduate schools and Faculty of Arts and Sciences recruited “exceptional faculty members” to come to Yale.

A new innovation corridor

Students table at a Tsai CITY event on campus.Students table at a Tsai CITY event on campus.Saying that “[thinking] innovatively is an important component of educational excellence for students of all levels — and not only in the sciences,” Salovey wrote about Yale’s new innovation corridor, which includes the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, the Greenberg Engineering Teaching Concourse, and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY).

Although it is the newest program and awaiting construction of its own facility, Tsai CITY has already begun programming, said Salovey, adding: “Although it will certainly help students create new ventures and become entrepreneurs, it has a broader mandate. Tsai CITY provides students with the knowledge and experience to create and change public policy in their communities, to bring creativity and multidisciplinary approaches to their future careers, and to serve others.”

New landmark facilities for the sciences and humanities

When you walk around campus, you will see physical changes that reflect bold investments in the sciences and humanities,” wrote Salovey, pointing to three current projects:

  • The new science building on Prospect Street, a seven-story, state-of-the-art structure that will host courses in diverse disciplines. “Students will be taking classes in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences next to labs housing pioneering research,” said Salovey.
  • Transformation of 320 York St. as hub for humanities, a project that is “well underway,” noted Salovey. “It was planned with student and faculty input and will be home to many humanities departments and have space for graduate students to work and to meet with undergraduates during their teaching terms. It will also include a 90-seat state-of-the-art film screening room that will help students to connect to other people and cultures through film.
  • The leasing of biotech space at 100 College St., “an ideal location that bridges the university’s medical and central campuses,” said Salovey, adding, “This action is part of our strategy in the sciences. In this new space, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students will have opportunities to conduct research with faculty leaders at the intersection of multiple disciplines.”

The new science building under construction on Prospect Street.The new science building under construction on Prospect Street.

Upcoming opportunities for multidisciplinary scholarship and research

The newly created Tobin Center for Economic Policy will “teach students to think critically and to apply rigorous analysis to domestic policy issues,” said the president. The center has begun programming while it awaits construction of its headquarters.

In addition, the transformation of the Jackson Institute into the Jackson School of Global Affairs will “strengthen the university’s role in educating global citizens and leaders,” said Salovey. “Students will have new opportunities to work with distinguished faculty members and leading practitioners from government, military, industry, and other sectors.”

Louisa Lim Decries the ‘Forgetting’ of Tiananmen Revolt as 30th Anniversary Approaches

Louisa Lim, award-winning journalist for the BBC and NPR and author of The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited, spoke about the revolt at a Poynter Fellowship on April 23rd. According to YaleNews, Lim stated,

[People] have colluded with this forgetting because remembering is not just inconvenient — it’s of no benefit, and the cost of memory has intensified over time,” Lim explained, adding that “those people who refuse to forget are punished.”

For more information and a complete report of her talk, visit YaleNews.