Yale Young African Scholars celebrates 5th anniversary

Yaa Oparebea Ampofo with a group of students.

When Yale President Peter Salovey announced the Yale Africa Initiative in 2013, he inspired several Yale students from the continent to work toward achieving his goal of “bringing Africa to Yale and Yale to Africa.”

The students wanted to find a way to expose students in Africa to the experience of studying at a university like Yale before they apply to college, as well as advice on submitting a strong application. They consulted Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science and director of the The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, who embraced the idea.