Mission & Background

Mission:

The YIA’s mission is to celebrate the international experience, and inspire alumni and students to be global citizens.

The YIA website and social media form a network for the Yale family to connect with each other and share the exciting things that alumni, students and faculty are doing around the globe.

Background:

The YIA is an AYA shared interest group for alumni, students and their families with an international perspective, including alumni who came to Yale as international students, alumni who currently live abroad, and alumni who are interested in global affairs.

Alumni interest in strengthening the bonds among international alumni and the university led to the formation of the YIA working group in 2011. In May 2012 the YIA was launched in London with a symposium on The Global Citizen, featuring Yale World Fellow Marvin Rees memorably in conversation with Yale professor Dr. Michael Capello, a thought-provoking panel of Yale alumni whose lives and careers have a strong international focus, and an enthusiastically received networking mixer.

To celebrate the launch of the Yale Club of Ghana’s July 2013 conference on Thought Leaders in the African Renaissance, the YIA held a mixer at London’s cutting-edge October Gallery, where the Ghana conference plans were presented and the Director of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale gave an update of student activities.

Initial YIA strategic objectives and activities:

1.     Develop the YIA website to help alumni connect, both online and through international programming.

2.     Engage alumni regionally and across different cultures, through collaboration among different Yale Clubs and SIGs.

3.     Build out the alumni component of the International Students Organization (the “ISO”).

4.     In cooperation with the Office of International Affairs and the Office of International Students and Scholars, foster international communities that support the “Yale Experience” of stewardship, scholarly endeavours, and a commitment to service.

5.     Facilitate alumni involvement in Yale students’ international experiences.

6.     Stimulate and support alumni interest in the global perspective by engaging them in Yale’s global initiatives.

7.     Increase local student integration (on the Yale campus) with international initiatives by helping to source guest lecturers, providing cross-border mentors, assisting on thesis research, etc.

8.     Establish regional “Welcome Committees” / support groups for alumni new to an area.

9.     Serve as a general resource for the alumni community regarding international issues and regional travel.

Values:

Excellence – in every aspect of our work

Honesty – in all of our dealings

Collaboration – with our colleagues within our units and across the University

Innovation – by asking questions, embracing change, taking appropriate risks, and encouraging others to do so

Fairness -by treating each other evenhandedly and respectfully

Diversity – of backgrounds and views to broaden our perspectives and enhance creativity

Professional Development – to enhance our skills and our capacity to contribute

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