Environmental and Economic Opportunities for Growth and Development in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

A practical and open discussion between Haitian and Dominican thought leaders focused on the environment as a uniting concern towards the creation of a bi-national sustainable development framework. After the webinar the YIA will convene a working group for those interested in continuing the discussions.

The dialogue was locally organized by Gerald McElroy, Yale ’09 (Haiti) and Anton Tejeda, Yale ’88 (Dominican Republic).

When: Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm ET

Where: online

Registration: Register Here


  • Professor Gordon Geballe, Associate Dean for Student International Engagement, Lecturer in Urban Ecology Yale School of the Environment
  • Dave Fils-Aimé, Yale College ‘10

Haitian Panelists:

  • Guy Francois, Former Minister of the Diaspora
  • Joseph Harold Pierre, Economist
  • Michèle Pierre Louis, Former Prime Minister and Founder of FOKAL

Dominican Panelists: 

  • Eladio Fernández, Nature Conservation Expert and Photographer
  • Milagros De Camps, Vice Minister, Ministry of Environment (Yale MA ‘17)
  • Prof. Víctor Gómez Valenzuela, Environmental Economist and Professor at INTEC

In Conversation With: Carla Power, Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, on her new book

How do we deal with extremism, both at home and abroad? Can deradicalization work? How can polarized societies heal? 

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Carla Power discusses her new book Home, Land, Security – Deradicalization and the Journey back from Extremism with author of Choked and former AP reporter Beth Gardiner. 

What: In Conversation With Carla Power on her new book Home, Land, Security 

When: Friday, November 19, 2021 | 12:00pm ET/ 5:00pm GMT

Where: online

Registration: Register Here

About Carla Power:

Carla Power is a London-based journalist, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for If the Oceans Were Ink, and author of newly released Home, Land, Security. She started her career at Newsweek Magazine focusing on Muslim societies, global social issues, and culture, reporting from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She has written for a wide range of publications, from Vogue and Time to The New York Times MagazineThe Guardian, and Foreign Policy. Carla holds a B.A. from Yale, a M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford, and a degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. 

About Beth Gardiner:

Beth Gardiner is a London-based environmental journalist. Her book, Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution, made the Guardian’s Best of 2019 list, and was a finalist for the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society book award. Beth wrote the cover story for National Geographic’s April 2021 issue, and her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, HuffPost, Yale Environment 360 and Smithsonian. She’s a two-time fellow of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a former longtime Associated Press reporter, and a member of the Yale Class of 1993. 

Decentralized Finance with Yuri Cataldo

Yale International Alliance presents a new webinar series on Decentralized Finance: BE LEFT BEHIND: Discover Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Before Your Grandmother beats you to it!

Please register here for upcoming webinars:

Understanding Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Thursday, November 11, 2021 | 6:00 – 7:00pm ET

To Buy or Not to Buy Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 8:00 – 9:00pm ET Register Here

Impact of DeFi on the Finance Industry Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 8:00 – 9:00pm ET Register Here

Blockchain: Looking Ahead Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 8:00 – 9:00pm ET Register Here

About Yuri Cataldo:

Yuri is an emerging tech strategist who combines the mindsets of an artist and a technologist. His Yale training at the Drama School in Set/Costume design prepared him well for the resiliency and creativity needed for his success as an award-winning entrepreneur, author of the best-selling book on crypto – “Be Left Behind: Discover Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Before Your Grandmother beats you to it”, Venture Capitalist, and leading expert in DeFi, Crypto, and blockchain.

Next Cohort of YIA Common Rooms Launches

What happens when a Yalie from Europe, the U.S., Africa, Latin America, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East walk into a virtual room?  We expect creativity, insight, and inspiring conversation.

Join us in a YIA Common Room, an initiative for Yale alumni who are interested in the world and its citizens. The next set of Common Rooms is starting this October. Your small group of eight to ten alums will reflect different geographic areas of the world. You will meet online for 40 minutes twice a month for three months to create new relationships with far-flung fellow Yalies, discuss perspectives, further cross-cultural understanding, and continue that conversation you were having in your Common Room at Yale. 

For complete information visit: https://alumni.yale.edu/yale-international-alliance-common-rooms

Jerusalem Youth Chorus Global Gala Concert

To everyone who enjoyed Micah Hendler’s interactive session on Transcending Conflict Through Song in June, and to those who missed Micah’s inspiring story, please join the YIA watch party to support The Jerusalem Youth Chorus’ first-ever Global Gala Concert on:

September 12 at 10am San Francisco | 1pm Washington, DC | 6pm London | 7pm Geneva | 8pm Jerusalem

YIA members are eligible to receive a discount so please use this link to register and/or donate to the efforts of the Jerusalem Youth Chorus to transcend conflict by building bridges between Palestinian and Israeli youth.  

You will be automatically registered for the Yale watch party so make sure to attend the Gala by using the personalized link that will be sent by email. 

Transcending Conflict Through Song // June 29 and June 30

Dear Yale alumni, families and friends,

You are invited to a timely and engaging event, an interactive session on “Transcending Conflict Through Song” with Micah Hendler ’11, founder and artistic director of The Jerusalem Youth Chorus, jointly hosted by the Yale International Alliance and the Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors.

Given the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict and anti-Asians hate, our world is more than ever in need of voices of unity, love and open dialogues among people. Micah has worked tirelessly for the past decade to promote peace, respect and understanding through his creative leadership in making music and songs and using this humanity-centric method to transcend conflicts. His admirable work has caught the world’s attention through many media outlets.

On June 29th (1pmET) and 30th (8amET) we will host this interactive event to reach a worldwide audience. To register for this free event, please choose one of the sessions that suits your time zone in the links below.



More detailed background on Micah and his work is in the registration material. We hope to see many of you in this timely event. Thank you for joining us to experience efforts aimed to help heal the world.

CAI TALKS with Daniel Esty

On Tuesday, May 4, join CAI TALKS for the third conversation in our “Sustainability and energy transition: The new global agenda” series from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.(ARG). Featured speaker, Daniel Esty, Director of the Center for Environmental Policies at Yale University and Director of the Sustainable Finance initiative at Yale University will be in conversation with CAI President and Yale Fellow, Pablo Bereciartúa. The talk will be held in English.

To register, click here.

YIA is calling on Volunteers to speak to future Yalies about global issues through the Yale Young Global Scholars Program!

Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is a highly selective academic summer program for high school students offered by Yale University. During the summer, YYGS offers intensive two-week academic sessions for approximately 2,400 high school students from around the world. Last summer, YYGS students came from over 130 different countries and all 50 U.S. States. Many YYGS alumni go on to attend Yale College, including 200 YYGS alumni in the Yale class of 2024! 

Each summer, YYGS organizes a series called Opportunities Across Yale (OAY) in which they invite Yale Alumni to participate in 90-minute workshops with students and expose them to new subjects, career paths and global issues. In this way, OAY serves as an important complement to YYGS’s structured academic program. 

YIA invites our members to participate in an OAY workshop and help expose young students to important global issues, supporting our mission of inspiring global citizenship. For a more detailed description of YYGS and a helpful explanation of how the OAY sessions work, please watch this brief video

Should you volunteer as an OAY workshop participant, you’ll have the opportunity to specify the date, subject, and format of your session. Possible formats range from intimate workshops of 10-15 students, to panel discussions, to large lectures with hundreds of attendees. If interested, please register using the form below, or contact YYGS Program Coordinator Shu Yi Zhou (shuyi.zhou@yale.edu) with questions.


With thanks,
Yale International Alliance

Common Rooms Have Launched!

This weekend, two hundred Yale alumni are returning to the Common Room experience–of stimulating discussion, making new friends, enjoying the inimitable company of other Yalies. The Yale International Alliance has matched alums into groups of 8-9 members from every corner of the globe to share a new type of Common Room, meeting virtually every two weeks to share different cultures and perspectives, and to build new friendships around the world. Join us next term by completing the interest survey here.


The Yale International Alliance (YIA), a shared interest group of the Yale Alumni Association, unites Yalies who seek to address local and global challenges through the lens of international perspectives and diverse experiences. With heavy hearts, we denounce the mass killings that occurred in Atlanta on March 17, 2021 as innocent lives were shortened by a self-absorbed shooter’s inability to recognize the humanity in people, regardless of race or ethnicity. 

As global citizens, we stand with all innocent victims of racial hatred and misogyny against the rising tide of violence and harassment. We stand for social justice against injustice. We stand for love against hate, with compassion to heal those in despair. We look to the future when Americans are celebrated for their diverse backgrounds rather than face discrimination based on superficial features and ignorant stereotypes. For this reality to occur, we must stand united in our efforts to combat racism and xenophobia. 

YIA wholeheartedly supports Yalies and global citizens to create solutions for deep-rooted challenges in our society. We must continue to use our collective strengths to make the world a better place for all.