SERVE ON THE BOARD OF THE YALE CLUB!

Are you interested in serving on the Yale Club of Washington, DC's Board of Directors? The Board actively invites all interested local alumni to consider running for the Club's Board of Directors.  Alumni are also welcome to nominate other alumni! 

Board members represent the interests of alumni, support and enhance existing Club programs, and help foster innovative ways to facilitate interaction between alumni throughout the broader Washington and Yale communities. The position requires ongoing engagement with fellow Directors, alumni, and Club staff throughout the year. 

The Board consists of 15 individuals, who are Members of the Yale Club and who serve three-year terms. To learn more about our current Board of Directors, please click here

Directors are expected to be very involved including: attending monthly virtual lunch meetings and quarterly dinner meetings in downtown Washington; planning, executing, and/or supporting at least two programs per year; participating with Club Committees and projects; and attending Club functions.  The required annual Director Contribution Fee from prior years ($200) has been eliminated for the upcoming fiscal year, however Directors may be expected to pay for their meeting meals in future years. 

Our Board values diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We strive to represent our diverse membership, and we strongly encourage applications from members with a wide spectrum of backgrounds, identities, cultures, interests, skills, and experiences.  We also would like to emphasize that alumni from Yale College and ALL Yale professional and graduate schools are welcome to run! In addition, we welcome alumni from all areas within the greater Washington, DC area, even those who do not live in and close to the city.  We are eager to welcome new Board members and volunteers who can add new perspectives to our current team.

If you are interested in being considered for this important position, please complete the following form All submissions must be complete by April 28, 2021 to be considered. 

Questions? Contact Yale Club of Washington, DC.


FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP

Dear fellow alumni,

For more than 146 years, members of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. have served as the backbone of the Yale alumni community throughout the DMV.  Through this tradition of member support, the Club brings local Yale alumni together to connect, learn, socialize, and serve the communities in which we live.  We currently have 594 contributing Club members whose support allows the Club to serve the approximately 14,000 Yale degree holders, parents, and widows in the greater Washington area.  The Yale Club of Washington, D.C. is among the most vibrant of all Yale clubs across the country.  It is thanks to the financial support of our membership that we are able to do so much. 

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, Club membership has started to decline, understandable, in light of its effect on people’s professional lives and livelihoods.  If you would like to be or remain a Club member, but are unable to do so due to financial hardship, please let me know. 

For those of you who are able, we invite you to become a member, if you are not one already.  And for those of you who are members, we urge you to renew your membership, when the time comes.  Being a member directly supports Club operations and activities.  Our Club is more than just a social club.  Our community service options, under the leadership of Maria Whelan, are particularly robust.  We work closely with the Capital Area Food Bank and sponsor multiple community service fellowships a year.  In addition, we offer educational programming focused on matters of urgent public interest, as well as a variety of topics that feature the diversity and achievement of Yale alumni.

In times like these, it is important to remain connected.  We welcome DMV Alumni from Yale College and ALL Yale graduate and professional schools as part of our community!    Please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] with your thoughts and suggestions, which will be most welcome.  Stay well and healthy.           

Chip Seward '65, Vice President of Membership 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

Unpacking the Green New Deal: A Conversation with Rhiana Gunn-Wright ’11 and Laura Brush YSE’19

Sunday, April 25, 2021

6:30-8:00pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

Please join the Yale Club of Washington, DC for a moderated conversation between Rhiana Gunn-Wright ’11 and Laura Bush YSE’19 on climate change and climate policy. As the co-author of the Green New Deal, Rhiana will break down the policy implications and answer questions around this innovative proposal. This event is co-sponsored with the Yale Black Alumni Association and Yale BlueGreen.

 

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

Reading Our Minds: The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry 
A Conversation with Dr. Daniel Barron, M.D. '16

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

6:30-8:00pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

What is Psychiatry and How Can We Improve It?

In the last hundred years, most of the medical sciences have progressed in immense and unforeseeable ways—except for psychiatry, which has somehow remained immune to this progress. Daniel Barron, a psychiatrist who trained at the Yale School of Medicine, asks an important question: What’s holding psychiatry back? Co-sponsored with the Columbia Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

Revisionist History:  
What it is, why we have it, how to think about it with 
James M. Banner, Jr. PhD, Yale College '57, Columbia '68

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

6:30-8:00pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

In The Ever-Changing Past, award-winning historian James M. Banner, Jr. argues that revision has been the essential task of historians since the time of the ancient Greeks. Despite the human craving for stability and certainty, history has always been a fluid body of knowledge, growing and changing as new evidence, new perspectives, and new methods emerge. Especially in open societies with democratic governments, Banner reminds us, disagreements about history are a sign of a robust, free public life. Closed, totalitarian societies often forbid arguments about their historical pasts. Co-sponsored with the Columbia Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

The History of Jews and Yale, with Music by Magevet

Thursday, May 6, 2021

6:30-7:30pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

In honor of Jewish American History Month, please join us for an evening of history and song! Dr. Dan Oren ’79, MD’84 will give a presentation on the history of Jews at Yale, while Yale’s Jewish a capella singing group Magevet will entertain us with their music.

 

   

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

DC Area Summer Mentorship Program Event 1 –
Using Yale Cross Campus for Alumni to Alumni (“A2A”) Mentorship

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

6:30-7:30pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

Part 1 of our three-event series facilitating A2A summer mentorship pairings: Learn how to use Yale Cross Campus for alumni-to-alumni networking and mentorship!

 

 

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives:
A Conversation with 
Michael Heller and James Salzman '85 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

6:30-8:00pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration
 

When is it okay to recline your airplane seat? Why does HBO want you to share your password illegally? What do you really own when you click the “buy now” button? And why can’t you sell your spare kidney? In this webinar, Prof. Michael Heller and Prof. Jim Salzman will explore fun, surprising, and often infuriating real-life stories that reveal who gets what in the 21st century. Co-sponsored with the Columbia Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. and the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C.

 



FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING

Dear fellow alumni,

I write to share an update on the Club's programming plans for the fiscal year.  We will continue to host monthly lectures, virtually for now, and are excited to share plans to broaden the event topic variety offered.  We intend to do so by increasing both the number and subject area of our offerings.  In addition to educational programming, we aim to increase the number of events featuring faculty from Yale College as well as faculty from Yale graduate and professional schools.  We also plan to increase the number of panel events and see this as a key way to engage with material by highlighting the multidimensionality of the issue under discussion. It is our hope to promote valuable connections between the subject matter experts with one another, and with the audience.  One key takeaway from these past months of virtual events is our membership's strong desire to engage with each other and the content during event discussions.  To further this objective, we will host more interactive sessions and use virtual "break-out" rooms whenever feasible to foster discussion in a more intimate setting.  We see this as a way to create community, which stands as a bedrock principal of our Club's purpose and stated goals.  Our planned expansion of the variety of programming types offered will include heritage month events, professional development and Yale alumni career stories, and instructional programming.  Lastly, we are engaging with the greater Yale community to provide artistic programming content.  More information will be coming out soon on this initiative! 

Thank you for being the best part of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C.  Please reach out to me directly if you have suggestions for programming.

Hope to see you soon "virtually" in one of our programs!

Lauren Harris, '14, Vice President of Programming 

FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

THANK YOU! 

As we kick off a new year, I want to share my sincerest thanks to all of the supporters of the Yale Club Community Service Fellowship program. Thanks to the generous contributions of Yale alums, this summer FOUR Yale student fellows will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on our community. They will be placed with local nonprofit organizations: D.C. Youth Orchestra, Capital Area Food Bank, A Wider Circle, and Martha's Table for meaningful internship experiences.

This is only possible because of your support. Without your generous contribution, this fellowship program wouldn't exist. On behalf of the Yale Club, I thank you for your donation to this important initiative.

With gratitude,
Maria Vera Whelan (JE ‘08)
Vice President, Community Service
Yale Club of Washington, D.C.

 


The Yale Club of Washington, D.C. is proud to receive a YAA Board of Excellence Award for our programs last fiscal year. Our Club is proud to work with such a brilliant, motivated, caring, and diverse group of alums, and we appreciate everyone who supports our community.  

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The Yale Club of Washington, D.C. is regularly hosting webinars and virtual meetings.

Members are able to access all past recordings in our Virtual Library