VOTE NOW in the 2021 Yale Club of Washington, D.C.
Elections and By-Laws Revision Vote! 

Dear Yale Alumni, 

It is time for our annual Yale Club of Washington, D.C. Board of Directors election.  There are 5 seats up for election and we have many qualified nominees, so please be sure to review the information carefully and vote! In addition, this year we have included a proposed revision to our Club By-Laws, so the ballot will include a vote on that as well. 

Only Yale Club of DC Members in good standing can vote.  Not a Member?  Join Today!

If you are Member of the Yale Club of DC, please log-in to view biographical information for the candidates, information about the proposed By-Laws revision, and the link to your ballot. You are encouraged to review this information carefully, as we have many qualified candidates this year and there are several key changes in the proposed By-Laws revision. 

William Chip, B.A. '71, J.D. '79 Helena Chung, M.A. '00
Andrew Craig, B.A. '14  Sashka Dimitrievska, Ph.D., SOM, M.Phil '13
Gaston Gelos, Ph.D. '98 Aeden Ghebreselassie, M.S.N '12
Lauren Harris, B.A. '14 Roy Niedermayer, B.A. '69
Alexander Reid, B.A. '97 Robert Reisner, B.A. '68
Brendan Sullivan, B.A. '16 Rosita Thomas, Ph.D. '87

 

 

 

Your participation in this election is important. By casting your vote, you are actively engaging in the governance of your Club, electing fellow alumni to represent your interests, to support and enhance existing Club programs, and to foster innovative ways to facilitate interaction between alumni and throughout the broader Washington and Yale communities.

Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 31, 2021. Only votes submitted before that time will be counted as cast. 

The three-year term of office for the new members of the Board will commence on July 1, 2021. 

Thank you for taking the time to vote!  If you have any questions related to the election or about how to vote, please contact our Executive Administrator, Alexis Gurganious.


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

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

A New White House: From Trump to Biden: A Front Row Seat

Thursday, May 13, 2021

7:00-8:00pm 

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

Join us to hear three nationally-renowned journalists share their perspectives on the transition from the dramas of the Trump Presidency to the efforts of the Biden administration to master a broad agenda of national problems.

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

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

Thursday, May 20, 2021

6:30-8:00pm 

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

This event is 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.

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

2021 Members Annual Meeting: A Conversation with Yale History Professor Mary Lui
on Asian American Issues in the Pandemic Era

Thursday, May 27, 2021

6:30-8:15pm 

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

Join the Yale Club of Washington, DC for an annual meeting of members, including a presentation on the State of the Club followed by a conversation with Yale History Professor Mary Lui. This is a members-only meeting.

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

 

Yale Virtual Performing Arts Series:
"Mother Tongue”
in Honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
with Adrianna Tam MM ‘13 and Jing Ling-Tam 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

2:00-3:00pm 

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

The program will offer audience members an entry point to the Asian-American experience: How does the first-generation  immigrant survive in the face of homesickness, language and cultural barriers, and xenophobia?  How does the second-generation American reconcile their hyphenated identity? Adrianna Tam partnering with her mother, Professor Jing Ling-Tam, a renowned musician and choral conductor, the program will also tell an intergenerational story of “making it” in America.

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

 

“Seminary” photography exhibition:  an “unapologetic, joyful celebration of queer visibility”
at the Yale Divinity School, with photographer and Yale alum Gabrielle Muller MAR '20

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

6:30-7:30pm 

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

Gabrielle will share and discuss the images for her current photography exhibition, Seminary, which portrays members of Yale Divinity School’s LGBTQ community in portraits taken over the course of a year. She will explain the concept and image-making process, and describe how it developed into a project meant for the walls of the Yale Divinity School.

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

 

Heroes with Humble Beginnings:
A Conversation with F. M. Kail '67 BA, '70 LLB

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

6:30-8:00pm 

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

A conversation with Mike Kail, author of "Heroes with Humble Beginnings," a book discussing the early life challenges faced by many iconic figures in the worlds of sports, entertainment and politics. Examine the humble beginnings of some of the greatest ballplayers, movie stars and Presidents of all time.

 


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.

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

 

Feeling Understood:  A Workshop with Casey Watts '12

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

6:30-8:00pm 

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

With the approach in this workshop, mutual understanding can happen much more often! Beyond just “active listening,” this workshop covers a framework for how to help people feel understood: four levels of listening, and three levels of explicit validation. You can use this framework to support others, or to ask for support yourself.

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

 

Anni and Josef Albers: Equal and Unequal with Nicholas Fox Weber MA '71

Thursday, June 17, 2021

5:30-7:00pm 

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

Please join this special event as Nicholas Fox Weber discusses Anni and Josef Albers, two of the 20th century’s greatest abstract artists with Prof. Barry Bergdoll. The iconic couple are the subject of Weber's definitive visual biography which is the first to truly present their extraordinary body of work and their relationship in one meticulously researched and elegant bookCo-sponsored with the Columbia Alumni Association of Washington, D.C., the Brown Club of Washington, D.C., and the MIT 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