Affinity groups (or Shared Interest Groups)

YaleGALE@Yale, in New Haven, Connecticut, 2013
Panelists: Kathy Edersheim ’87, Ed Sevilla ‘82, and Charlotte Hitchcock ’91 MPH

panelists: Kathy Edersheim, Ed Sevilla, and Charlotte Hitchcock

Kathy Edersheim ’87: Senior Director of International Alumni Relations and Travel at the AYA, founder and Chair of YaleGALE, was Vice-President of the Yale Alumni Chorus, AYA Volunteer of the Year award in 2008, Yale Medalist 2011
Ed Sevilla ’82: Vice President at Grenzebach Glier+Associates (philanthropic management consulting), former member of the AYA Board of Governors
Charlotte Hitchcock ’91 MPH: General Counsel and Chief of Staff of the Newark Public School system and former member of the AYA Board of Governors

Topic: “Organizing Alumni Activities around Shared Interests or Identity” – How do you create alumni networks based on common interests such as law, journalism, finance, or entertainment? How do you find alumni with common interests and get them together?

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For overview  of Affinity Groups at Yale (also called Shared Interest Groups or SIGs), plus some examples

Shared Interest Groups (or SIGs)
Sports Associations – Connecting to Yale through Athletics
YaleWomen – Creating Opportunities for Women Alumnae
The Alumni Chorus – Friendships from Singing Together
Yale Alumni Entrepreneurs

Supplemental information about this topic

Organizing Alumni Affinity Groups
Launching a SIG: The Story of YaleWomen
Forming local chapters of a SIG: YaleWomen – Chapters Toolkit