Letter from the Producer
Namaste delegates, participants and friends of YaleGALE:
What a splendid and meaningful adventure! In setting out, we discussed how we sought to “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” and “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” What a delight to see Ghandi’s statements instantiated in our YaleGALE India experience.
We sought to be part of such a change. From our partner feedback, it appears there was success on this front. We saw alumni reaching out to assist students, their universities, their societies. We witnessed great interest in education, excellence in education and innovation in education through our successful and engaging conferences in Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi. We are told we inspired a call to action for alumni service. We left grateful for the opportunity to share our experiences and contribute to the dynamic dialogue on education in India.
We learned. We learned about India, about its educational institutions, about the impressive individuals heading and influencing it’s current and future great universities. We learned about India’s history, it’s culture, it’s people. We learned first-hand the sights and sounds of this glorious and energized largest democracy in the world. As in all great adventures, we learned about ourselves.
We lived. We had a jam-packed conference schedule. In between the conferences we benefited from the hospitality of our hosts and their alumni, allowing us to fully live India and experience the warmth of its people. We were in awe of the culture of the temples and places of worship. We had amazing food. We squeezed in a bit of sightseeing, experiencing the Golden Triangle and even the history of our own alma mater. Amongst our own group, we formed new friendships and rekindled old ones.
There are many themes the team can reflect on from our experiences in India. Wonder. Dynamism. Educational excellence. Educational opportunity. Human history. Yale history. Perhaps the most important is gratefulness. Gratefulness to our institutional partners for opening their schools and their communities to us. Gratefulness for the rich conversations and exchange sessions. Gratefulness for the intense hospitality. Gratefulness for the friendship.
YaleGALE thanks you.
Sharon Houle Randall ‘98
Producer, YaleGALE India
Dates: January 7 – 18, 2015
Delegation: 36 Yalies, family and friends
Program Producer: Sharon Houle Randall ‘98