Overviews of Programs

Towards Sparking Global Conversations

The writings collected below, a series of primarily one page overviews, provide background information for you about the various ways in which alumni volunteer for Yale – and thus various ways in which Yale conducts alumni relations.

Yale alumni at booths about Yale alumni activities, speaking with alumni and university professionals from Chinese universities in Beijing.

These overviews began as a set of handouts for the World Alumni Leadership Conference, held in Beijing, China in 2011. The Conference was co-organized by YaleGALE, and included an exhibition space in which YaleGALE participants and representatives of some other members of the International Alliance of Research Universities set up booths. Each booth focused on different aspects of alumni relations and alumni volunteer activities. Many of the booths provided handouts, which form the basis for the writings collected here.

You can see from the photograph above the thicket of conversations which the booths and handouts engendered. While the atmosphere of a conference exhibition hall cannot be replicated online. we hope that these materials can spark some of the same quality of conversations that were held in the Beijing Conference.

Overviews of Programs

At Yale, volunteers are a crucial bridge between Yale University and its alumni. Alumni volunteers assume many interrelated roles. For example, at Yale, fundraising is conducted through the Development Office which, though a separate organization than alumni relations, collaborates with the AYA to further University goals. In addition, some of Yale’s communications with alumni come from yet other distinct entities. However, most of these efforts involve alumni volunteers – and many alumni volunteer for a number of these efforts through a variety of these organizations.

These writings are not intended to be exhaustive, complete, or the final word on each subject. Rather, they are meant to further our dialogue. These writings are not intended to be as extensive as The Resource Book. Rather, each piece provides a brief overview of a type of volunteer effort which the writer(s) knew intimately. Each provides an invitation to learn more about the topic, or begin a deeper conversation about that topic with a Yale alumni volunteer.