Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are independent organizations that offer event programming and other community functions for Yale alumni with a shared affiliation.
That affiliation could be anything: profession, ethnicity, sex/gender, LGBTQ status, even a collegiate sport or extra-curricular activity... if Yalies are passionate about it, chances are there's a SIG for it. SIGs can operate under the umbrella of the Yale Club of the region in which they are located, but they are often distinct 501c3 non-profit organizations with their own leadership, membership and group infrastructure.
In Los Angeles, we have a vibrant SIG community. The Yale Club of LA frequentlypartners with these groups, and many SIG events are listed on our website and in our newsletter. More information on each group is available below.
Yale in Hollywood
Yale in Hollywood is a networking group for alumni and friends in - and interested in - entertainment.
Our Yale in Hollywood subcommittees include Film & TV, Music, Legal, New Media, Social, Talent, and Cultural Diversity, which organize mixers, panels, and conferences featuring prominent Yalies in movies, TV, music, and other aspects of the entertainment industry.
Our Yale in Hollywood Summer Internship gives 2-3 dozen current students important industry experience. The Yale in HollywoodEntertainment Conference attracted 300-attendees from around the world to LA in 2010, with a follow-up Yale in Hollywood - New York Summit in March 2011.
Yale in Hollywood chapters can be found in Toronto, New York and Hong Kong.
Contact: Kevin Winston | kevin.winston (at) gmail.com
Website: Yale in Hollywood
Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAYA) - SoCal Chapter
The Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA) is a volunteer-run, membership based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a vehicle for Yale University alumni to promote the civic participation, leadership and service of Asian Americans and Asians at Yale and in the broader society.
We pursue our mission by developing programs on campus and in communities in need through the following types of activities:
- Support diversity and equal opportunity at Yale University
- Strengthen student-alumni programs such as student externships and Life-after-Yale
- Strengthen the leadership role and contributions of Asian American students and alumni at Yale and in society
- Advocate for and support Asian American studies at Yale
- Support student programs such as fellowships, internships, scholarships, prizes & volunteer opportunities
- Support the Yale Asian American Cultural Center and its programs and initiatives
- Support Asian American and other underserved communities through funded internships & other programs
- Help further Yale’s mission and place in the world
- Convene gatherings and conferences addressing issues of interest and concern to Alumni of Asian descent
- Strengthen ties with other Yale alumni groups, faculty and outstanding Asian American Yale alumni
Contact: Azan Kung | azankung (at) aol.com
Website: National AAAYA Facebook Group
YaleWomen of Los Angeles is an organization which originated from the 2010 celebration of 40 years of women at Yale.
This growing group of dynamic and inspiring women meets for various events where they can catch up with old friends and get to know new ones. These free events around town include salon-style Q&As discussing the work of our members from authors, artists, scientists, and businesswomen, and are great opportunities for networking and support.
Maria Burton | mcb (at) fivesistersproductions.com
Eileen Gibson Funke | eileen (at) writersjunction.com
Ursula Burton | ursula (at) fivesistersproductions.com
Website: YaleWomen LA Facebook Goup.
Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA) – LA Chapter
The mission of the Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA) is to serve, to involve and to inform the Yale community of Black alumni in order to build powerful networks, promote mentoring, create initiatives and execute programs which connect us to each other, our communities, current Black students and faculty and to Yale University.
YBAA is a nationwide organization that encourages Black alumni to reconnect with Yale through leadership and service. To learn more about the national organization, visit the YBAA website atwww.ybaaonline.org
The YBAA-LA Chapter sponsors activities and programs to support and achieve the organizational mission. YBAA-LA holds an annual holiday party, coordinates Yale Day of Service events, operates an alumni mentoring program, hosts new student welcome events and sponsors a variety of community service programs.
Eraina Davis | eraina.davis (at) hotmail.com
Website: National YBAA Facebook Group
Yale Blue Green (YBG)
Yale Blue Green (YBG) is a community comprised of Yale alumni, students,
faculty, staff and affiliates engaged in “green” topics and issues. Our mission is to connect and inspire Yalies interested in sustainability. YBG also supports the University in its sustainability efforts and serves as a hub for thought leadership, collaborative action, lifelong
learning and inspiration on initiatives relating to the environment and
What Does YBG Do?
- We support the Yale Office of Sustainability and University sustainability efforts, including the “greening” of alumni events such as reunions and Assemblies.
- We create community by connecting Yalies interested in sustainability issues through events where Yalies live, serve and work. The ever-expanding list of event locations includes New Haven, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Francisco, China, Baltimore and San Diego. We also create digital community through on line programming, communications and social media.
- We organize and participate in sustainability-related service projects, service trips, advocacy and Yale Day of Service events.
- We work with strategic partners, such as NRDC and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, to support alumni service activities and extend our impact.
Newsletter: YBG Newsletter
Facebook: National YBG Facebook Group
Eli’s Mishpacha – Yale’s Jewish Alumni Group
Eli’s Mishpacha seeks to bring together Jewish alumni from Yale College, Graduate and Professional Schools to:
Promote the well being and betterment of Yale University’s Jewish community on campus and around the world;
Improve local communities where we live and work through service (Tikkun Alumni);
Connect alumni and students through educational and mentoring opportunities, including internships, scholarships, awards and prizes;
Bring together Jewish alumni locally and nationally for social and professional networking;
Engage Jewish alumni, students and parents in discussions about Jewish life at Yale today, the historical significance of Yale’s Jewish community, and the our collective vision for the future of Jewish Life at Yale and in the world;
Build partnerships and develop leadership pathways with the Jewish philanthropic community;
Foster positive relations between Yale University, The Slifka Center at Yale and Yale Jewish alumni, students and parents.
Eli’s Mishpacha is a program of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, in partnership with The Association of Yale Alumni (AYA).
Contact: Colin Weil | colin.weil (at) yale.edu
For a list of more SIGs across the country, visit the Yale Alumni Association's SIG page.