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Volunteers Needed - Yale Day of Service - May 15, 2010


The Yale Latino Alumni Association of the Tri-State Area is coordinating our May 15th, 2010 Yale Day of Service Event and we need your help. We are looking for a group of 5-10 dedicated Latino Alumni to form a Yale Day of Service Planning Committee. Please read the information below and contact Li Yun Alvarado at This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  by Monday, February 8th if you would like to join the committee and help change some lives!


Join today!


Yale Latino Alumni of the Tri-State Area Board





The Yale Latino Alumni Association of the Tri-State Area has teamed up with DKMS America! We will host a Bone Marrow Registration Drive and a Benefit Concert featuring Yale Performance Groups to raise funds for DKMS America.


From DKMS America Website:

The DKMS mission is to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors for leukemia patients. DKMS is the largest and most experienced bone marrow donor center in the world with over 2 million registered donors. However, there are still thousands of patients who cannot find their donor match. DKMS will continue to recruit bone marrow donors until every patient gets a second chance at life.


Leukemia and Lymphoma have affected the lives of many Yalies, their families, and friends, and we would like to do our part to combat this disease. In particular, we hope to increase the number of potential donors of color since doctors say that the best chance of a match is among members of the same ethnic group. For example, Latinos count for just 7% of registered donors worldwide, making it more challenging to find a match and save lives.


Denise Bertholin Yale 05, is a Panamanian and Guatemalan alum who was diagnosed with Leukemia last May.

Here is a CNN story about her that discusses the need to increase Latino donors:

More on Denise:


Seun Adebiyi Yale Law 09, was born in Nigeria and raised in Alabama. Seun was diagnosed with both leukemia and lymphoma while training for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games just days after his graduation.

More on Seun:


Please join this committee today to help us increase the number of donors registered and help raise funds for this amazing organization that changes lives! Also please SAVE THE


DATE SATURDAY, MAY 15th, 2010 Yale Day of Service. Finally, please forward this e-mail to any alumni who might be interested.



YLAA Nat'l Board Elections

Vote today and help build our organization!

Dear Latino Alumni,

The time has come to begin the voting period and elect the new national board of your Yale Latino Alumni Association (YLAA). The voting period begins today and polls close at 12 noon EDT on June 27.

Please don't wait - vote now!

Yale Latino Alumni Reunion -- Make Plans Now!

Dear Fellow Alums, 

We hope to see many of you at our first ever Yale Latino Alumni Reunion (YLAA), which will be held April 3 - 5! A team of dozens of Latino alumni have volunteered their time to organize this exciting event, which is the first national event being organized by YLAA. 

At the Reunion, we will provide an update on YLAA's organizational development and results from the AYA/YLAA survey that was sent out in the Fall, hold a brainstorming session on future YLAA's future, and announce the nominations and elections process for the first elected Board. We hope to have a new Board installed later this year and encourage you to think about nominating your friends or YOURSELF! For now, we wanted to provide the attached overview of the organization. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

We are certain that tons of energy will be created from the exciting program that the Reunion Committee Co-Chairs, Araceli Campos and Sara Salvide, have been working with their team on. We truly believe that the Reunion will fulfill the message of its theme, Uniting Yale Latinos: From Nuestra Casa to Contributions Around the World. If you haven't already, please start making your plans to come!  

  • Book your plane tickets and hotels now!   We have hotel blocks held until March 13, 2009 (Discount Code: Yale Latino Reunion) at: The Omni Hotel at Yale, (203) 772-6664, and La Quinta, (203) 562-1111.  OR you can book at any other New Haven-area hotel of your choice, such as: The Courtyard New Haven at Yale, (203) 777-6221, and The New Haven Hotel, (203) 498-3100.

Again, if you have any questions about YLAA, please feel free to contact us at:  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  

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Daniel Acosta & Felicia Escobar
YLAA Interim Board Co-Chairs


Open Board Meeting - Mar. 11th, 7--9:00 p.m.


Yale Latino Alumni Association (TSA) welcomes you to our open board meeting Wednesday, March 11th 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Have you ever wanted to help plan and organize events for Yale Latino Alumni? 

Come and listen to us discuss future activities, and help contribute any ideas that you may have for our organization.  This will be an excellent opportunity to have creative influence on one of Yale's largest alumni groups.  Our board meetings are always open, and this will also provide you the opportunity to catch up with old classmates, and many leading alumni.

The meeting will take place at Fish & Richardson, P.C.: 

153 E. 53rd St.
Fl. 52
NYC, NY 10022

Please RSVP by Mar. 9th. at this link:  



Happy New Year! from the Yale Latino Alumni Association of the Tri-State Area

We are proud to offer:


YLAA-TSA has once again teamed up with JAZZ at Lincoln Center to
provide an amazing discount to our members!

Use special discount code: Yale 25 
and recieve a 25% discount on tickets for any of the following concerts:

Brazilian Stories with Paquito D Rivera
March 13-14 @ 8pm in Rose Theater.
Luciana Souza with Special Guest Cyro Baptista
April 23 & 25 @ **9:30PM ONLY.

UNDERGRAD -- Ciencia National Scholarships

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) has recently established the Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program, a new partnership to improve Hispanic student access to higher education and degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Ciencia National Scholarships - College STEM Majors A $2,000 one-time scholarship ...

Response Needed to Changes to Yale Freshman/Ethnic Counselor Program

Hi, My name is Robert Sanchez (SY '08) and I am writing to ask for your help in responding to changes being implemented to Yale College's counseling program. In the upcoming weeks, the Yale administration plans to make changes to its freshman counselor program. As former students who benefited from ...

Update your Alumnus Info with AYA

It is important for you to update your alumnus info with Yale's AYA database.

Register Now!

Membership is exclusive and free to alumni only. To take advantage of all the community has to offer, please proceed through the registration process to establish a User ID and password.

Once you register, you will be able to:

Yale Service Tours

The Co-Chair of the Yale Latino Alumni Association of the Tri-State Area, Li Yun Alvarado '02, highly recommends this service opportunity! Last she she traveled with Yalies from all over the country to the Dominican Republic where she developed lasting relationships with her students in DR (she returned on her own last summer) and with the Yalies she met on the trip. There is no better way to reconnect with Yale!

Click HERE for more information!


Want to help Latino students at Yale? Know of internship opportunities from the students can take advantage? Well the Yale Latino Alumni Association of the Tri State Area (YLA-TSA) can help!

Click here to POST ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR INTERNSHIPS for viewing by both Latino alumnae and current Yale students. YLAA-TSA will function as the bridge linking students to you great opportunities by encouraging them to visit the site.

Union Leaders of the Future Scholarship

Embracing its mission to enhance the value of union membership and support a stronger labor movement, Union Privilege has developed a scholarship program to help more women and people of color become union leaders. The program provides annual awards up to $3,000 to help future leaders with the cost ...

Voto Latino Needs Your Help

Voto Latino is non-partisan and will be present at both the Democratic and Republican conventions. The latest polling shows Barack Obama leading McCain among Latino voters by 66% to 23%. Supporting Voto Latino's work helps ensure maximum Latino voter turnout, as well as participation and engagement with the American political process for our country's fastest-growing minority.

If you'd like to donate may do so...because well, we still have so much left to do!

If you're unable to donate, no worries. We do hope you'll at least pick up the iTunes Voto Latino benefit album if you haven't already (just $3.99)

Citizen Summit in Denver Feb 11-15, 2009

Imagine a celebration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth that reunites people from across the political spectrum in a process of co-creating a grassroots, transpartisan agenda for America


Find out more at


2008-2009 Upcoming Events


The Yale Latino Alumni of the Tri-State Area is pleased to present its calendar of events for 2008-2009. Please mark your calendars and sign up for our newsletter. It's going to be a wonderful year and we look forward to seeing all of you soon!


FALL HAPPY HOUR @ Retreat-NYC (37 W. 17th St.)
Wednesday, October 1st from 6-8pm

Friday, November 28th

Thursday, March 5th


Thursday, May 21st

Market our mailing list!!


Were looking for Latino alumni. 


Please spread the news to your classmates and friends!

Have them join our mailing list at


Also check out our website at

Call for Nominations -- Elections for the Board of Directors


At our Spring reception we will also hold our annual election for 6 new members of the Board of Directors.  If you are interested in running for the Board of Directors or would like to nominate another person, please email This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript by May 1, 2008 with your name, class year and the position you are interested in (either Co-Chair or At-Large Member). Also feel free to e-mail This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript if you have any questions about our Board.


The Board is comprised of twelve individuals with varying positions. The two Co-Chairs have the primary responsibility of setting the tone for the organization and serving as the liaison to the University.  The At-Large Members of the Board attend bi-monthly board meetings and chair our outreach, special events, fund-raising and mentorship committees.  Each of those elected will serve a 2-year term to run from May 2008 to May 2010.  


The Board of Directors for 2007-2008 was comprised of:




Daniel Acosta '97

Li Yun Alvarado '02

Board Members

Stepanie Cabrera '01

Rodrigo Fuentes '06

Adam Torres '06

Edgardo Ramos '82

Kenneth Figueroa '97

Gladys Nieves '94

Jorge Torres '96

Lara Rios '02


Yale Latino Alumni -- Symposium in New Haven


A one day symposium for Latino/a Alumni and Current Students.

Saturday, March 29th at La Casa Cultural



Professional: proˇfesˇsionˇal   pr-fesh-nl, -fe-sh-nl
noun  a person who is expert at his or her work
adj  following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain

Activist: acˇtivˇist   ak-ti-vist
noun  an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause
adj  advocating or opposing a cause or issue vigorously


Yale Latino/as have never been afraid to take on the causes that matter most to them whether they be personal, local, or global in scope. As Latina/o Yalies we can continue to leverage the opportunities and resources we have available to us through our relationship with Yale in order to make positive changes in the world. As we do this, it is useful to remember that professionals need not stop being activists and activists always benefit from being professional (i.e. experts) in their endeavors. During this one day symposium Alumni and Current Students will have an opportunity to explore the relationship between professionalism and activism as well as the causes that are most critical to us as individuals but also as a growing and interconnected community.


Symposium Registration

Please Register by March 26th

To register, send an e-mail to: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript

In your e-mail pleas indicate:

1. Names of all attendees (symposium open to all Yale Alum and their guests)

2. If you need transportation from Union Station to La Casa

3. If you need child care. If yes, please list names & ages of child(ren) (see below for childcare details)*


Symposium Schedule

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Registration at La Casa (Optional) Brunch at a Dining Hall (meal tickets will be provided) 


1:00PM - 1:30PM

Opening Remarks at La Casa

1:30PM - 3:00PM
SESSION I: Melding the Professional and Activist Life
A Panel of Alumni will discuss how they continue supporting the issues they most care about through their profession, in conjunction with their profession, and/or in addition to their profession. Alumni will share their stories as a starting point for a larger discussion on activism post graduation. 

3:00PM - 4:00PM
Dessert Reception.
Tours of La Casa including information on our two murals as examples of artistic activism. Also a DR service trip photo exhibit. 

4:00PM - 5:30PM
SESSION II: Latino/a Activism On Campus
A panel for current students to share some of the pressing issues on campus today. Also a chance to ask Alumni what organizing strategies worked to effect change on campus in the past. One possible topic will be the state of/lack of/need for ethnic and Latino/a studies at Yale.

5:30PM - 7:00PM
(Optional) Dinner at Dining Hall (meal tickets will be provided)

7:00PM - 2:00AM
(Optional) Drinks at El Amigo Felix for Alum & Students 21+

*Childcare will consist of current undergraduates supervising a mixed-age group of students in one or two of the second floor rooms of La Casa. There will be homework help, age appropriate videos, and games available. Parents/Guardians will be on the first floor of La Casa for the duration of the symposium. Children will join their parents/guardians during all meals.

Announcing the Yale Latino Alumni 2008 Internship Program!

Does your organization provide summer internship opportunities for college students?  Do you work in a small business that is able to take on an eager college student this summer?  Are you a recruiter or human resources professional with knowledge of internships in a particular industry? 

If you answered Yes to any of these questions, then you may be in a position to positively impact the life of current Latino Yale undergraduates.

The Yale Latino Alumni Association of the Tri State Area (YLA) is in the process of organizing a summer internship program that will give current Yale undergraduates a chance to get hands-on experience in a variety of fields.  The chart below illustrates students' current interest by sector:

       Did you know?


 Most (80%) Latino undergrads are currently looking for a summer internship!

And 66% of Latinos would consider an unpaid position.

Most (90%) Latino undergrads are looking for a summer position varying from 4 to 10 weeks. 

Most (75%) Latinos are considering positions in the Tri-State area.

Please take a moment to fill out the YLAs internship survey by clicking here.

The results of the survey will be used to build an internship database that will serve as an additional resource to Latino undergraduate students as they search for summer employment.  YLA members also plan to deliver workshops on campus designed to help undergraduates develop better interviewing skills, write better resumes, and learn the skills required to build a lifelong professional network.

Thank you for taking the survey!  We look forward to working with you!



04/11/07 - Latino Alumni reception at the Yale Club of NY

Meeting in the Trumbull room, over 50 Yale Latinos attended the launch reception.  Reminiscing over old times, the Latinos mingled with cocktails in hand.  The event was capped by Judge Padró's inspiring speech and the election of the 2007-2008 board.

04/20/07 - Official Board Elected and Committees Formed

Elected members include: Daniel Acosta '97; LiYun Alvarado '02; Lara Rios '02; Rodrigo Fuentes '06; Stephanie Cabrera '01; Roy Cosme '77; Francisco Estrada '97; Ken Figueroa '97; Gladys Nieves '94; Edgardo Ramos '82; Jorge Torres '96; Adam Torres '06

04/20/07 - Historic donation to Latino Alumni Fund

At last weeks event, the interim working group also announced a goal of raising $2,500 to benefit the Latino Alumni Fund and the Latino Alumni Prize.  The group believed the goal was attainable but could not have anticipated that it would be surpassed almost as quickly as it ...

10/17/07 - Board Mtg. @ Blank Rome LLP

We have a special guest, the AYA Director Mark Dollhopf, joining us.  Our conversation with Mark will be dedicated to learning about our options for formal formation, organization and fundraising.