About YBAA

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“To be the principal catalyst for service, involvement, and connection for the
Yale Black community and its stakeholders”

YBAA Board 15-16The Yale Black Alumni Association, Inc. (YBAA) is an official shared interest group of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) and an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization run by dedicated, volunteer Yale alumni from around the country. All alumni from across Yale University who support YBAA’s mission can become members of YBAA and/or a local YBAA chapter. Members of the YBAA National Board meet regularly by phone and travel to New Haven once a year (at their own expense) for an annual board retreat.

The mission of the YBAA is to be the principal catalyst for service, involvement, and connection for the Yale Black community and its stakeholders. We achieve this end through the work of our various committees and that of our 13 chapters. The organization hosts a variety of social, cultural, educational, mentoring, volunteer, and family outing events, including Yale Day of Service activities focused on education, mentoring, and community development. YBAA’s signature projects include the YBAA Book Award, and the Higher Education Initiative and the Summer Institute for the Arts, which have both become stand-alone initiatives.

For its efforts, the Yale Black Alumni Association has been presented with the following “Excellence Awards” from the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA).

  • AYA Outstanding Shared Interest Group, 2011
  • AYA Outstanding Day of Service for Shared Interest Group, 2011
  • AYA Outstanding Day of Service for Shared Interest Group, 2012
  • AYA Outstanding Day of Service for Shared Interest Group, 2013

YBAA developed out of a planning retreat that was held in January 2008 at the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale and facilitated by Mark Dollhopf, executive director of the AYA. In September 2010, YBAA held its first Annual Retreat in New Haven, CT, which marked the official launch of both the YBAA and its National Advisory Council (NAC), which is composed of non-voting board members who provide assistance and guidance, as needed.

Please visit our history page to learn more about our early years and programs, which paved the way for the plethora of activities and programs that YBAA hosts today for its members and the broader Yale community. Visit our “mission, vision, and core values” page to learn more about us and the resources page for FAQs and other helpful information.

We invite you to learn more about our organization through the pages on this site and by connecting with your local chapter, using the contact information on their pages and the join us/get involved page.