The Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA) and YBAN
The Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA) is a working shared interest group
formed out of the Association of Yale Alumni. The new website was created
to link alumni with events happening across the nation and to keep them
informed about structural developments within YBAA. The group recently
adopted the following as the official mission statement for the membership:
"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."
Visit the Yale Black Alumni Association online at www.ybaaonline.org.
The Yale Black Alumni Network -- better known as YBAN -- is an independent, autonomous online community for alumni of African descent from Yale College and the university's graduate and professional schools -- as well as its executive programs. Towards maintaining the integrity of its mission, YBAN has elected to remain a sovereign entity that is neither affiliated with Yale University, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) nor the Yale Club system.
YBAN was founded in the Spring of 1996 initially as an informal listserv consisting of a handful of Yale alums from the early 1990s. Now, almost five years later, YBAN's membership is in the hundreds and is considered the conduit for communication between, and information on, Yale's Black alumni. While still in its infancy, YBAN envisions hosting an ever-growing clearinghouse of information and resources for its members that will benefit alumni and current students alike.
YBAN's primary purpose is to establish and maintain substantive links among the Black alumni of Yale College and the university's graduate and professional schools for the benefit of ourselves, current and prospective Black students, faculty, university employees, the Afro-American Cultural Center (AACC), the Afro-American Studies Department, and the greater university and New Haven communities.
Through this independent network, YBAN seeks to build and share resources for its members and cultivate a collective "voice" that can meaningfully impact University policy towards the overall Black Yale community as well as issues of diversity in general.
To join YBAN, please e-mail us at:
Visit the Yale Black Alumni Network Web site. Click here