A Call to Yale Students

What does it mean to commit to Yale?

We uproot our lives. Some of us move cross country; some of us move across countries. We leave so much behind in the hopes of not only securing a Yale education and everything it represents, but also anticipating to find a new family and home on this campus.

But in this home, no two lives are the same.

As students, we come here from different backgrounds, at different times in our lives, and with different levels of preparation. We have our own obligations and struggles that make things difficult enough. The idyllic Yale we came to is at times tested against the reality of the institutional challenges we face in our community.

Some of us wonder if this is the Yale we really said yes to … if our “Yale experience” was really the one we envisioned.

How is one supposed to feel? How does one truly process the idea of committing to a home with doors not fully open? How does one cope knowing that one’s voice isn’t always heard?

The Yale Corporation has invited a few students to meet on Friday morning to discuss the student experience at Yale.

If you had the opportunity to talk with the Yale Corporation, what would you say? We want to hear from you. As far as we can tell, we were arbitrarily chosen, and we want the voices that aren’t at the meeting to be heard.

We don’t want this to be fodder for PR materials, a one-time discussion, or to rely on the perspectives of a few.

If you have something that needs to be said to the Corporation, please contact one of the emails listed. Your voice needs to be heard. It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter the issue. This is your Yale, too.

Please share as much as you feel comfortable, and thank you to those who have reached out already.

Paul Holden ’17
paul.holden@yale.edu

Tobias Holden ’17
tobias.holden@yale.edu

Ron Tricoche ’18
ronald.tricoche@yale.edu

Abdul-Razak Zachariah ’17
abrazak.zachariah@yale.edu

Eli Ceballo-Countryman ’18
elisia.ceballo-countryman@yale.edu

Jencey Paz ’17
jencey.paz@yale.edu

Miguel Paredes ’18
miguel.paredes@yale.edu

Jinchen Zou ’18
jinchen.zou@yale.edu