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Being the First
1st Gen Alumni conference at Yale

Who We Are

❑ We celebrate being among the first in our families, and/or from underserved backgrounds, to graduate from college or graduate school.

❑ We represent all ages, genders, and life experiences. We come together from diverse cultural, ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds as members of the Yale family.

❑ We network with a broad cross section of Yale alumni with BAs, Masters, and PhD degrees from all Yale Schools and work in numerous career fields and life professions.

❑ Learn more about what we do: see our 1stGenYale Resource Card and our 2021 Annual Report.

Join Us

❑ Share your story with fellow alumni & students

❑ Be inspired by a leading alumni keynotes or two

❑ Participate in alumni career and life skills panels

❑ Network with current students across all schools

❑ Spend special time with each other

❑ Help us plan our future!

Thanks to over 85 alumni who completed the 23 Conference Participation Form!


❑ Friday Night, April 28, 2023
Get-together for early attendees

❑ Saturday, April 29, 2023
10am Registration/11am: program starts, with dinner ending at 9pm. We are planning an after-party, too!

❑ Sunday Morning, April 30, 2023
9:30am - 11:30am, Breakfast and a feedback/strategic planning session

Questions about the conference: email us at


about us

Mission-driven Initiative

We are Yale alumni who come from diverse backgrounds, including being 1st in our families or from underserved backgrounds to graduate from college or graduate school. We connect with each other to share our stories and have a positive impact on the lives of Yale students and alumni.

We celebrate diversity

1stGenYale is inclusive of all diversity: race, ethnicity, culture, gender, nationality, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and family hardships.

How can alumni help?

❖ Organize career workshops, panel discussions and events, virtual and in person, on relevant topics to alumni and students.
❖ Connect with the Office of Career Strategy to offer summer internships or full-time employment for Yale students.
❖ Connect with fellow alumni and students in 1stGenYale on Cross Campus.
❖ Share your life & career experiences with students through 1stGenYale networking programs held twice a year on campus and many opportunities throughout the year.
❖ We are looking for alumni leaders to help us grow into a sustainable organization.
❖ Your ideas? Email us.

connecting alumni

Financial support

Mentoring opportunity

Alumni supporting alumni

Alumni & students in other cities

Sharing our stories

resources for students

current program

Since 2020, 150 Yale College students have interned as 1stGenYale Summer Bulldogs around the world. They have received almost $500,000 in summer funding through the Center for International & Professional Experiences (CIPE). 1stGenYale Summer Bulldogs is an entirely Yale alumni volunteer-run program without direct funding from Yale. 1stGenYale, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, relies on donations to operate our programs.

Yale School of Public Health Professor Sarah Lowe, a 2021 and 2022 sponsor, highlights her experience, "It has been my pleasure to serve as a mentor for the 1stGenYale Summer Bulldogs program. I have been so impressed by my interns. They are intelligent, hardworking, and kind young people with a commitment to promoting social justice and community wellbeing. I feel very fortunate to have them as members of my research lab."

resources for students

resources for alumni

events & initiatives

signature annual events


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  • Best Practices for Nonprofit Governance
  • Demystify Graduate Fellowship Awards
  • Conversation with Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández ’82
  • Use Linkedin to Your Advantage
  • The Meritocracy Trap
  • Our Story: 2016 — August 2020
  • Alumni Perspectives: Navigating Yale & Beyond | FSY 2020
  • Developing a Strategy to Transition Careers
  • Screenwriting 101: Write Your First Screenplay
  • Yalies Who Graduated into the ’08-’09 Financial Crisis
  • What Do You Need to Know Before Applying to Med School?
  • Side-by-Side: Mentoring Future First Generation College Students
  • Finding a Job in Today’s World
  • So You Want to Be a Screenwriter!
  • Coping with Disaster-Related Stress
  • When Plans Change: Interviews: Virtual Is the New Reality
  • When Plans Change: Summer Jobs and Internships 2020
  • Alumni Perspectives: Navigating Yale & Beyond | FSY 2019
  • Blazing the Trail: Being the First
  • Alumni Perspectives: Navigating Yale & Beyond | FSY 2017
  • 1vyG Conference at Yale

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Contact us

1stGenYale Inc.
Mail Box #12
C/o The Yale Club of New York City
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017

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