connect | share | support

Mission-driven startup

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 and panel discussions on relevant topics to 1st Gen Alumni.
❖ Host an alumni gathering at your local Yale Club.
❖ Sponsor a Yale Day of Service site in your local community.
❖ Connect with the Office of Career Strategy to offer summer internships or full-time employment for Yale students.
❖ Be a mentor in the YAA Alumni & Students Pilot Mentoring Program.
❖ Share your life & career experiences with students through 1stGenYale networking programs held twice a year on campus.
❖ We are looking for alumni leaders to help us grow into a sustainable organization.
❖ Your ideas? Email us.

alumni | a resource for students

Yale College First-Generation Low-Income FGLI Initiative

We are thrilled that an office has been established and meaningful programs are being developed to help our students make the most of their experience on campus and beyond.

Sharing our stories

By sharing similar experiences, alumni can provide valuable support to current students. Arriving at Yale, many of us 1st gen underserved alumni felt that we lacked informational, familial and financial support — causing us to feel isolated and alone. By telling our stories as former students and now professionals in diverse careers, we help students to know that they are not alone. We believe in them. We want them to know that they belong. We all belong to the Yale family.

Our events, partnerships and initiatives will give you the many opportunities for sharing your story.  

Mentoring opportunity

Working with the YAA, we are actively encouraging all alumni give back by volunteering to be mentors for current students through the Alumni and Students Pilot Mentoring Program. Both alumni and students can indicate 1st gen background if interested. Contact Stephen Blum ’74.



annual events

Mark your calendar.
Join us at one of our annual events.

First Year Scholars | July

Working in partnership with the Office of Campus Life, our program invites alumni to spend the day with incoming Yale College students in the annual First-year Scholars program (FSY).  Students meet alumni, many for the first time, and learn how to navigate Yale and beyond. We celebrate our new friendships with a lemonade and cookie reception.

YAA Assembly | November

Alumni & students get-togethers are held during the annual YAA Assembly in mid-November. The 2016 and 2017 events were co-sponsored with the (YAA) Alumni Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Discussions include career experiences, academic courses extracurricular activities and everything in between!

Yale Day of Service | May & throughout the year

Partnership and promotion of sites with Yale Day of Service.


Past events

The Inaugural Alumni Webinar

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
from Noon to 1pm


Making Unconscious Bias Conscious

How do you recognize it?
How do you react effectively to it?
How do you change behavior?

Join Dr. Darin Latimore, Deputy Dean & Chief Diversity Officer, Yale School of Medicine and Professor Claire Bowern, Professor of Linguistics and Chair of Yale Women Faculty Forum will join our discussion.


Sponsored by

YAA Executive Director’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group
Office of the Dean Yale Medical School
Yale Women Faculty Forum

Alumni Perspectives: 
Navigating Yale & Beyond

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Now in our third year, alumni joined us at the 2018 First-year Scholars at Yale. This summer program is designed specifically for incoming Yale College students from under-resourced backgrounds, many of whom are among the first in their families to attend college or graduate school. All Yale alumni are invited to participate. 

To prepare for their transition as Yale students, they live on campus for five weeks, explore campus life, sharpen their academic skills, and learn about Yale's resources, including alumni! 

fsy 2018 panel
fsy 2018 classroom
fsy 2018

By sharing similar backgrounds, we connect to each other with diverse cultural, socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, and gender backgrounds from all classes and schools to have positive impact on the lives of our students. 

LOCATION | Yale campus
Time:  11:00am - 5:00pm

PROGRAM | Alumni welcome lunch, moderated alumni panel followed by student discussion groups, and networking reception.

COST | There was no charge

CO-SPONSORS | Yale College Dean’s Office and AYA Executive Director’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group


To feel the magic, take a look at last year's 2017 FSY video.

Inaugural 1stGenYale Alumni Conference

April 14, 2018

Our alumni team held the inaugural 1stGenYale conference on campus. This was the first time that we have come together as a new alumni shared identity & interest group, celebrating who we are, being first! Alumni from diverse cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds from all schools and years connected with each other, shared our stories, and developed meaningful friendships to continue well after the conference is over.

Program Book

Click here to download a PDF of the Program Book for the event.

1vyG Conference at Yale

February 24-26, 2017

Hosted an All Schools’ Students & Alumni Networking Lunch, 1vyG Yale Conference, February 25, 2017 with 120 alumni from 18 colleges & universities and 400 representative students.

School of Art, ’82 —

“My life has been a series of unexpected events that have challenged me to be bold and persevere. While my childhood and teen years were not easy, my experience made me the fiercely resilient person I am today. My Yale education gave me the confidence and skills to rise to any challenge, for which I am grateful.”


event videos

  • First Year Scholars at Yale
  • First Year Scholars at Yale

history   |   press   |   contact