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The Global Development Alliance is an umbrella network of over 50 student groups on Yale’s campus. Here is a brief summary of the groups we work with, along with their weekly meeting time and a person to contact if you’d like to get involved.

If you are interested in learning more about the Global Development Alliance, feel free to contact the GDA’s co-coordinators, Julia Buzan (, Rahma Ahmed ( and David Kastelman (

Check back soon for updates for the 2011-2012 school year!

Africa Now

AfrikaNow was founded in the spring of 2006 by a group of undergraduates at Yale University. By providing a platform for commentary on African affairs, we hope, in this and future editions, to shed more light and spawn healthy debate on issues facing the continent.



AIESEC Yale is a platform for Yale students to engage with the world and develop their potential.  We are the local chapter of the world’s largest student-run organization – AIESEC is a network spread across 111 countries and territories, with nearly 1,000 chapters and over 50,000 members.  At Yale, we work to provide Yale students with the opportunity to intern abroad around the world, both during their summers and throughout the year.  We bring foreign students to New Haven to work with companies in our local economy.  Our members have the opportunity to run these processes and more – they work in five core teams that represent the different functional areas of AIESEC Yale’s operations.  Each core team provides a unique set of requirements and challenges that hone skills ranging from international sales and negotiation to budgeting to human resource development.

Email addresses:

Regular Meeting time: Mondays at 9 in WLH 113


Amnesty International

Yale Amnesty International is the Yale chapter of a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over a million members worldwide.  In addition to our work on civil and political rights, Amnesty International is dedicated to working for social and economic rights with a strong connection to development, including housing rights, health, and access to sufficient food and clean water.  We maintain an active presence on campus, with awareness campaigns, discussion panels, movie screenings, letter-writing sessions, and other activities. We are always open to new topics and ideas for action.

Regular Meeting: 8 PM Tuesdays at Social Justice Network (SJN) room of Dwight Hall and

Arab Student Association

The Arab Students Association (ASA) at Yale is an unaffiliated, non-profit, undergraduate organization that aims to spread a wakeful approach to understanding the Arab world, its culture, and current issues that affect the region. The ASA aims to work in an effort to bridge the various cultural gaps between the Arab World and the United States, in the hopes of promoting a mutual exchange of views and culture. Through the active role of organizing a variety of political and social events, the ASA strives for the atrophy of stereotypes and the growth of a concrete and sincere representation of the Arab world’s diverse components.


President: samer.sabri@yale.eduu

Weekly Meeting: Thursday 9:15 PM

Asian American Student Alliance

As an organization, AASA serves two functions. It is the vehicle for both pan-Asian American unity and Asian American political action on the Yale campus. Structurally, it serves as the umbrella organization for many Asian American groups on campus and consists of AASA moderator(s) together with the AASA officers. In addition, its executive board consists of the presidents of the nine member ethnic organizations.

This organization is meant to attract students who are active in their specific ethnic groups as well as students who prefer to engage themselves in pan-Asian activities; these committees, therefore, are open to all interested students. Issues tackled by AASA include diversifying faculty and curricula, increasing funding for Asian American student activities, strengthening the Asian American Cultural Center, addressing the rise in hate crimes, reaching out to immigrants and Asian American families, increasing political representation.



Association for India’s Development

The Association for India’s Development has worked for nearly 20 years to set up intiatives and projects with grassroots organizations in India upon a diverse array of issues ranging from sustainable development, education, public health, agriculture, and social justice, as well as many others.  What separates AID from other humanitarian organizations lies in AID’s multifaceted approach to social development; AID attempts to address problems at their core instead of short-term solutions to bring about long-lasting change.  AID has nearly 40 chapters around the United States, with each chapter raising awareness about social justice campaigns and working on a variety of projects;  the Yale Chapter is currently working on awareness events and beginning project analysis for their first development project.


College Council for CARE

The College Council for CARE advocates for international development and poverty alleviation through events, publications, and initiatives on- and off-campus. The College Council for CARE at Yale was CARE International’s first-ever college advocacy group, and we are proud to have a strong relationship with the international non-profit. Some of our main activities include documentary screenings, bringing in speakers, publishing bi-weekly table tents, organizing professor dinners, teaching about development in New Haven schools, holding fair trade sales, and fundraising through a bi-annual Grassroot Soccer Tournament.


Regular Meeting: Tuesdays at 8pm in LC 103


Chinese-American Students’ Association

The Chinese American Students’ Association (CASA) has been one of Yale’s largest and most active undergraduate student organizations since 1996. CASA is an all-inclusive organization that offers social, political, cultural, and community service events to the entire Yale undergraduate campus. With over 300 members, we host a variety of activities for all sorts of interests. Through CASA, you can get involved in mentoring and tutoring programs around New Haven, or to listen to professors and elected officials speak on Asian American politics. CASA also has an annual culture show, an inter-class family program, and annual Family Olympics. Whatever your interests may be, join CASA to get involved in meaningful activities and to form lasting friendships.



Despierta Boricua

Despierta Boricua (DB) is the Puerto Rican Undergraduate Student Organization at Yale University. Founded in 1972, the main objectives of the organization are to foster a sense of community among Puerto Rican undergraduates at Yale, represent and voice the concerns of said community to the Yale administration, and to coordinate and sponsor educational activities dealing with Puerto Rican issues. DB strives to meet these objectives by coordinating a vast array of cultural, educational, and social events, as well as organizing community service initiatives to increase student involvement with the Puerto Rican New Haven community.

Regular Meeting: 5:30pm Tuesdays Silliman Dining Hall Annex


President: Adrian Godoy

VPs: Machiste Quintana & Cristina Ruiz

Treasurer: Luis E. Gonzalez

Engineers without Borders

Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students. The Yale Chapter of EWB is an undergraduate organization made up of students heralding from a variety of backgrounds. We also have extremely dedicated professional mentors and faculty advisors. We draw strength from diversity, imagination, and commitment.



Fair Trade Alliance [formerly Mercado Global]

We are a campus collaborative group working with Mercado Global (Guatemala) the Arghand Cooperative (Afghanistan) and International Peace Initiatives (Kenya). Each of these organizations is independent – but at Yale, we’re working together. YAFTA is about developing and advocating for sound policy as well as working directly with projects around the world.

Contact: Elizabeth Fulton

Gardens for Health – Rwanda

Gardens for Health is dedicated to enabling people living with HIV/AIDS to improve their nutrition, health and treatment adherence through sustainable agriculture.  Gardens for Health was founded on the belief that a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment plan requires access to adequate, nutritious food.  Currently working in Rwanda, in partnership with cooperatives of people living with HIV/AIDS, Gardens for Health is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Gardens for Health was founded by Emily Morell, class of 2009.



The Global Health Leadership Institute

The Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) supports health leaders to improve the performance of health systems through leadership development, quality improvement programs, and health systems research. The Institute is also a center for debate and progress on leadership and other critical global health issues.

GHLI is guided by a model of strategic problem solving which posits that the close integration of academic and practitioner perspectives is central to ensuring positive and lasting change. This model requires specification of the targeted problem, identification of core strategies to achieve a defined objective, leadership to implement the strategy and rigorous measurement to support continuous improvement. GHLI champions a relational framework for leadership, understanding leadership as a dynamic role within a group that can unlock synergies leading to the success of the organization.



The Yale Globalist

The Globalist is Yale University’s only undergraduate international affairs quarterly. Unlike many similar magazines, the Globalist is written, edited, and published entirely by students of Yale College. Some of our stories are based on students’ experiences abroad, while others are crafted and reported from our dorm rooms in New Haven.

Each issue of the Globalist centers around a theme chosen democratically by the group. Recent themes have included Cities, Frontiers and Borders, Death, Journalism, the High Seas, Alcohol, and Language. The remainder of each magazine features short “glimpse” pieces and longer repertorial and narrative features.

The theme of the first issue of every year is the reporting trip that members of the Globalist take each spring. We have taken trips in past years to Turkey, Indonesia, Tanzania, India, China, Venezuela, and Eastern Europe.


Editor-in-Chief : Sanjena Sathian,

Weekly Meeting: Tuesdays at 8pm in Pierson Common Room

Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)



International Students Organization

The ISO was initially founded to organize social activities for the international students at Yale and to give them a platform to project their cultures to the rest of the Yale community. Today, it has diversified extensively and is now one of the largest representative groups at Yale, with over 600 members. The ISO seeks to promote international awareness at Yale through talks and debates featuring global leaders at the forefront of current affairs. Our members exhibit their talents and give everyone a taste of their countries and cultures at our annual show Lumina.

Moreover, the ISO is divided into councils each of whom are involved in various issues from Finance, Politics, Culture, Publicity among others providing more than one would find in an organization of its kind.

Want to join? Watch out for our launch event in the beginning of the semester to find out ways of getting involved in our events or one of the councils!

Regular Meetings: Mondays 9:30pm Saybrook Common Room


Muslim Students Association

The Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) is a largely undergraduate organization that provides Yale students with the opportunity to come together and engage in a supportive Muslim environment. They primarily work in three sectors: political; social; cultural/religious. The Political Committee deals with Muslim political/civil/justice related issues. They hold events from Islamic Awareness Month, to the Ramadan Banquet, to the Critical Islamic Reflections conference. In addition, they organize panels and forums for intellectual discourse, as well as engage in social justice and community work on campus. The Social Committee works to strengthen the social fabric of the intra-group through parties, dinners, movie nights, and other type events. And the Cultural/Religious Committee organizes Islamic discussions, Cultural Shows, and other events. As a whole, the MSA strives be the voice and working body of the Muslim Community at Yale. All students and community members are welcome to MSA activities and events, regardless of race, color, religion, sex or any other affiliation.


Regular Meeting: Thursdays, 9pm, Bingham Basement Room 012


New Haven Alliance for Congo

NHAC is an alliance of students (undergrad and grad), faculty, and community whose goal is to enlighten the campus of the current human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  High rates of sexual violence and the use of Congolese minerals to manufacture technological items (cell phones, computers, mp3s, etc…) are among the highlights of facts we want to relay to the campus and greater community.  Our goals for this semester currently revolve around awareness and research, and will expand to more fundraising, campaigning, and advocacy in the spring.  Congo has an extensive list of issues that require global attention.  NHAC’s effort is to initiate discussion and change first in New Haven.  Small steps, big changes.



Nourish at Yale

Nourish at Yale is the premier social entrepreneurship organization on Yale’s campus, and our mission is to end global poverty. Through our organization, college undergraduates establish small businesses and fundraisers on Yale’s campus throughout the school year. The profits and proceeds from these ventures are used to fund global community service projects. Over the summer, students travel abroad to a developing community and work side-by-side the local people to implement the project. Nourish prides itself on being distinctly committed to entrepreneurship and sustainability. We partner with NGOs that operate on-the-ground in a developing country (because they know the most pressing needs of a community better than we do), and we work closely with our international partners to ensure that our work is both meaningful and valuable.

Meetings: Thursdays, 8pm, LC 105; new members are always welcome.

Contact:; Chapter Leader, Dakota Meyers:; Campus Outreach Director, Rachel Looff:

Operation Smile

Operation Smile at Yale (OSY) is an organization set out to raise funds for and promote the mission of Operation Smile Inc., which is to provide reconstructive craniofacial surgery for children in developing countries. Our goals include: fundraising for the national Operation Smile organization, raising awareness about Operation Smile on campus and the local community, doing presentations in local high schools and middle schools about Operation Smile, and helping local high schools start their own Operation Smile clubs if they are interested.

Regular Meeting: Sunday 5pm WLH 001.


Quisque Yalies / Dominican Students Association

The Dominican Student Association: QuisqueYalies was started at the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year. Their goals include sponsoring informative and social events that will aid in addressing issues concerning Dominicans and other Latinos. DSA also concentrates its efforts on recruitment and retention of Dominican students by developing academic and personal support networks for undergraduate students and establishing networks with professionals and DSA alumni. DSA also strives to serve Dominican communities in the US and abroad through community service. DSA intends to serve as a resource to the Yale community on Dominican affairs by obtaining historical and updated information about the Dominican Republic. So far, DSA has hosted dinners, parties, movie screenings and fundraisers. In the future, we hope our efforts will culminate in a Dominican themed conference at Yale that will bring our community together and empower us.


Reach Out

Reach Out’s mission is to provide Yale students with opportunities to learn about, travel to, and engage in hands-on work in developing countries. Through our programs, we hope to equip Yale students with the tools and experiences they need to work against poverty, environmental degradation, and human rights abuses internationally. The spring break and summer service-learning trips provide a unique means for integrating academic learning about international development issues with first-hand experience in developing countries. These trips facilitate hands-on participation with organizations abroad attempting to combat the problems faced by people in the developing world including poverty, environmental degradation, inadequate health care & education services, and others. 2009 Trips included Argentina, Cape Verde, Cuba, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Nicaragua, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.


Presidents: and


REMEDY, Recovered Medical Equipment for the Developing World, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to actively promoting the recovery of unused medical supplies for the purpose of international medical relief and medical waste reduction. At REMEDY at Yale Student Association (RYSA), undergraduate students recover exposed, but unused, medical supplies from the operating rooms and intensive care units at Yale-New Haven Hospital and distribute these supplies to health clinics in the developing world. Additionally, REMEDY collects functional medical equipments from local health care clinics for donating to developing countries and collaborates with Yale organizations to establish international clinics. Please contact us if you plan to go on a medical mission trip abroad and we are happy to provide needed medical supplies.


Reproductive Rights Action League at Yale (RALY)

The Reproductive Rights Action League at Yale (RALY) is an undergraduate organization devoted to promoting information about and access to reproductive health services for Yale students. We provide students with much needed information about how to access reproductive health services. We also raise awareness about the national and global state of women’s reproductive health. Past activities have included an abstinence-only education speakout, celebrating the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, bringing NARAL president Kate Michelman to campus, and mobilizing students to attend the March for Women’s Lives. RALY’s purpose is to ensure that undergradutate students know about and have access to Yale’s reproductive health services as well as to raise campus awareness about the state of reproductive health in the nation and in other parts of the world.

Contact: Jessica Moldovan and Madeleine Rafferty, Co-Presidents – and

Weekly Meetings: Mondays at 7pm in the Yale Women’s Center

Responsible Endowment Project

Roosevelt Inst. Center for International Development

The Roosevelt Institution is a non-profit, non-partisan national network of campus-based progressive student think tanks; with more than 8,000 students and professional advisors, the Institution is the biggest student think tank network in the world. The Center on International Development is focused on studying the work being carried out by NGOs, charitable organizations, international aid agencies, government agencies, and similar groups with the intent of offering useful suggestions for improvement.

Center Coordinator Contacts:,


South Asian Society (SAS)

The South Asian Society shall be an educational, cultural, political, and social organization organizing speakers, cultural shows, study breaks, socials, and discussions to foster an increased awareness of South Asia on Yale’s campus.  It conducts its business in good faith, always keeping in mind the plethora of backgrounds and beliefs of its community.  The organization seeks to promote awareness of South Asian politics and culture.  It also seeks to provide a comfortable space for its members and foster a sense of community on campus.


Contact: Isha Ambani, President –

The Genocide Action Project (Gen-Act)

The Genocide Action Project (Gen-Act; formerly Yale STAND) is an undergraduate student organization at Yale University dedicated to ending and preventing genocide and related conflicts around the world. We strive to assist those suffering as a result of ongoing conflicts and to pursue political and social policies that prevent them from occurring in the first place.
Fryda Guedes (
Sesen Yehdego (
Jennifer Giang (
Meeting: Dwight Hall Library, Thursdays, 7PM

Unite for Sight

Unite For Sight is a global non-profit organization health delivery organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. Founded at Yale and headquartered in New Haven, Unite For Sight provides free and high quality eye care to patients living in extreme poverty in Ghana, Honduras, and India. Unite For Sight’s chapter at Yale University is one of more than 50 university chapters of Unite For Sight across North America.

At Yale’s Chapter of Unite For Sight, we train school teachers and community center staff about eye care knowledge and to connect their students and clients with free health coverage programs so that they can receive a complete eye exam by an eye doctor. Additionally, we fundraise to provide eye care to sponsor free, high-quality sight restoring services and surgeries for Unite For Sight partner clinics in Ghana, Honduras, and India. We also engage student members in research, volunteering, and ophthalmologist shadowing programs.



Meeting: Every other Monday, 8pm WLH 003

Universities Allied For Essential Medicines

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is a worldwide student organization working to improve access life-saving drugs in poor countries. Our Yale chapter works toward this goal by:

  • Working with Yale’s patent and licensing office to ensure that medicines developed at Yale are sold at affordable prices in the developing world;
  • Engaging in advocacy at the campus and national policy levels to generate the impetus for improved drug access provisions;
  • Lobbying universities and funding bodies increase research on neglected diseases – those that affect people too poor to attract private-sector R&D investment;

UAEM is a great forum to gain intimate exposure to global health activism while working with a passionate and diverse group of students.


Yale Chapter:


World Micro Market

World Micro-Market, a committee of the international development organization Reach Out, is a not-for-profit student-run organization that sells handicrafts from disadvantaged artisans in developing countries on Yale’s campus at regular markets in order to provide the artisans with a more profitable market. Moreover, through these markets, WMM enables Yale students to economically empower impoverished artisans and directly contribute to the alleviation of global poverty.

At the markets, WMM also educates students about the individual artisans and about the challenges they and their communities face.  Furthermore, the activities of the market aim to promote advocacy and awareness of international development issues and initiatives and to provide information about how students can become involved. Additionally, at the market, consumers will have the opportunity to donate to such international charity organizations as Alternative Gifts International, Heifer International, and Kiva.

Meeting times:  Currently Mondays at 8pm, but may change.

Yale African Students Association (YASA)

The Yale African Students Association (YASA) is a cultural, social and political group of students that welcomes all persons interested in Africa and African issues. It seeks to provide a community of friendship and intellectual discussions. YASA also promotes and represents the rich African culture on campus as well as providing a forum for discussion and action on current affairs.

Contact: Brian Mwiti (

Meeting: Wednesdays 9pm at AFAM House Game Room (basement)

Yale International Relations Association  (YIRA)

The Yale International Relations Association (YIRA) is Yale’s premier organization devoted to international affairs.  Since its founding in 1969, YIRA has grown to become one of the largest student organizations at Yale University.  Guided by a mission to provide the Yale community with “an education related to international affairs,” YIRA administers eight branches that give members opportunities to explore all aspects of international relations in a variety of settings.  These constituent programs are:

Model UN:

Security Council Simulation at Yale (SCSY) – our collegiate Model UN conference (contact:
Yale Model United Nations Conference (YMUN) – our high school conference, and one of the largest and most prestigious on the high school Model UN circuit;
United Nations Crisis Simulation at Yale (UNCSY) – our on-campus conference for Yale students, held every fall;
Model United Nations Team at Yale (MUNTY) – our competitive Model UN team, and one of the top ranked teams in the world (contact:

Non-Model UN:

Hemispheres – a community service program in which Yale students teach students from New Haven public schools about international affairs;
Yale Review of International Studies (YRIS) – a semiannual publication that publishes a selection of written work on international affairs written by Yale students;
International Trips – YIRA runs several trips abroad during breaks.  These have objectives related to international relations, such as development and election monitoring, and are heavily subsidized for members (contact:;
Board of Strategy and Operations (BSO) – a committee in charge of bringing speakers to campus, planning events, and providing recommendations for organizational management to the Board of Directors

General contact:

Yale Journal of Public Health

The Yale Journal of Public Health is an independent publication founded to provide a forum for discussion and enquiry in a medium that is accessible to both specialists and non-specialists alike.


Yale Journal of Medicine and Law 

The Yale Journal of Medicine and Law is Yale’s premier healthcare policy publication. From intellectual property for pharmaceutical drugs to bioethics issues to military medical programs around the world, YJML addresses the fact that medicine and law are now inextricably intertwined. We inform and create dialogue, both on Yale’s campus and in the greater community, across undergraduate, graduate and professional students, faculty, alumni, and a national subscriber base, including members of Congress.


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