Dear YAARs,
 
As the dean of the Asian American Cultural Center, I've been involved in planning for the 2014 reunion weekend for two and a half years, and I'm thrilled to know that so many of you will be returning to campus for this exciting event.
 
At the reunion, which runs from April 11 to April 13, 2014, you will be able to connect to the AACC, to its current students, to its 50+ Asian themed student organizations, to greater Yale resources and communities, and back to New Haven. Some of you were active in the center and our affiliated groups and perhaps are founding members.  Others of you attended Yale when we did not have a facility to call our own.  And still others of you spent your Yale years immersed in other campus activities and associations. Whatever your Yale journey was like, we invite you to call the center your own.
 
Since 1981, the AACC has served as a second home to generations of students in Yale College and in the graduate and professional schools. Although our community has grown since then, our mission has stayed the same: to showcase community gatherings, usually over delicious Asian food!  We are dedicated to the intellectual, social, cultural and political development of our Asian American community and our programs and initiatives serve the students, faculty and staff of Yale University and members of the New Haven community.
 
Over the reunion weekend, the AACC will have extended hours, so please visit! Come see and take part in our exhibit of Asians at Yale, participate in group interviews with fellow alumni to add your story to our living history, drop in for some chai/tea, and mingle with each other and leaders of our various student groups.  We have planned several activities for you and invite you to take part in as many as you please. In addition to the reunion schedule, the AACC will host various events and gatherings from Thursday through Sunday. 
 
During my thirteen years at Yale, I’ve have the pleasure of meeting so many of you through AACC Life after Yale events, regional alumni events, AYA Reunion receptions, our biennial Yale Harvard Alumni Student Banquets, Externship sponsors and students gatherings, AAAYA functions, and at other festivities.  Now, we have the opportunity to come together en masse—as one community—with plenty of opportunities to interact with fellow alumni, engage with current students, learn about Yale now, and renew friendships. It's in this spirit of friendship in our reunion's name -- YAAR AAAYA (friend has come) -- that I join in welcoming you back to Yale.
 
Saveena Dhall

Assistant Dean of Yale College
Director, Asian American Cultural Center at Yale University
Director, Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowships Program


Asian and Asian American Alumni Reunion
Calendar of AACC Events
April 11-13, 2014
Yale Campus

 
Friday, April 11 (AACC Hours: 9am–Midnight)
 

9:30am–11:30am         
AACC Breakfast Reception and Exhibit Opening
AACC, 295 Crown Street

 
9:30am–11:00am
        
Shared Memories: History of Asian Americans at Yale Exhibit is on display at the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC, 295 Crown Street).

Shared Memories: History of Asian Americans at Yale Exhibit is on display at the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC, 295 Crown Street). The exhibit traces the history of Asian Americans at Yale from the early days of student organizing to today. Major themes include student activism, social and racial issues on campus, student and faculty recruitment, and academics. Come learn about Asian American life at Yale through original materials such as newspaper articles, event posters, and correspondences. Join one of the guided tours from Exhibit Curators at listed times throughout the weekend or feel free to peruse on your own.  

Guided Tour 1: 9:30am--10:00am

Guided Tour 2: 10:00am--10:30am

Guided Tour 3: 10:30am--11:00am

 
10:00am–10:30am       
Shared Memories: History of Asian Americans at Yale Exhibit, Guided Tour 2

10:30am–11:00am       
Shared Memories: History of Asian Americans at Yale Exhibit Guided Tour 3 

                                                

9:00pm–10:30pm    
AACC Pan Asian Cultural Showcase: Experience the diverse talents of the Asian American community from break dancing to spoken word
Battell Chapel, 400 College Street

 

Saturday, April 12 (AACC Hours: 9am–Midnight)

 
1:00pm–2:00pm         
Groups “Meet and Greet” Luncheon

Groups featured will include undergraduate, professional, and graduate groups affiliated with the AACC and AAAYA national & regional chapters
Davenport College Common Room, enter gate at 248 York Street 

3:30pm–4:45pm         
The New Face of Yale: Student Perspectives 

Curious about how student life has changed on campus? Come hear from current Yale undergraduate and graduate/professional school students about their experiences thus far and how they’ve navigated their journey here.  Share your favorite stories and experiences!  We invite you to join us in a conversation with Angeline Wang ‘16, Brandon Boyer ‘15, Richard Tao LAW ‘15, Shivani Bhatt MED ‘21, and Zaina Zayyad ’14. 
 
 

5:00pm–6:00pm         
Shared Memories: History of Asian Americans at Yale Exhibit is on display at the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC, 295 Crown Street). 

Shared Memories: History of Asian Americans at Yale Exhibit is on display at the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC, 295 Crown Street). The exhibit traces the history of Asian Americans at Yale from the early days of student organizing to today. Major themes include student activism, social and racial issues on campus, student and faculty recruitment, and academics. Come learn about Asian American life at Yale through original materials such as newspaper articles, event posters, and correspondences. Join one of the guided tours from Exhibit Curators at listed times throughout the weekend or feel free to peruse on your own.  

Guided Tour 1: 5:00pm--5:30pm

Guided Tour 2: 5:30pm--6:00pm

 

 

Sunday, April 13 (AACC Hours: 9am–2pm)

 
10:30am–Noon        
   
Mentoring and Networking Sessions with Students and Alumni
Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street