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About Us


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About Us


The Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA) is a volunteer-run, membership based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a vehicle for Yale University alumni to promote the civic participation, leadership and service of Asian Americans and Asians at Yale and in the broader society.

We pursue our mission by developing programs on campus and in communities in need through the following types of activities:

  • Support diversity and equal opportunity at Yale University
  • Strengthen student-alumni programs such as student externships and Life-after-Yale
  • Strengthen the leadership role and contributions of Asian American students and alumni at Yale and in society
  • Advocate for and support Asian American studies at Yale
  • Support student programs such as fellowships, internships, scholarships, prizes & volunteer opportunities
  • Support the Yale Asian American Cultural Center and its programs and initiatives
  • Support Asian American and other underserved communities through funded internships & other programs
  • Help further Yale’s mission and place in the world
  • Convene gatherings and conferences addressing issues of interest and concern to Alumni of Asian descent
  • Strengthen ties with other Yale alumni groups, faculty and outstanding Asian American Yale alumni

To learn more about AAAYA, click here.

The Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) oversees the direction of alumni organizations and programs, provides a channel for communication between the alumni and the University, provides the means for examination of University policies and maintains the stature of Yale University.  All Yale men and women, who have completed at least one semester in a degree program at Yale, are automatically members of the AYA and may be actively affiliated with the AYA through different block constituencies: classesclubsshared interest groups and graduate and professional school associations.

The Asian American Cultural Center at Yale (AACC), in cooperation with affiliated student organizations on campus, promotes Asian American culture and explores the social and political experience of Asians in the United States. The Center and affiliated student organizations are committed to the intellectual, cultural, social and political development of the Asian American student community. To best serve these needs, we work closely to bring diverse programming to campus (speakers, conferences, dinners, writers, study breaks, artists, activists, movie nights, etc.) with the goal of enriching student life at Yale for Asian Americans.  To learn more about the AACC, click here.

Reunion Staff & Volunteers


Reunion Staff & Volunteers


Steering Committee
Harry Chang SY'84, Reunion Co-Chair, AAAYA National 
Julie Wong TC'86, Reunion Co-Chair, AAAYA NorCal
Gaurav Khanna PC'94, Chair, Breakout Sessions
Sarah Tomita BR'06, Chair, Marketing & Communications
Chiraag Bains MC'03, Co-Chair, Sponsorships & Fundraising
Andrew Chen BK'03, Co-Chair, Sponsorships & Fundraising, Webmaster
Kelly Cheng JE'00, Finance
Chris Lapinig CC'07, JD'13, Alumni Outreach
Trish Takemoto TC'76, AAAYA NYC
Saveena Dhall, Assistant Dean, Yale College, Director, Asian American Cultural Center
Henry Kwan, '05 MA, Director, Shared Interest Groups, AYA

Breakout Session Chairs
Arts & Media: Cynthia Yuan Lee CC'93, Nilou Moochhala '97 MFA, Monique Truong TD'90
Education: Gaurav Khanna PC'94
Career Management: Cynthia Yuan Lee CC'93, Julie Wong TC'86
International: Nancy Yao Maasbach SOM'99
Law: Lee Wang BK'00, Connie Chan TC'05, '10 JD, Chris Lapinig CC'07, JD'13
Pathbreakers: Ken Inadomi PC'76
Politics: Ramey Ko SM'02, Malcolm Lee BR'82
Public Interest: Michele Lew JE'92, Tammy Kim TC'02
Technology: Mu Young Lee JE'92, Mike Chai MC'84

Student Leadership Board
Executive Director: Luming Chen PC‘14
Archival/Exhibit Curators: Richard Chung ES‘16, Andrew Ma TC‘15, Shelly Kim PC‘15
Arts Committee: Victoria Chu PC‘15, Payal Marathe SM'16, Connie Lu MC'15, Nicole Tsai SY'16
Alumni Networking Directors: Brandon Boyer TC‘15, Frances Chan TD‘15, Joyce Chen DC‘16, Julie Chang SY16
Social Media: Brandon Boyer TC‘15, Yuxi Liu ES‘16, Julie Chang DC‘16, John Tam BR‘15, Austin Long CC‘15

Special thanks to the following alumni for their contributions to marketing, communications, and sponsorship committees:

Ruchika Budhraja ES'03
Duck Ju Kang BK'12
Kavita Kapadia DC'13
Alison Lu TC'11
Hamsa Murthy MC'98
Swati Pandey TC'04
Lena Ren BK'11
Pianpian Xu '12 MA
Julie Yang PC'09
Robin Tang TC'11
Neheet Trivedi JE'03
Pianpian Xu '12 MA

 

Photo by Ron Waite

Photo by Ron Waite