Events Calendar

  • Thursday 5/4/23

    • May 4, 2023
      Starts at 4:00PM
      Online / On Campus
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-04T16:00:00 2023-05-04T16:00:00 America/New_York GLC Book Talk | Samuel Ringgold Ward: A Life of Struggle THIS IS A HYBRID EVENT WITH REMOTE VIEWING AVAILABLE VIA ZOOM David Blight (Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center; Sterling Professor of History at Yale) in conversation with Richard J.M. Blackett (Andrew Jackson Professor of History emeritus at Vanderbilt University) about his new book, "Samuel Ringgold Ward: A Life of Struggle" (Yale University Press / Black Lives series, 2023). Frederick Douglass, speaking of abolitionist Samuel Ringgold Ward, said “(as) an orator and thinker, he was vastly superior, I thought, to any of us.” In his revelatory new biography "Samuel Ringgold Ward: A Life of Struggle" R.J.M. Blackett offers the first comprehensive account of this pivotal and largely forgotten figure in Black history, whose family escaped slavery when he was an infant, and who became a leading figure in the struggle for Black freedom, citizenship, and equality. Blackett traces Ward (1817– c. 1869) from his birth into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to a childhood in bustling New York City to his years in Upstate New York, where he became the editor of multiple newspapers and one of the first Black ministers of an entirely white congregation. Along with Douglass, he founded the first African-American labor organization and toured the Northeast giving speeches advocating for abolition. Ward left America in 1851 after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law and he never returned. Through Blackett’s telling, we are introduced to one of the greatest free Black men of the antebellum era and become immersed in his world and intellectual circles. Blackett captures the ideas that made Ward’s speaking and writing so potent, the struggles and disputes within the abolitionist movement, and his years in Canada and England, where he achieved great success raising money for abolitionist causes. Blackett also shines new light on the last decade of Ward’s life in Jamaica, which has been lost almost entirely to history. This is the first book in Yale University Press’s new Black Lives series, which aims to tell the fullest range of stories about both notable and overlooked Black figures who profoundly shaped world history. Online / On Campus — Yale University Humanities Quadrangle false
    • May 4, 2023
      Starts at 7:30PM
      Chicago, IL
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-04T19:30:00 2023-05-04T19:30:00 America/New_York For Humanity Illuminated Chicago false
  • Friday 5/5/23

    • May 5 – May 7
      New Haven, CT
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-05T09:00:00 2023-05-07T17:00:00 America/New_York Yale School of Management Reunion Weekend

      Yale School of Management Alumni in the classes of 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018, 2021, 2022, & 2020 YGELPs are invited to celebrate their milestone reunions on May 5-7, 2023.

  • Wednesday 5/10/23

    • May 10
      5:00PM – 7:00PM
      More Than Words Waltham Book Store
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-10T17:00:00 2023-05-10T19:00:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: MA, Waltham - More Than Words

      More Than Words (MTW) sells books to change lives. This vital organization works with the most vulnerable young adults in Greater Boston: those who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school. At MTW they earn a paying job, learning job skills while receiving focused support to ensure they persist in school and map plans for their future work, education and life. Learn more about their model and impact here:

      Planned Activities:
      During our volunteer shift we will help youth on their business job. The activities vary, but may include organizing shelves, picking orders, sorting donations, and more. You may work as a big group or be divided up into smaller teams for different tasks. Your team will see that they have accomplished a lot to help our youth hit their goals! Learn more about what to expect here.

      If you have gently-loved books that you would like to donate to the organization, feel free to bring them. Find more information about the types of books they accept. Please plan to arrive early if you would like to make a donation of books.

      And feel free to arrive early/stay after to do some book shopping. It's a really fantastic bookstore!

      Capacity & Age Limitation:
      The Waltham MTW site can accommodate a group of 10 volunteers. Teens 15 and older may join an all adult group with a caregiver present. Volunteer slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and a waitlist will be kept. The site coordinator will inform you of your status within 48 hours after signing up. 

      Attendance Expectations:
      This YDOS volunteer project runs from 5:00-7:00 PM on a weeknight. It is important that everyone arrive on time so plan extra time for rush hour traffic and to find parking. If you cannot be on site at MTW Waltham for the 5:00 PM start, please consider signing up for another YDOS volunteer project.

      If for any reason, you sign up and are unable to attend, please contact Elisabeth Nevins, the site coordinator, as soon as possible so that your space can be offered to someone on the waitlist.

      What to Wear/Bring:
      Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing as we likely will be working in the MTW book warehouse. Bring water and/or a snack as we'll be busy during prime dinner hours. MTW currently does not require masking on site and we encourage you to make the choice whether to mask or not based on your own level of comfort.

      There are several spots in the MTW parking lot for visitors. If they are taken, there is plentiful free parking on nearby side streets. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to park.

      Who's Coming?

      Contact: Elisabeth Nevins

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  • Friday 5/12/23

    • May 12, 2023
      Starts at 12:00PM
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-12T12:00:00 2023-05-12T12:00:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: Virtual - Supporting the Women of The Mercy Learning Center

      The Mercy Learning Center (MLC) mission is to provide literacy and life skills training to low income women in Bridgeport, CT. The center serves about 1,000 women per year, from 50 countries of origin, and teaches English, Math, Science, Social Studies/Civics and computing/technology to prepare students for High School Equivalency diplomas, U.S. Citizenship exams, job interviews and college careers. MLC has a holistic approach and also offers social services, counseling, food and diaper assistance and childcare. CEO Jane Ferreira, Yale YDS Class of ‘89 often says, “When you educate a woman, you educate a family” and all donations will stretch across generations.

      Donation Drive: What is Needed and How to Contribute:
      The MLC is in urgent need of donations and family friendly Food Pantry & toiletries for their members for at home use. Given the pandemic’s impact on their community there are multiple ways to engage and contribute as follows:

      • May 12: Virtual Conversation: Optional Zoom call Friday afternoon, May 12 with Jane Ferreira, President & CEO of The Mercy Learning Center and Guest Speakers on “The Urgency of Accelerating Women’s Literacy”. See who's coming!
      • Ongoing: Cash/Credit Donations: Send directly to MLC and note YDOS 23
      • Ongoing: Food Pantry & Toiletries: Non-Perishable Healthy Foods and Toiletries can be sent via or for Monday to Friday delivery dates at any time to The Mercy Learning Center, 637 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604-4611.
        • Please note YDOS 23 in gift receipt comments for tracking.
        • Favorites of their families would be healthy cereal, soup, canned tuna and chicken, bags of rice and dried beans, pasta and sauce, canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter and jelly for groceries
        • Priority toiletries include toothbrushes (adult and child), toothpaste, floss, soap, shampoo, deodorant, baby wipes, tampons and sanitary napkins for toiletries.
      • May 22: In Person Drop Off: For those interested, we will drop off a care package on Monday, May 22, and take photos with The MLC staff and families, as available. Exact time to be scheduled in mid April 2023.

      Site Contacts: Lee Race '93 MBA & Kylie Race

      Social Sharing: If you’d like to include words of encouragement and name and Yale affiliation or a photo as part of our care package and social post for our YDOS for The Mercy Learning Center please email Lee & Kylie.

      Thank you to past participants, it’s been an incredibly meaningful effort to support The Mercy Learning Center mission, staff and community.

    • May 12
      6:00PM – 8:00PM
      Feeding San Diego Warehouse
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-12T18:00:00 2023-05-12T20:00:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: CA, San Diego - Feeding San Diego

      We’re so happy to return to Feeding San Diego for YDOS23! Your support of Feeding San Diego on this year's Day of Service will help end hunger in San Diego County, and enables Feeding San Diego to serve over 40.3 million meals in the community annually. You are making an impact.

      We have reserved this time for up to 12 volunteers.

      All volunteers that are part of our group should sign up to participate by using the easy steps provided below. Each individual volunteer should complete this step themselves (or on behalf of a minor child) versus having one person do it for everyone.

      Easy Steps to Sign Up Online:

      1. Visit the Feeding San Diego registration site
      2. Complete the registration steps by completing the Golden volunteer account.
      3. Click the orange register button to confirm the event.
      4. You will automatically be registered with the group and added to the volunteer opportunity.

      Each volunteer will receive a confirmation email when signed up successfully.

      Before You Arrive, Don’t Forget!
      - All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes.
      - Volunteers must be six and older to volunteer.
      - Any volunteers not signed up online must bring a paper waiver, to include a parent or guardian signature if under 18 years.


      Contact: Megan Schirmacher '93

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  • Saturday 5/13/23

    • May 13
      8:00AM – 12:30PM
      GallopNYC Sunrise Stables
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-13T08:00:00 2023-05-13T12:30:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: New York, NY - GallopNYC Therapeutic Horseback Riding Volunteer Day

      GallopNYC offers therapeutic horsemanship programs to New Yorkers with disabilities and special needs, including veterans, seniors, and at-risk youth. Volunteers support our programs by working with our riders in their lessons and providing care for our therapeutic horses. Our Sunrise Stables is in a verdant NYC park - join us for a fun day! 

      Volunteer requirements
      Age 16+ or by special permission
      Ability to stand and walk for an extended period (at least 30-minute intervals) 
      Ability to briefly jog with the horse and rider
      Ability to lift at least 25lbs
      Interest in kids, people with disabilities, animals, and the outdoors is encouraged! No experience is necessary. We provide all required training.

      Who's Coming?

      Contact: Alicia Kershaw '78 JD

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    • May 13
      8:30AM – 2:30PM
      Construction Site
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-13T08:30:00 2023-05-13T14:30:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: VT, Manchester - Habitat for Humanity New Construction Build

      Bennington County Habitat welcomes Yale Day of Service volunteers on May 13

      Help us build a home in Manchester! No construction experience is required. Please register on our scheduling platform called VolunteerUP. When you register select the group "Yale Alumni" and that will allow you to schedule yourself for the "Yale Day of Service" listing on May 13th.

      Instructions on registering and all relevant links can be found online.

      What we provide and expect on the work site:
      Bennington County Habitat provides all the tools and gear that volunteers need for a build day. Please feel free to bring your own favorite tool belt, if you wish.
      Also keep in mind the following:
      • Ages 16 and up
      • Appropriate attire is required. Please wear a T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt.
      • Sturdy boots or shoes are required on the construction site.
      • No jewelry or lose clothing is permitted.
      • No smoking is permitted.
      • No cell phones are allowed on the work site.

      Contact: Tye Poquette

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    • May 13
      9:00AM – 12:00PM
      Farmington Canal
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-13T09:00:00 2023-05-13T12:00:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: CT, New Haven - Urban Resources Initiative Tree Planting (RAIN OR SHINE)

      Urban Resources Initiative (URI) is a Yale University partnership that fosters community-based land stewardship and promotes environmental education in New Haven. Come join us to plant trees to honor long-term Yale employees who have chosen to donate a tree in lieu of receiving a gift.

      Come prepared for vigorous outdoor work; bring gloves. Older kids are welcome.

      The exact location and parking directions will be provided.

      Who's Coming?

      Contact: Christina Coffin '74

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