The second plenary session of the 2019 Yale Alumni Association Assembly and Yale Alumni Fund Convocation was headlined by President Peter Salovey’s ’86 PhD annual university update, a report on the state of Yale that touches on the school’s priorities, achievements, and work to come.

In his address, President Salovey focused on bringing together people – alumni, students, professors, and more – across boundaries and throughout academic disciplines to achieve great results and to leave a long-lasting impact.

“The university’s mission calls us to explore our world in all its vast complexity – and to create knowledge that benefits humanity,” he said. “The stakes for the work we face could not be higher.”

Yale, Salovey posited, is in a unique position to conquer global problems and to lead – now and into the future.

“Like no other university, we blend breadth with intimacy,” Salovey said. “We can bring together scholars and experts from across disciplines and ensure that the insights of one field rapidly drive innovation in another.”

In closing, he added: “We must be a vibrant home for the kind of cross-disciplinary collaboration that solves global problems. We must empower groundbreaking scientific discoveries. We must remain a radiant center of humanistic scholarship and artistic expression. We must open the doors wider as we prepare leaders of promise and integrity who will serve all sectors of society.

“In these ways, let us bring light and truth to a country and a world that need both.”