This year has been a challenging one for many, if not most, of us. From the devastating and ongoing loss of life, economic turmoil, and social disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, to the worldwide uproar over systemic racial injustice, 2020 has most definitely not been the year that any of us hoped or thought it would be. It is hard to believe that 2020 - which is less than half over - started with the Australian wildfires, which already seem to be such a distant memory; so much has happened since then. And who knows what the rest of the year will bring? Much better, we hope.
Through it all, YaleWomen has been there for the Yale women alum community.
- We have hosted a well-received Climate Emergency: Practical Actions, Equitable Solutions webinar.
- We have co-sponsored a range of webinars on a variety of topics: Women, Men, and Food; Navigating and Thriving in Remote Work Environments; Career Transitions II - How Yale Alumni Successfully Navigated Professional Change; Food Fight: How the Restaurant and Catering Industry is Pivoting to Survive in a COVID-19 World; and Bienvenida Salud: Sustainable Change for Indigenous Women and Their Communities.
- We have launched a series of informal Zoom get-togethers to enable women alums throughout the United States and world to discuss whatever happens to be on their minds, sometimes confronting the issues of the day, sometimes providing a respite from them.
- We have launched the YaleWomen Cross Campus group, providing another way for women alums to connect.
- And we have supported the 50WomenAtYale150 celebration of the 50th anniversary of undergraduate co-education and 150th anniversary of gradual and professional school co-education at Yale.
And we will do even more in the upcoming year.
- We will continue to host or co-sponsor webinars on topics of particular interest to women alums.
- We will continue to host informal Zoom get-togethers and work towards building a truly dynamic virtual community for alums who can’t attend chapter events (whenever we can again host chapter events).
- We will continue to build our online capabilities, including our social media infrastructure, to give women alums more ways to connect with us and one another, whether it be via our website, Cross Campus, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
- And, perhaps most excitingly and most importantly, we will build on the solid foundation of YaleWomen’s original 2011 strategic plan with a new plan that reflects the interests and needs of today’s YaleWomen community. We will incorporate the results of the survey we conducted in September 2019, as well as additional input that we will seek in the coming months, into our new strategic plan. Our goal? An even more engaging, interactive, and relevant YaleWomen, sustainable through the rest of this decade and well into the future.
We have been fortunate to have the support of so many women alums to bring YaleWomen to the point where it is now. And we hope that we will have the support of even more women alums to move YaleWomen into the future. We realize that this is a difficult time for many; if you aren’t in a position to contribute to our fiscal-year-end fundraiser, we understand, and we will continue to be there for you. But if you can contribute, we would be so very grateful. YaleWomen receives no financial support from the University; rather, we rely on contributions from alums to support the work we do, and to advance the work we aspire to do. YaleWomen is truly at an inflection point, and we hope, with your support, to emerge stronger than ever.
Jennifer Ebisemiju Madar, B.A. 1988, Chair
Susan Pepin, B.A. 1987, Vice Chair
Susan Lennon, M.P.P.M. 1985, Secretary and Immediate Past Chair
Dana Allen Sands, B.A. 1983, Treasurer