We are a group of proud Yale alumni that are excited for the opening of the University’s two newest residential colleges. We were delighted that the University invited alumni input into the naming of the colleges, and we urge the University to name the new colleges after facets of the Yale community that remain unrepresented among the current ranks of residential college namesakes. These unrepresented facets include, but are not limited to, Yale alumnae, alumni of color and LGBT alumni.
The idea for this website came out of the rich conversations generated by an open letter sent to Yale University President Peter Salovey and the Yale Corporation. This website showcases several notable alumni whose contributions to Yale and accomplishments in life make them exceptional candidates as namesakes for the new colleges. While certainly not an exhaustive list of Yale alumni of diverse backgrounds worthy of this honor, we hope that this website makes evident that diversity can and should be a top priority in naming Yale’s two newest colleges.
We invite you to peruse the website and share it widely with Yale alumni, faculty, administrators, and other community members. We also encourage you to share your thoughts, comments, and questions in the Comments section of each profile. To find out how you can help make these colleges a reality, be sure to visit the How You Can Help page.
Together, we can advance diversity at Yale in the twenty-first century.
Christopher Lapinig CC ’07 LAW ’13
Kaozouapa Elizabeth Lee TC ’11
Jeania Ree Moore SY ’12
Ivy Onyeador SY ’11