All About STAY
Why We Exist
Students and alumni, working closely with the Association of Yale Alumni ("AYA"), Undergraduate Career Services ("UCS"), graduate and professional school associations, and other campus partners, aim to:
- Enhance the Yale experience for students by connecting them with Yale's experienced and enthusiastic alumni
- Prepare students for life after Yale through career panels, networking opportunities, and mentoring
- Encourage students to stay involved with Yale after graduation by providing them with alumni leadership opportunities
- Inspire alumni to reconnect with Yale or enhance their current connection through meaningful interaction with the student body
- Encourage alumni to inspire students through life experiences and insights
- Contribute our joint time and talent to further Yale's mission in the world
STAY's Strategic Role at Yale
STAY's committee volunteers and leaders exert a disruptively positive force at Yale. Traditionally, alumni/ae relations offices don't focus on students; likewise, Deans' Offices don't focus on alumni/ae. With STAY's platform, we affect Yale and the Yale's stakeholders in varying ways: by breaking down institutional boundaries, by confronting challenges that alumni/ae or students alone would find daunting, by finding/connecting existing resources, by applying technology, by inventing new collaborations, and by marshalling STAY horsepower to support resource-constrained individuals and groups. For example, despite harboring hundreds of student groups (each needing students to lead it), Yale doesn't yet offer to the entire Yale student community unfettered access to pure leadership training. Bringing Yale alumni/ae and students together in collaboration with the AYA, STAY has started to fill this void. Likewise, Yale has only begun to offer campus-wide joint student-alumni volunteer opportunities. Through Yale Day of Service student-alumni/ae collaboration, and recent international alumni/ae volunteer trips, STAY is pushing in this direction.
Student-alumni organizations exist at a handful of other non-Ivy colleges and universities. One-off student-alumni programs exist at some of the Ivies (e.g., Dartmouth's "Take a Student to Lunch" program). Among the non-Ivies with sustained student-alumni organizations, such organizations focus on various combinations of service/philanthropy, tradition/pride, and networking/mentoring. Here at Yale, STAY makes Yale a pioneer in student-alumni service and programming among the Ivies.
Key elements of STAY's model include:
- Service, programs and events open to - and for the benefit of - the entire Yale community
- Linkage between service and mentoring/networking
- Dues-free membership, but with active committee service required
Volunteering for STAY's committees and working groups - or participating in support of STAY - is by application and is open to all Yale students, Yale alumni, University faculty and staff, and other members of the Yale community. All STAY volunteers must be active members of at least one committee or working group. STAY is led by an Executive Board, but STAY's mission is achieved through the efforts of our committees and working groups:
- Membership. Responsible for locating and engaging Yale students and alumni with STAY. The committee will review applications to STAY and recommend new members to the Executive Committee.
- Publicity. Respsonsible for promoting STAY programs, events, and opportunities throughout the Yale community. Maintains STAY website and social media outlets.
- Professional. Responsible for organizing at least 4 career panels featuring Yale alumni per year. Also repsonsible for initiating networking events.
- Mentoring. Responsible for developing and implementing a mentoring program. Mentoring includes undergraduate/G&P student mentoring as well as student/alumni mentoring.
- Service. Responsible for promoting the Yale Day of Service, the Yale Alumni Service Corps, and other existing alumni volunteer programs to students. May also choose to initiate new service programs that bring students and alumni together.
- Development. In conjunction with STAY's Board and Treasurer, responsible for raising funding to support STAY's events and programs.
The Unmet Need
There is much for Yale students to learn about life after Yale, and many constituencies for which Yale could be doing far more - with STAY's help. We're spilling over with horsepower, but still in the process of obtaining longer-term funding. We've achieved STAY's existing progress - in areas such as Student Leadership Forums, Career Panels, and energizing the Yale Day of Service - without a single dollar of Yale funding. STAY now seeks to sustain leadership training, deploy a multi-tiered mentoring strategy, and to fund greater student participation in Yale's national and global alumni volunteer initiatives. In essence, STAY will leverage how Yale's alumni volunteers - newly teamed with (and as advisors to) Yale students - change lives. We can choose to congratulate ourselves on the progress that we've made in creating our new-and-positively-disruptive platform...or we can catapult STAY into meeting the needs of dozens of student and alumni groups not yet brought together, and of the hundreds/thousands of students and alumni not-yet-empowered to change lives, and - most importantly - of the countless lives beyond Yale needing help. Our choice is clear.