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Yale: Alumni Groups Recognized for Advancing Diversity

For more than 20 years, a core group of alumni volunteers from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) has been working to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at the school.

One of the key drivers of this effort has been Mr. Kevin Nelson, a former president of the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health (AYAPH) and former chair of its Emerging Majority Affairs Committee or EMAC.

It was Mr. Nelson, in fact, who changed the name of the alumni association’s minority affairs committee to EMAC when he became chair in 1999. He felt the name more accurately reflected emerging national demographics and was also more empowering.

So, it was fitting that Mr. Nelson, now CEO at Aetna Better Health of New York, was present to accept a Yale Alumni Association (YAA) Board of Governors Excellence Award on behalf of AYAPH and EMAC.

The award, presented during the 2019 YAA Assembly and Alumni Fund Convocation, recognized the YSPH alumni board and EMAC for sponsoring a day-long retreat in February 2019 that brought together more than 35 alumni, administrators and students from YSPH and across Yale to discuss ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts.

The retreat, which included a DEI consultant, focused on developing strategies to strengthen DEI infrastructure and measure progress for DEI initiatives. It was a first-of-its-kind event for the Yale School of Public Health and is being considered as a model for other Yale schools to follow.

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