Help Create a Greener D.C.: Support Casey Trees!


Since 2002, Casey Trees has worked to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. While their support is a more recent event on Washington, D.C.’s timeline, our urban forest has been growing strong since the inception of our city. Going back to D.C.’s early days, the nation’s founders made sure that the city had a balance of nature and buildings. By 1870, 60,000 trees were planted as part of a public works project – earning D.C. the nickname “City of Trees”. 

Today Casey Trees strives to build on the green foundation of our founders and work to ensure that trees remain part of resident’s everyday life. They are driven by trees and people. When you support Casey Trees, you join a community of people dedicated to protecting our urban forest and create a more climate resilient city. 

Our goal is to raise $4,000 to create a greener D.C., and with your help we can get there! The fundraiser runs from September 5-October 9!

Yale Club of Washington, D.C. Virtual Event

Your City, Your Trees | Casey Trees x Yale Club of DC

Thursday, September 30, 2021


Join the Yale Club of DC and Casey Trees online at Your City, Your Trees on Thursday, September 30 and you will learn about:

·       DC’s urban forest in our changing cityscape

·       Easy tree identification practices

·       Environmental benefits provided by trees

·       Casey Trees programs and opportunities

Yale Club of Washington, D.C. Virtual Event


Hispanic Heritage Month Event


Representations of Latin America and Spain Through Film with Professor Margherita Tortora

Thursday, October 7, 2021


Please join us for an evening of Latin American and Spanish film! Yale Professor Margherita Tortora will join us for a conversation about films in Spanish and their use as a vehicle to immerse audiences into different and unfamiliar points of view.

Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale 

October 28-30, 2021

Commissioned by President Peter Salovey, a working group of historians, librarians, student researchers, and community members is conducting a thorough research study of Yale University’s historical relationships with slavery, racism, and their aftermaths. On October 28-30, 2021 the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale will host a conference on “Yale and Slavery in Historical Perspective,” presenting the research findings in process. Topics will include the university’s 18th century theological roots, the economics of slavery-created wealth, the place of Southern slaveholders at Yale, medical and scientific legacies of race at Yale, forces of abolition at the university, the labor history of the building of the institution over three centuries, and Yale’s extraordinary reconciliationist Civil War memorial, dedicated in 1915. The conference will engage the Yale and New Haven communities as well as the national context of reckoning with the past.


Dear fellow alumni,

For more than 146 years, members of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. have served as the backbone of the Yale alumni community throughout the DMV.  Through this tradition of member support, the Club brings local Yale alumni together to connect, learn, socialize, and serve the communities in which we live.  We currently have 681 contributing Club members whose support allows the Club to serve the approximately 14,000 Yale degree holders, parents, and widows in the greater Washington area.  The Yale Club of Washington, D.C. is among the most vibrant of all Yale clubs across the country.  It is thanks to the financial support of our membership that we are able to do so much. 

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, Club membership has started to decline, understandable, in light of its effect on people’s professional lives and livelihoods.  If you would like to be or remain a Club member, but are unable to do so due to financial hardship, please let me know. 

For those of you who are able, we invite you to become a member, if you are not one already.  And for those of you who are members, we urge you to renew your membership, when the time comes.  Being a member directly supports Club operations and activities.  Our Club is more than just a social club.  Our community service options, under the leadership of Maria Whelan, are particularly robust.  We work closely with the Capital Area Food Bank and sponsor multiple community service fellowships a year.  In addition, we offer educational programming focused on matters of urgent public interest, as well as a variety of topics that feature the diversity and achievement of Yale alumni.

In times like these, it is important to remain connected.  We welcome DMV Alumni from Yale College and ALL Yale graduate and professional schools as part of our community!    Please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] with your thoughts and suggestions, which will be most welcome.  Stay well and healthy.           

Yvette Soliz Rivers '96, Vice President of Membership    


Dear fellow alumni,

I write to share an update on the Club's programming plans for the fiscal year.  We will continue to host monthly lectures, virtually for now, and are excited to share plans to broaden the event topic variety offered.  We intend to do so by increasing both the number and subject area of our offerings.  In addition to educational programming, we aim to increase the number of events featuring faculty from Yale College as well as faculty from Yale graduate and professional schools.  We also plan to increase the number of panel events and see this as a key way to engage with material by highlighting the multidimensionality of the issue under discussion. It is our hope to promote valuable connections between the subject matter experts with one another, and with the audience.  One key takeaway from these past months of virtual events is our membership's strong desire to engage with each other and the content during event discussions.  To further this objective, we will host more interactive sessions and use virtual "break-out" rooms whenever feasible to foster discussion in a more intimate setting.  We see this as a way to create community, which stands as a bedrock principal of our Club's purpose and stated goals.  Our planned expansion of the variety of programming types offered will include heritage month events, professional development and Yale alumni career stories, and instructional programming.  Lastly, we are engaging with the greater Yale community to provide artistic programming content.  More information will be coming out soon on this initiative! 

Thank you for being the best part of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C.  Please reach out to me directly if you have suggestions for programming.

Hope to see you soon "virtually" in one of our programs!

Lauren Harris, '14, President



I want to share my sincerest thanks to all of the supporters of the Yale Club Community Service Fellowship program. Thanks to the generous contributions of Yale alums, this summer FOUR Yale student fellows will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on our community. They will be placed with local nonprofit organizations: D.C. Youth Orchestra, Capital Area Food Bank, A Wider Circle, and Martha's Table for meaningful internship experiences.

This is only possible because of your support. Without your generous contribution, this fellowship program wouldn't exist. On behalf of the Yale Club, I thank you for your donation to this important initiative.

With gratitude,
Maria Vera Whelan (JE ‘08)
Vice President, Community Service
Yale Club of Washington, D.C.


The Yale Club of Washington, D.C. is proud to receive a YAA Board of Excellence Award for our programs last fiscal year. Our Club is proud to work with such a brilliant, motivated, caring, and diverse group of alums, and we appreciate everyone who supports our community.  

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The Yale Club of Washington, D.C. is regularly hosting webinars and virtual meetings.

Members are able to access all past recordings in our Virtual Library