Belonging at Yale - My Story

Each member of our community—Yale students, faculty, staff, and alumni—has a story to tell (one more fascinating than the next). We recently invited the Yale community to tell their stories by reflecting on a time when they did or did not feel like they belonged, either at Yale or in the world. Submissions are in and are now being gathered to post online as a way of promoting understanding and creating a community of belonging at Yale. We plan to post the stories on a “Story Map” for all to read as soon as possible. In the meantime, we share this story, one of many that we received from the Yale community. Stay tuned. More to come.

Watch the Inaugural “My Story” Event

Have you ever looked around campus and seen someone and thought to yourself, ‘What’s their story?’ On Wednesday, March 8, 2022, Kimberly Goff-Crews, secretary, and vice president for university life at Yale, led a discussion with four members of the Yale community.

The online event was well attended (over 270 community members) and well received with one staff member remarking that the conversation reinforced the notion that, “no matter what [a person’s] views, socio-economic status, race, gender, or religious beliefs are, they have a place at Yale and belong here and in our world.”

Featured Participants

  • Bayan Galal (YC '23) is a Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, and Global Affairs double major on the pre-med track. She is interested in pursuing the intersection between healthcare access and international development, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. She also serves as the president of the Yale College Council.
  • Larry Gladney joined Yale as Professor of Physics and Phyllis A. Wallace dean of Diversity and Faculty Development in January 2019. His research focuses on the intersection of experimental particle physics and cosmology, where he attempts to understand the origins of and fundamental connections between matter, energy, space, and time.
  • Canaan Harris ('20) studied Global Affairs as an undergraduate at Yale. He now serves as education program manager for the Global Teaching Project, which works with Mississippi school districts to provide AP STEM classes to the state's top rural students.
  • Cayetana Navarro (she/her or they/them) joined the Yale School of Medicine's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in June of 2021 as the inaugural program manager. In this role, she helps guide existing projects and supports the development and implementation of new ones that foster a diverse and inclusive department.