Big Wins

of Our Tenures

Free 

Menstrual 
Hygiene

Products

in res colleges

Protected

Leadership

Positions for

Students on

LOA

Protected

Jobs for

Students on

LOA

Secured 

Free Meals

for Students 

over Breaks

Founded

YCC's

First Affinity

Group

Led YCC's joining

 Endowment

Justice

Coalition

Spearheaded

the Yale

New Haven Mayoral

Forum

Advocacy

Cut Mental

Health Wait

Times in

Half

Established

Cultural

Center

Bus Stop

Relaunched

Residential

College
Shuttle

Eliminated

Financial

Penalty to

Move Off

Campus

Walk In

Mental Health & 

Counseling

Hours

Res College

Community

Stockpiles

of Essential

Resources

Co Sponsored

YCC Universal

Pass

Proposal

Created

the

Yale Health

Committee

Created the

Mental

Health
Consortium

Co Founded

Inaugural

Climate

Crisis

Summit

Drafted

YCC

Universal

Pass

Statement

First

Campus

Wide

Women's

Mentor

Program

Record on Mental Health

As the University Services Director, Aliesa oversees all YCC initiatives related to Mental Health & Services at Yale. Since her first year, in collaboration with other amazing student organizations on campus like the Mental Health Health Association, she has...

Check out this Yale Daily News Interview about Aliesa and her team's success advocating for mental health policy

Spearheaded a campaign to collect student testimony about MH&C services informed our incoming MH&C Director's strategy

advocated for wait time reductions resulting in wait times being cut in half

successfully advocated for walk in appointments being guaranteed for next semester (pre COVID-19)

oversaw effort to have clinician photos added to the website

Secured the creation of COVID-19  Mental Health and Wellness Response Committee from Dean Chun

Wrote policy report that successfully persuaded Dean Chun to reverse his LOA policies, allowing students taking an LOA to hold campus jobs

Founded a Mental Health Consortium with the Good Life Center  and  theYale Mental Health Association which represents members of the the Asian American Cultural Center Wellness Team, the Good Life Center, Yale Mental Health & Counseling, the Yale College Council Senate, the Yale College Council Events, the  Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education (SHARE), Yale Undergraduate Mindfulness, The Yale Layer,  Disability Empowerment for Yale (DEFY), and Dwight Hall (pre COVID-19)

Organized a mental health counselor meet and greet

Record on Sexual Misconduct Prevention

Reilly is not only a member of the Title IX committee, but she also serves on the Sexual Misconduct Senate team. In these roles, she has fiercely worked to support survivors and combat sexual misconduct at Yale.

Worked with the administration to identify and begin implementing feminist self defense classes available to all undergraduates.

Served on the Title IX Advisory Committee, giving feedback and student perspectives on issues of sexual harassment and misconduct.

Worked with the administration to revitalize the “It’s On You Yale” campaign to involve student groups in the vital work of campus safety.

Advised and consulted with the Title IX Office on Yale’s response to the new Title IX regulations released by the U.S. Department  of Education in 2020.

Created by Aliesa Bahri

Created by Reilly Johnson, Karen Li, Sarah Pitafi, and Laurie Gomez

Created social media campaign to celebrate the 48th anniversary of Title IX

Compiled by infographic about resources for survivors

Record on Supporting First Generation Low Income Students

Reilly and Aliesa know the Yale students experience vastly differs along class lines. These disparities have only been exacerbated by COVID-19. They are committed to being allies who listen to and assist our first generation low income peers.

Pursued educational equity for undergraduates in the Architecture major, working with the administration and graduate students to store leftover materials and thus reduce materials that students must purchase.

Presented student perspectives to Dean Chun in regard to Yale’s instructions for retrieving students belongings over the summer and secured extended pick up slots as well as an increased number of allowed “helpers.”

Have consistently advocated for stipends for low income womxn on YCC to the YAA Board of Governors

Created Community Stockpiles of Necessary Resources like Safe Sex Supplies, Menstrual Hygiene Products, and Medication for students in every res college during the 14 day quarantine

Institutionalized the residential college disposable menstrual hygiene product initiative to make free menstrual hygiene products at every residential college. Secured a commitment from Dean Boyd to streamline distribution through the Community Consent Educators Secured storage through Pauli Murray College

Wrote policy report that successfully persuaded Dean Chun to reverse his LOA policies, allowing students taking an LOA to hold campus jobs

Organized a headshots & hot chocolate event to make quality headshots accessible to womxn on campus seeking to bolster their professional presentation.

Eliminated Fees to move Off Campus

Founded and Launched the YCC x YFAM x Dwight Hall x YHHAP Community Table Initiative to make meals accessible over Thanksgiving Break

Founded and Launched the Community Cabinet Spring Break Program to make food accessible in the Dwight Hall Kitchen for meals over Spring Break

Secured a commitment from Yale Dining to expand its current Spring Break meal plan by including additional meals in the plan for the same price.

Established the Relaunch of the Residential College Shuttle to provide free transportation alternatives to purchasing scooters or using rideshare apps.

Oversaw efforts to make DSA information more reader friendly

Cosponsored the Universal Pass resolution before the YCC Senate, penned the YCC Statement of Support of Universal Pass, advocated for support of Universal pass within our roles in other student organizations, and oversaw Residential College Support of Universal Pass to support vulnerable students who would be harmed by stratified grading system

Record on Endowment Justice

Aliesa proposed and advocated for the Yale College Council to join the Endowment Justice Coalition, providing activists a more direct channel of communication 

to the administration. She and Reilly have been strong proponents of divestment causes on campus.

Introduced and successfully advocated a resolution for Yale College Council to join the Endowment Justice Coalition.

Co-organized an initiative to contact elected representatives encouraging them to write testimony in support of EJC members who were arrested at the Harvard Yale game protest for their case

Worked as EJC members.

Currently the only YCC representative besides Kahlil Greene listed as supporters by Yale Forward, a campaign to elect Maggie Thomas to the Yale Board of Trustees who is a strong proponent of Endowment Justice — have phonebanked and campaigned for her.

Helped students learn about just reinvestment strategies when supporting Black Students for Disarmament at Yale teach-in

Record on Women Empowerment

There have been two womxn YCC Presidents is the past 36 years — electing womxn to the YCC presidency is rarer than a blue moon. Clearly, there are gender disparities and barriers at Yale that must be overcome. But Reilly and Aliesa care deeply about uplifting womxn at Yale, and their robust record reflects it.

Founded the first ycc affinity network, the Women’s Affinity Network which was structured to facilitate solidarity and leadership opportunity amongst women in YCC

Launched a year long mentorship program for womxn in tandem with the Women’s Leadership Initiative to connect first year womxn with olders students willing to guide and empower them

Organized the Women’s Speed Mentorship to introduce first year women at Yale to a host of driven and compassionate students willing to act as mentors and friends

Institutionalized the residential college disposable menstrual hygiene product initiative to make free menstrual hygiene products at every residential college. Secured a commitment from Dean Boyd to streamline distribution through the Community Consent Educators Secured storage through Pauli Murray College

Created social media campaign to celebrate the 48th anniversary of Title IX

Compiled by infographic about resources for survivors

Organized a headshots & hot chocolate event to make quality headshots accessible to womxn on campus seeking to bolster their professional presentation

Created by Reilly Johnson, Karen Li, Sarah Pitafi, and Laurie Gomez

Created by Aliesa Bahri

Record on Sustainability

Sustainability is one of Aliesa and Reilly's highest priorities. It is crucial that we as individuals and as one collective college community do our part in leaving behind a healthy planet for future generations. 

Co founded and led the Inaugural Yale College Council x Yale Student Environmental  Coalition (YSEC) Climate Crisis Summit attended by Dean Chun

Co Founded the YCC x YSEC monthly climate pledge initiative.

Worked with the administration and graduate students to store leftover Architecture course materials for use by the next year of students, reducing the amount of waste produced and materials consumed.

Oversaw initial efforts to secure a Green Revolving Fund before the project was transformed into a Task Force.

Worked with YSEC to make available portable solar powered laptop chargers in Bass

Co Facilitated the “Sustainability Guide for Green Quarenteens” to teach students about environmentally friendly practices and resources to utilize in quarantine

Record on New Haven 

As a University, we must respect the New Haven Community. Yalies have a responsibility to engage and support the city, and we are eager to collaborate with other orgs to assist you in doing so.

Spearheaded the Yale New Haven Mayoral Forum to introduce students in the New Haven political landscape and to register students to vote in New Haven

Established the position of Community Engagement Coordinator within the Executive Board of Sophomore Class Council to connect members to volunteering opportunities within the New Haven community.

Worked with Dwight Hall to incentivize residential colleges to send volunteers to participate in the First Year Day of Service through First Year Olympics points

Spearheaded legislative efforts with the Yale College Democrats related to criminal justice reform, affordable housing, and health which affect the entirety of CT

Supported BSDY teach-ins to disband the Yale Police Department

Organized the Yale Together Hour of Action event featuring Yale Alum Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to encourage students to advocate for Yale to dismantle the YPD and pay its fair share to New Haven

Lead first years on volunteer trips through the FOCUS on New Haven pre orientation program

Worked with Dwight Hall to make free food available there over Thanksgiving and Fall break

Co Organized the Yale Together Fundraiser which raised $50,000 to support nonprofits committed to combating racial injustice

Interned at the office of the New Haven public defender's office

Record on Transportation

Mobility and transportation accessibility are big for Reilly and Aliesa. You deserve the infrastructure to travel across your own campus. We're excited to build on our successes in this area.

Secured the relaunch of the residential college shuttle, increasing ease of student movement and strengthening accessibility of northern campus.

Established shuttle stops at Cultural Centers and the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media.

Record on Food Insecurity & Dining

Food insecurity is one of the most pressing challenges students face. It is especially unacceptable for such a wealthy school to allow its students to go hungry (although no student should suffer from starvation). We are proud to have worked with Georgetown's student government on these initiatives and will work to tackle this issue nationally.

Founded and Launched the YCC x YFAM x Dwight Hall x YHHAP Community Table Initiative to make meals accessible over Thanksgiving Break

Founded and Launched the Community Cabinet Spring Break Program, Yale's first community panty, to make food accessible in the Dwight Hall Kitchen for meals over Spring Break

Secured a commitment from Yale Dining to expand its current meal plan by including additional meals in the Spring Break meal plan to provide students more meals for the same price.

Served on the Yale Dining committee and advocated for cheaper meal plans

Record on Alumni Engagement

Our Alumni are a part of our broader Yale Community and can be excellent support systems to lean on when advancing tangible and productive change. We must engage and involve them in our efforts if we are to succeed in our most difficult missions such as divestment advocacy.

Currently the only YCC representative besides Kahlil Greene listed as supporters by Yale Forward, a campaign to elect Maggie Thomas to the Yale Board of Trustees who is a strong proponent of Endowment Justice

Consistently advocated for stipends for low income womxn on YCC to the YAA Board of Governors and Yale Women.

As Sophomore Class Council, worked with the Class of 2022 YAA Student Delegate to publicize a 2022-only alumni event and met with staff members of the YAA to discuss future class council collaboration.

Aliesa emailing Yale alum about making YCC more accessible

Record on First Year Support

The transition to college can be incredibly confusing and difficult which is why first years need extra support. As such, we've done our best to support the first year class through various  events and initatives. 

Leading first years in FOCUS

Served as First Year Class Council President and Vice President, roles in which we planned First Year Formal, First Year Olympics, and other major events

Guided the First Year Class Council as former Sophomore Class Council President

Drafted the First Year Handbook two years in a row

Served as a FOCUS leader in 2019 and led incoming first years on community service efforts. 

Served as a FOCUS panelist in 2020 and spoke to first years about my involvement in New Haven

Organized the YCC First Year bluebooking event in order to assist students with shopping period troubles

organized a First Year Senator Dinner

Organized YCC Blue Booking for First Years and the Welcome to YCC Event for First Years

Created Academic Tips for First Years Graphics Guide

First Year Class Council

created by Aliesa & Laurie