HISTORY AND MISSION
After the political turbulence of the 1960s, a group of Yale students came together seeking to promote a better understanding of global affairs. As a result, in 1969, the Yale International Relations Association (YIRA) was founded.
The Yale International Relations Association strives to foster conversation about international relations on campus and beyond through conferences, classes, travel, publications, and speaker and social events. We aim to create an inclusive, diverse, and accessible educational space for students, providing resources that enrich public speaking, leadership, critical analysis, and problem-solving abilities so members may best apply their passion for international relations and give back to the world.
With consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council as well as members hailing from 30+ countries and pursuing all courses of study, YIRA is the largest undergraduate student organization at Yale and serves as the voice of international relations on campus.
ENRICHMENT AND EDUCATION
Through its unique and ambitious constituent programs, YIRA aims to foster debate about international affairs. We carry our mission of international education and academic enrichment in a multitude of ways that engage hundreds of members on campus.
ENGAGEMENT AND CONNECTION
We pride ourselves in the diversity of our members and the students we educate, as well as our educational programming that highlights different geographical regions, cultural upbringings, and social perspectives often overlooked in the field.
DEVELOPMENT AND INSPIRATION
As one of the most active undergraduate organizations, we ensure that our community is one of inclusivity and unity. YIRA offers a variety of ways to get involved and join our great cohort of future leaders throughout the year, continually striving to expand its contributions on campus and in the world.
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MORE ABOUT US
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