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Association News

YIRA was mentioned in the Washington Post for its recent initiatives to address issues of diversity and accessibility within its programs and membership.

Yale Undergraduate Admissions highlighted the Security Council Simulation at Yale, held in October. The conference brought in delegates from twenty-nine different universities for a weekend of debate.

 

HISTORY AND MISSION

The Yale International Relations Association (YIRA) was founded in 1969 by a group of students seeking to promote a better understanding of global affairs after the turbulent affairs of the 1960s. With consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council and hundreds of members hailing from more than 30 countries and pursuing virtually all courses of study, YIRA is the largest undergraduate student organization at Yale and serves as the voice of international relations on campus. Through its unique and ambitious constituent programs, YIRA aims to foster debate about international affairs. 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. As one of the most active undergraduate organizations, YIRA offers a variety of ways to get involved and join our great community of students.

 

 

WHAT WE DO

YIRA's constituent programs include the following: MUNTY, YMUN, YMUN-Taiwan, YMUN-Korea, YMUN-China, Yale Model Government Europe (YMGE), Security Council Simulation at Yale (SCSY), YRIS, YMUNI, and Hemispheres. More information about these constituent programs can be found in their individual tabs on this website. 

 

MISSION

The mission of the Yale International Relations Association is to build a community of students engaged in service to the Yale, New Haven, and international community in which we operate, as part of an effort to promote education and debate about global affairs. Our intent is to provide an inclusive and nurturing community that facilitates productive discourse and action conducted with regards to pressing global issues.