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  • Petitioned Edward Bass

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The Yale Corporation
Edward Bass

The Yale Corporation: Commit to transparency and democracy in the presidential search process

    1. Alejandro Gutierrez
    2. Petition by

      Alejandro Gutierrez

      North Hills, CA

For the first time in twenty years, Yale will have a new university president.  Despite the fact that the president makes vital decisions about the course and identity of the institution, and the fact that undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students are the largest and most visible constituency of the Yale community, we have been denied any formal representation in the presidential search process.

In order that the process better reflect the values of democracy and transparency that are at the core of this institution’s mission, we as Yale students demand that:

1. The minutes of each of the Presidential Search Committee meetings be accessible to the public.

2. A student representative be present at each of these meetings.

3. The candidates be announced a minimum of three weeks before the final selection is made in order to allow for meaningful public discourse about the decision.

We urge the Yale Corporation and the presidential search committee to enact these demands.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Elias Kleinbock NEW HAVEN, CT
      • about 2 years ago

      It's not enough it's not enough it's not enough it's not enough it's not enough. Yale can be better, it should be better, it owes it to its students, faculty, staff--and to its mission.

    • Loryn Helfmann SOUTH ORANGE, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      I think undergraduate students should have an opportunity to be involved in the selection of our next President.

    • Roger Pellegrini SCARSDALE, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm currently an undergraduate freshman at Yale, and I would like my voice to be heard more loudly in the presidential selection process.

    • Daniel Dickstein LIVINGSTON, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I am a student at Yale.

    • Adriana Rodriguez CHICAGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      It is important for us Yalies to have a voice in deciding who is our next President. Yale is great because of its students, and us, students, have the right to demand for transparency in this presidential search.


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