Humanist Alumni of Yale (HAY) is a shared interest group for Elis committed to exploring nonreligious perspectives on living an ethical life and finding personal fulfillment. HAY connects Humanist alumni around the world with resources, enabling its members to organize social and service events with other Humanist alumni in their community—both at Yale and more broadly. Furthermore, HAY will provide alumni with opportunities to connect with and help current Humanist students and groups. Want to learn more about Humanist Alumni of Yale and get involved? Sign up by visiting http://bit.ly/YHCalumni
Current Leadership Team
Membership: Vlad Chituc
Vlad Chituc is a research associate in the Center for Advanced Hindsight in the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. He graduated from Yale in 2012 and was the president of the Secular Student Alliance at Yale. Independent of his professional research, he is interested in developing and promoting an accurate and responsible picture of religion better informed by the social sciences. He edits the blog NonProphet Status and contributes to The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post’s Religion Section.
Outreach and programs: Wendy Webber
Wendy is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, where she was a founder of an atheist, agnostic, and multifaith community that continues to foster interfaith/belief dialogues and initiatives on campus. She spent a year with Pathfinders Project, an international humanist service project designed to find the location to start the permanent Humanist Service Corps. Wendy writes about religion, atheism, and interbelief engagement primarily for her blog (interbelief.com), NonProphet Status, State of Formation, and Applied Sentience, and she serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for YHC. When she is able, she plays tennis, takes photos, and enjoys offbeat museums.
Liaison to YHC and Yale: Miles Lasater
Miles Lasater is a Co-Founder of the Yale Humanist Community and currently serves on the Board of Directors as its Chair. An alumni of Yale, Miles has a BA in computer science. Active in the New Haven community, Miles is on the board of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and on Yale’s Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility. In the recent past he has served as a member of the Port Authority of New Haven, on the Board of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society, and was founding Board member of MakeHaven, New Haven’s makerspace. Recipient of the Elm-Ivy Award, Miles was recognized by the Mayor of New Haven and the President of Yale for strengthening partnerships among the New Haven and Yale communities. As an extension of his interest in civic life, social entrepreneurship and technology, he co-founded SeeClickFix, a Government 2.0 start-up which is growing quickly. He has served as volunteer tax preparer and is the creator of New Haven’s Cluefest, an annual city-wide scavenger hunt. (Yes, it’s silly, but fun! He invites you to join in some time.)
Fundraising and philanthropy: Esther Boyd
Esther Boyd is a humanist working in multifaith chaplaincy at Johns Hopkins University after receiving her M.A. in Religion and Literature from Yale Divinity School in 2013. While at Yale, she founded Yale Divinity School’s humanist interfaith student cooperative, Open Party, sparking deeper interest in interreligious education and providing opportunities for non-religious students on campus to connect and engage the community. Esther is also the Director of Communications for State of Formation, and an editor for the Humanist Chaplaincy thinkblog Applied Sentience.
Alumni engagement: Conor Robinson
Conor Robinson (ES ’10) founded the Yale Humanist Society (now Yale AHA), majored in English, and minored in intramural sports. After serving as the founding Resource Specialist at a bilingual elementary school in Los Angeles, Conor organized Pathfinders Project, a yearlong global humanist service trip. Conor received Foundation Beyond Belief’s 2014 Humanist Visionary award in recognition of this work, and he joined the Foundation in August 2014 to launch the Humanist Service Corps. Conor is a mediocre blogger but an excellent diarist. Food, books, Settlers of Catan, family, and nature make him happy.