Alice Young ’71 Receives 2020 Yale Medal

Congratulations to Alice Young who is among five 2020 Yale Medalists to be honored during the annual YAA Assembly and Yale Alumni Fund Convocation later this year virtually.

Alice Young. Photo by Lia Chang

The Yale Medal is the highest honor presented by the Yale Alumni Association, awarded annually to members of the Yale family for their individual service to the university.

AALDEF’s Stanley Mark and 2009 Justice in Action honoree Dale Minami, civil rights attorney and co-founder of AALDEF, at its 35th Anniversary Celebration at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City on Thursday, March 26, 2009. Photo by Lia Chang

“I am overwhelmed to be awarded the 2020 Yale Medal, the highest honor given by the Yale Alumni Association for individual service to the university,” Ms Young shared on Facebook. “Yale gave me the gift of education, a lifelong love of learning, survival skills (I was in the first class of women) and the credibility to get in the front door in the business world at a time when being a woman and a minority was a marked disadvantage.”

Sandy Leung, Alice Young, Juju Chang, Parkin Lee and Henry Moritsugu at the AALDEF lunar new year gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York on February 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Sandy Leung, Alice Young, Juju Chang, Parkin Lee and Henry Moritsugu at the AALDEF lunar new year gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York on February 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Since its inception, the Yale Medal has been presented to more than 300 individuals who have shown extraordinary devotion to the Yale’s ideals and demonstrated their support through extensive, exemplary service to the university and its many schools, institutes, and programs.

Alice Young with AALDEF’s Senior Staff Attorney Stanley Mark and Executive Director Margaret Fung flank Alice Young at the AALDEF lunar new year gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York on February 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Likewise, this year’s recipients have made significant and lasting contributions to Yale and its alumni community, as civil rights trailblazers, shapers of the university in both form and function, and as contributors who have made Yale a more inclusive university – and who continue to guide its path today.

Alice Young, Bary Scheck and Charles Ogletree, Jr. attend AALDEF’s 40th Anniversary Gala banquet at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in New York on March 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Young is a trailblazer, groundbreaker, and a champion for the power of mentoring. As one of the first women in Yale College, and as the first woman and minority to open and manage the New York office of a major international law firm, she has counseled countless alumnae over the years. She arrived at Yale as one of the few women on campus and one of just nine Asian Americans in her class. To address that disparity, she co-founded the Asian American Students Alliance (AASA) and joined the executive committee of Yale College and the Yale Admissions Committee, working to bring more Asian students to campus and recruiting future Yalies from her native Hawaii. After graduation, Young transitioned from student activist to alumna advocate, building upon her passions for justice and equality. She has spoken frequently on campus to encourage women and minorities to consider international law, and she remains active in AASA, played a key role in the 50th anniversary celebration of women in Yale College, and is a committed fellow of Davenport College. And as a key member of the Yale Alumni Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, she helped guide the task force on how to connect Yale students of color with alumni of color. Through her many roles, Young has distinguished herself as one of Yale’s most durable and trusted voices, an inspiration to all who have been fortunate to experience her leadership and grace. She has received numerous awards for her corporate, mentoring and civic achievements, including Boy Scouts of America (NY Councils) “Distinguished Woman of the Year” Award and the Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund “Justice in Action” Award, and she was selected by Harvard Law Record as one of the 50 outstanding alumnae of Harvard Law School.

In her words: Alice Young ’71

Committee of 100 members at MOCA’s 32nd Annual Legacy Awards on December 12, 2011 in New York City: (from left) Arthur Liu, Dominic Ng, Maya Lin, Jenny Ming, Ted Wang, Lulu Wang, Oscar Tang, Calvin Tsao, Alice Young, and Anla Cheng. Photo by Lia Chang

Click here to read more about the other honorees including Bruce D. Alexander ’65, Rahul R. Prasad ’84 MS, ’87 PhD, Judith Ann Schiff, and Kurt L. Schmoke ’71.

2020 Yale Medalists (L to R) Bruce Alexander, Rahul Prasad, Judith Schiff, Kurt Schmoke, and Alice Young. Photos provided by Yale Alumni
2015 Justice in Action honoree John W. Kuo, Don Liu and Alice Young at the AALDEF lunar new year gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York on February 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Photos: John W. Kuo, Jessica Hagedorn, and Neal Katyal Receive AALDEF 2015 Justice in Action Awards

Photos: AALDEF Honors Mari Matsuda, Aasif Mandvi, and John Chou in 2014 at 40th Anniversary Celebration

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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