Our Mission

We are intentional advocates for progressive change in New Haven, in Connecticut, and across the country.
We fight for candidates and causes that advance equal justice, human dignity, and the empowerment of all people.
We embrace students of all backgrounds who want to take action and join an inclusive community dedicated to these values..


"[The] common room of Yale's Branford College... is becoming a regular stop on the campaign trail for candidates seeking statewide office." -New Haven Independent, February 16, 2010


The Yale College Democrats is committed to working on local, state-wide, and national elections all year around. We work for candidates in general elections or uncontested primaries who we believe align with our progressive values. In the past, we have helped to elect Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and President Barack Obama.

Legislative ADVOCACY

Throughout the year, we partner with New Haven nonprofit and activist organizations to advocate for progressive policies in the Elm City. In the spring, we run issue campaigns, work with state legislators, and testify at the State Capitol in Hartford to promote legislation that advances equality and justice for all. Our efforts helped win the repeal of the death penalty in Connecticut and a mandate that all colleges and universities in our state employ affirmative consent policies.


City Engagement

City engagement is the wing of Yale College Democrats that engages with New Haven. Each semester, we partner with local politicians, non-profits and community organizers to support their work in the city. At Monday meetings, we call local Alders in support of policies we believe in, conduct research for policy projects, and promote our causes on social media and via petitions. If you have any questions about what we do on City Engagement or are interested in getting involved, please contact our City Engagement Coordinator, Ali Bauman ‘21.