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.

Ongoing projects

New Haven Legal Assistance Gentrification/Displacement CampaigN

We help organize actions to address gentrification and displacement, publicize city meetings on social media to increase turnout and livestream and take notes at city & NHLAA meetings.

Sponsors: Caitlin Maloney and Robin Golden at New Haven Legal Assistance Community and Economic Justice Unit

New Haven Legal Assistance Landlord Survey

We conduct and analyze a survey to capture needs of landlords to ensure that housing matches are made faster for people on subsidies and to gain a basic understanding of landlord concerns, and we foster relationships with landlords to find common ground between landlords and tenants to improve policy advocacy at City Hall.

Sponsors: Billy Huang at New Haven Legal Assistance Statistics Unit

Land Development Policy Research

The United Illuminating Company is demolishing a building primarily because they will pay less taxes on the property if the lot is empty. We are planning to craft a policy memo on ways that other cities approach land-use policy in regard to empty lots.

Sponsor: Alder Abby Roth

Y2Y New Haven Community Engagement

We are responsible for supporting Y2Y New Haven’s commitment to building a project that is in deep collaboration with a broad network of stakeholders across New Haven. We assist in coordinating Y2Y New Haven's Advisory Board, a board composed of experts and community stakeholders from diverse fields, and organizing Y2Y New Haven's public coalition of support with a focus on Wooster Square, Fair Haven, and Downtown Neighborhood.

Sponsor: Sam Greenberg at Y2Y

Sanctuary City Effort

Working on an ordinance to formally establish New Haven as a Sanctuary City, we meet with alders to discuss policy and draft memos on the legality and financial viability of the legislation. We also organize students and community members to support the legislation and attend meetings and public hearings. 

Sponsors: Ward 1 Alder Catalbasoglu & Fatima Rojas

New Haven Public School Advocates Culturally Responsive Teaching Effort:

We advocate for measures to make the New Haven Public Schools curriculum more inclusive of ethnic studies and indigenous history after a thorough review of the curriculum audit from this summer.

Sponsor: Sarah Miller at New Haven Public School Advocates

New Haven Public School Advocates Transparency Effort

We livestream Board of Education and Education Committee meetings and take notes on major decisions to encourage accessibility and transparency of proceedings.

Sponsors: Sarah Miller at New Haven Public School Advocates

Yale Financial Responsibility to New Haven Working Group

We plan to examine Yale’s financial relationship with New Haven, compiling existing research on the subject, considering potential campus organizing approaches and meeting with decision-makers in the Provost and Investments offices

Sponsor: Ali Bauman (City Engagement Coordinator)