About the Young Alumni Leaders

The Vanderbilt Young Alumni Leader program (YAL) is an opportunity to involve recent graduates in the university beyond their student days, while expanding the opportunities for trustees and alumni leaders to interact with all students at Vanderbilt by having the knowledge and viewpoints of Vanderbilt's diverse student and young alumni population represented. 

The YAL's help to provide leadership of Vanderbilt's 130,000-member alumni community by serving a three year term on the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board immediately followed by a two year term on the Vanderbilt Board of Trust. Their time on the Alumni Board provides the needed perspective, experience and preparation for their time on the Board of Trust. Vanderbilt was the first university to start the tradition of having a graduating senior nominated to sit on the Board of Trust in 1968.

The Young Alumni Leader selection process

The YAL is a graduating senior nominated by his or her classmates. After soliciting nominations from current seniors, those names are submitted to the YAL Nomination Advisory Group for deliberation. This group consists of leaders from each of the 16 groups represented on the Student Leadership Summit, as well as the president of the Student Alumni Board and a representative of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board. The YAL Nomination Advisory Group reviews all nominations and puts forth three qualified finalists to the Board of Trust for selection.

Current Young Alumni Leaders

Damonta D. Morgan, A&S ’17

Current location: New York, NY

Damonta D. Morgan is a fourth-year student with a double major in history and political science. He entered Vanderbilt as a sophomore transfer student from George Washington University, and  has the distinction of being a Gates Millennium Scholar and a Horatio Alger National Scholar. He will begin attending graduate school at Columbia University in the fall.


Rebecca Alissa Noella Chong, A&S ’16

Current location: Mountain View, CA

Rebecca Alissa Noella Chong graduated in 2016 with a major in Multicultural and Diversity Studies and a minor in Human Organizational Development. In addition to her time at Vanderbilt, she spent a semester abroad in Rabat, Morocco. While at Vanderbilt, she participated in MOSAIC, the Executive Board of the Multicultural Leadership Council, and the Panhellenic Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Chong is currently working at Google, Inc. headquarters.




Aditya V. Karhade, BE ’15

Current location: Boston, MA

Aditya Karhade graduated in 2015 from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering with a degree in biomedical engineering and neuroscience. While at Vanderbilt he participated in the Multicultural Leadership Council, Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, Alternative Spring Break, and Vanderbilt Engineering World Health. Karhade is currently attending Harvard University Medical School.