Yale alumni use their power to influence mental health policy
After Yale first-year Rachael Shaw-Rosenbaum died by suicide in March 2021, a group of her loved ones, Yale alumni and others came together to form Elis for Rachael. For nearly two years, the organization, which recently acquired non-profit status, has been advocating for the university to make meaningful mental health reform, particularly surrounding medical withdrawal policies. This week, MCI reporter Mollie Ames speaks with some of the alumni leaders of the group about the current state of their efforts. The members discuss the lawsuit Elis for Rachael helped initiate against their alma mater last week and why they believe their position, as graduates, primes them to move the needle forward on higher ed mental health reform.