My career at Yale University began in 2015 as a New Haven Promise intern for Yale Medicine Administration (YMA). In 2017, I returned to YMA as an intern in the departments of Human Resources and Learning and Development. This 6-week internship was extended, and I stayed on for a year and half to assist with boosting employee morale through focus groups and various events. In 2019, I joined YMA as a permanent full-time employee as a Senior Administrative Assistant. Currently, I work in the office of Diversity, Inclusion, Community Engagement and Equity (DICE).
The city of New Haven is an integral part of who I am. It is more than just the city that I was born and raised in. New Haven has educated me; I was a public-school student from the first grade through college. New Haven made me a humanitarian; my volunteer experiences began as a child at the New Haven Soup Kitchen and brought me to Yale New Haven Hospital as a high school student. New Haven has prepared me for the workforce; from internships through New Haven Promise to employment at The Connection, Inc. and Yale University. I deeply resonate with New Haven Promise’s motto of “To, Through and Back” – to college, through college and back to New Haven. I believe in full circle experiences and I fully intend to give back to the city that has invested so much in me.
-Aja Diggs, MBA ’14 & SCSU ’18