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The Yale AIDS Memorial Project (YAMP) is an alumni-led initiative to honor and document the lives of hundreds of men and women from the University who perished during the AIDS epidemic. YAMP will pay homage to the deceased—students, faculty, and staff—by creating profiles with their biographies and photos, along with stories from their friends and family. By telling the story of AIDS through the lens of a single institution, YAMP will make the epidemic palpable for a younger generation and help to stimulate an AIDS memory boom.

In all likelihood, more Yalies died of AIDS than died during World War II. Until now, however, no attempt has been made to memorialize or document Yale’s history with the AIDS epidemic.

Each profile on this site consists of photographs, a mini-biography, a list of extracurricular and post-graduate affiliations, and, most importantly, personal stories from friends and family. The site’s functionality approximates that of a social network, allowing users to search against a number of variables, including class year, group membership, and profession.

YAMP is a vast and ambitious collaboration of volunteers and supporters, and we’d love for you to join us.

The memorial goal: to provide a space for communities to mourn the deaths and celebrate the lives of affiliates lost to AIDS

The narrative goal: to tell the story of the epidemic to a national audience—and to convey its incredible scope—by tracing its impact on a single institution

The archival goal: to build an archive of primary source material to help historians reconstruct the history of the plague before it fades from memory

The public-health goal: to help prevent the virus from spreading by educating current and future students about HIV/AIDS

The technological goal: to demonstrate the role technology can play in elucidating and memorializing the past

Phase 1 (2011 – 6/2012) — Build infrastructure and workflow; create an initial set of profiles; culminate in the release of Volume I of the Journal 

Phase 2 (6/2012 – 11/2013) Design, code and create the Website; build ranks of volunteers and staff; initiate at least ten profiles

Phase 3 (11/2013 – ) — Launch the Website and Shop; further build volunteer network; create an additional fifty profiles; achieve self-sustainability; organize a physical representation on campus

Phase 4 — Expand beyond Yale, working with universities and other institutions to create their own localized, narrative-based memorial projects 

July 4, 2012—The New York Times
A Project by Yale Alumni Profiles Lives Lost to AIDS

October 1, 2012—Huffington Post College
Yale AIDS Memorial Project [YAMP] Offers Plan For Institutional Memory Of AIDS Crisis On College Campuses

July 11, 2012—Huffington Post Gay Voices
Christopher Glazek, Founder Of Yale AIDS Memorial Project (YAMP), On Commemorating Losses To AIDS

July 5, 2012—Yale Alumni Magazine Blog
An AIDS memorial for Yale lives lost

September/October 2012—Yale Alumni Magazine
Remembering those lost to AIDS

December 4, 2012—Yale Daily News
Project honors Yale AIDS victims

September 26, 2012—Yale Daily News
Yale AIDS project to launch website

October 12, 2012—Yale Herald
Remembering AIDS

July 16, 2012—
Yalies Look to Preserve Stories of Lives Lost to an Epidemic

July 7, 2012—The Dish
How To Survive A Plague, Ctd

If you are interested in volunteering or adding to a profile, please join us. Any and all other questions can be sent to

This site was designed to allow easy flow between profiles and specific content. To do this, different kinds of hyperlinks are used:

John Wallace — profile
Princeton, New Jersey — place born, lived, or died
1960 — birth or death year
1988 — Yale graduation year
artist — Yale major, Yale activity, or occupation
AIDS graphics — popup image or slideshow
Untitled Track  — audio

This site was designed and programmed by Linked by Air.

  • Board of Directors George Chauncey
  • Mickey Dobbs
  • Richard Espinosa (Secretary)
  • Charles Gariepy (Treasurer)
  • Chris Glazek (Founding director)
  • Gregg Gonsalves
  • Joseph Gordon
  • Sharon Kugler
  • Michael Linares (Director/chair)
  • Nick Robbins
  • Staff
  • Richard Espinosa ‘10 MFA ’15
  • Charles Gariepy ‘09
  • Michael Linares ’09 MBA ’16
  • Nick Robbins ‘10 PHD
  • Ilana Seager ‘12
  • Antonio Sanchez ’13
  • Max Walden ’11 PHD ’18