A more inclusive Yale


The Yale community has been having essential conversations about the need to increase and respect diversity and inclusion on campus. This website highlights the actions Yale is taking and serves as a resource for related news, updates, and events.

Key Initiatives

On November 17, 2015, President Salovey launched a series of initiatives to foster diversity and inclusion across the university. Four key areas give structure to these efforts:

Strengthening the Academic Enterprise

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Establish university center for scholarship on race, ethnicity, and social identity As announced by President Salovey and Provost Polak on February 16, 2016, planning is under way for a prominent university center supporting scholarship in the areas of race, ethnicity, and other aspects of social identity. Stephen Pitti (professor of American studies and history, and master of Ezra Stiles College) will serve as inaugural director of the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, and is chairing its implementation committee.
Allocate additional faculty positions focused on scholarship on un- and underrepresented communities On November 19, 2015, the FAS Faculty Resource Committee voted to recommend the allocation of four faculty positions to these areas of scholarship.
Expand related course offerings in Yale College curriculum On December 7, 2015, Deans Tamar Gendler and Jonathan Holloway wrote to the Yale College community to provide information on spring 2016 courses in cultures of un- and under-represented communities.
Carry out five-year, university-wide faculty excellence and diversity initiative As announced by President Peter Salovey and Provost Ben Polak on November 3, 2015, Yale is committing more than $50 million in resources toward faculty recruitment, faculty appointments, pipeline development, and other efforts to build on the excellence and diversity of our faculty university-wide.
Appoint new deputy dean for faculty diversity and development in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences On April 4, 2016, Dean Tamar Gendler announced the appointment of Kathryn Lofton, professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History, Divinity, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, as the inaugural FAS deputy dean for diversity and faculty development.

Expanding Programs, Services, and Support for Students

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Increase cultural center budgets and staffing

The dean of Yale College is working with the directors of the four cultural centers to develop enhanced budgets for the centers.

Make adjustments to financial aid policy At a December 7, 2015, town hall meeting of the Yale College Council, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan and University Director of Financial Aid Caesar Storlazzi unveiled updates to the university’s undergraduate financial aid policies.
Enhance mental health and counseling offerings

The Yale Health Department of Mental Health and Counseling is offering on-site counseling coverage at the four cultural centers during through the reading and final exam weeks. Additional measures to enhance student mental health services will be announced early in the spring semester.

On December 18, 2015, Dr. Howard Blue was named deputy director of mental health and counseling at Yale Health. Dr. Blue will have a prominent role in working with colleagues across the Yale campus to increase awareness of mental health issues and take part in shaping programs to address diversity and inclusion for all Yale students.

Improving Institutional Structures and Practices

Action Item Information
Conduct leadership training on recognizing and combating discrimination In the spring term, members of the university leadership will receive this training. Similar programs will be provided to others across the university.
Explore new and expanded programs on diversity and inclusion

The Yale College Dean’s Office division of freshman affairs is reviewing and improving the diversity and inclusion portions of freshman counselor training and freshman orientation.

Freshman counselor training is split into two segments, spring and fall, with the spring segment entirely dedicated to questions of identity and freshman belonging. This year we are incorporating feedback from the cultural center directors, the student engagement staff, the residential colleges, and the current freshman counselors.

The Freshman Orientation Committee meets year round to plan orientation. The group is scheduled to hear feedback from the the Intercultural Affairs Committee and the current freshman counselors early in the spring semester.

Conversations between university leaders and graduate and professional students are ongoing. We will identify and implement new and expanded programs for students, faculty, and staff in the spring term.

On February 1, 2016, Secretary and Vice President for Student Life Kim Goff-Crews announced the creation of a new website for Yale students that collects and organizes the university’s policies, procedures, and resources for reporting and resolving incidents of discrimination or harassment.

Representations of Diversity on Campus

Action Item Information
Convene Committee on Public Art The Office of the President is convening this committee to consult the campus community on ideas for how we might better convey and celebrate our diversity and its history. The committee will hold an open session on this topic in spring 2016.
Continue conversation about names for new residential colleges and name of Calhoun College On January 25, 2016, Secretary and Vice President for Student Life Kim Goff-Crews invited the Yale campus community to attend one of two open meetings on this topic with Yale Corporation Senior Fellow Margaret H. Marshall. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni also can submit their comments regarding the name of Calhoun College and the naming of the two new residential colleges through an online form.

Featured Update

April 27, 2016
Yale announced on April 27 it will retain the name of Calhoun College, has selected names for two new residential colleges, and will change the title of “master.”


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