Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The people of Yale—faculty, students, staff, and alumni—form a diverse and inclusive community. The many talents and perspectives we share, in all their variety, are a great source of strength, amplifying the quality of a Yale education and the transformative power of Yale research.

Yale is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Your giving advances these core values by helping to bring people from diverse backgrounds to campus, support their work, and enable them to thrive here. Learn more about the university’s DEI initiatives by visiting Belonging at Yale.

Alumni, parents, and friends of Yale can participate in these efforts with gifts supporting research, teaching, our workplaces, and our community. For more information on how to make your gift, please contact Eugénie Gentry, Associate Vice President for Development and Campaign Director, at eugenie.gentry@yale.edu or 203.436.4844.

Scholarship, Research, and Practice

Yale leads the world in teaching and research that expand knowledge, celebrate humanity, and bridge the differences between people and cultures. In key areas, this work helps to strengthen the intellectual foundations for DEI, and in many instances, it puts these principles into practice in ways that shape our campus and the wider world. Here are just a few examples:

The Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM)

The Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM), an academic research center advancing interdisciplinary research and teaching on key topics of historical and contemporary importance

Justice Collaboratory

Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School, which combines theory and empirical research in an effort to make criminal justice in America more effective, just, and democratic

Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, part of the Yale MacMillan Center, promotes scholarship and public engagement to strengthen our understanding of slavery and its legacies from the distant past through the present day.

Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC)

Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC), a center within the Yale School of Medicine dedicated to actionable research that promotes population health and healthcare system equality

Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights

Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights, a program in Yale Law School advocating for women’s rights world wide

Jim Vlock First Year Building Project

The Jim Vlock First Year Building Project, a program in Yale School of Architecture in which students address housing inequality by building houses in under-resourced neighborhoods

The Broad Center at Yale School of Management

The Broad Center at Yale School of Management, which aims to improve public school systems in America’s cities through leadership development, impactful research, and policy engagement.

You can support DEI-oriented teaching and research with gifts for scholarships, fellowships, endowed faculty positions, and program funds.

Supporting Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups

Tomorrow’s leaders will come to Yale from a multitude of backgrounds, contributing diverse opinions, insights, skills, and perspectives that strengthen the university. We believe that the most promising students—regardless of origin—must be able to choose Yale and flourish here. This means taking conscious steps to combat racism and other forms of discrimination, while providing the support students need to overcome barriers to higher education.

In Yale College, need-blind admissions and generous financial aid are just the beginning. We want students from historically underrepresented groups to take part in every opportunity Yale has to offer, and we are committed to aid at key moments in the life of an undergraduate:

  • The Community Initiative empowers first-generation, low-income, and DACA/undocumented students with a robust support network to ensure academic and social success. The program helps students navigate Yale’s resources, foster identity development, and establish community among their peers.
  • The Yale College Dean’s Safety Net Fund supports students as emergencies arise, funding travel home during familial hardship, loaner laptops and other electronics, and urgent medical procedures.
  • The International Summer Award makes it possible for every undergraduate receiving term-time financial aid to participate in a Yale-approved summer opportunity abroad.
  • The Domestic Summer Award supports undergraduates taking part in unpaid summer experiences, such as an arts apprenticeship or an internship with a nonprofit, government entity, or nongovernmental organization. 

Yale welcomes giving to support financial aid, summer work and study opportunities, and other areas of student need.

In addition, you can help to fund the staffing and program needs of the many centers, programs, and services that assist students from historically underrepresented groups. Examples include:

The Chaplain’s Office

The Chaplain’s Office, dedicated to creating a welcoming campus community, supporting students in need, and promoting religious literacy

Yale College Cultural Centers

Yale College Cultural Centers, which act as social hubs and community bases for students from various cultures or ethnicities, supplementing the social environment of the larger Yale College community

Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning

Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, dedicated to student learning and especially the needs of first generation, low-income students

Office of International Students and Scholars

Office of International Students and Scholars, providing social, academic, travel, and legal support for students and scholars who are part of Yale’s international community

Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Resources

Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Resources, which provides services and support for students, faculty and staff across the University, including training and support for the programing, organizations, and initiatives of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community

Yale Women’s Center

Yale Women’s Center, an umbrella organization for groups on Yale’s campus and beyond that deal with issues of gender and sexuality. The center supports people of all genders and identities.

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Student Accessibility Services (SAS), facilitating individual accommodations for all students with disabilities throughout the university.  SAS work to remove both physical and attitudinal barriers that can prevent students’ full participation in the community.

Making the Faculty More Diverse

Giving in support of faculty positions and graduate fellowships helps create new opportunities for scholars from diverse backgrounds. 

Yale is in the midst of a multi-year, $85 million Initiative for Faculty Excellence and Diversity. The initiative aims to recruit and foster faculty members who promote diversity at Yale, while also expanding and developing the pool of PhD students who will contribute to the excellence and diversity of future educators.

Making the Student Body More Diverse

Yale College, the Graduate School, and the twelve professional schools are committed to increasing student diversity. Equal opportunity and diversity are fundamental to who we are as a nation and as a university, and we benefit immeasurably when people bring a wide range of talents, perspectives, and ideas to our community. A diverse Yale is a more vibrant, more relevant place—and one that sends extraordinary alumni into the world.

But funding to make a Yale education affordable and accessible is not equal across the university. In the professional schools, where endowments for student support are small, there is a significant need for funding to recruit and enroll students from low-income and other underrepresented groups.

Across the professional schools and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale aims to expand its funding so that students with demonstrated need may complete their degrees and pursue their professional goals without incurring debt. Your support of new endowments can move us closer to that goal.

For a complete listing, visit the Get Support page of the Belonging at Yale website.