Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity tableBy history, intention, and design, the Yale Divinity School community embraces a wide range of Christian traditions. Committed to serving church and world, it also welcomes people of various religious and nonreligious traditions, drawing wide the circle to include myriad perspectives.

Seeking to foster the knowledge and love of God through critical engagement with the traditions of the Christian churches, the Divinity School upholds the value of broad inclusivity and diversity in our academic, worship, and communal life.

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We celebrate the fullness of race and color; denominational, political, theological, and cultural difference; the range of expressions of sexual and gender identity; and the varied voices that come with age, life experience, national and community service, and socioeconomic status.

In ecumenical conversation and in the space created that crosses traditionally entrenched positions, profound educational value is gained and diverse perspectives are presented.

To this end, we foster inclusivity and diversity through our academic, social, and spiritual practices. At the core of our intention is the deliberate encouragement of conversation across the lines of difference; attention to offering access to all aspects of our common life; consistent sensitivity to the uniqueness of each person’s background; and particular attentiveness to our words in speech, writing, prayer, and praise.

We value the worth and dignity of every member of the Divinity School community, as we build an environment where inclusivity and diversity are central and consistently affirmed.

Action & Impact

July 26, 2022
By Leah Silvieus ’21 M.A.R. Jason Craige Harris ’12 M.A.R. and Mercy Herrera ’13 M.A.R. met at YDS through a mutual friend. When she asked him out, he turned her down on...
June 14, 2022
June 14, 2022 Dean Greg Sterling today sent the following announcement to the YDS community. —— Congratulations are in order for a number of YDS faculty members....
June 10, 2022
By Kimberly Winston June 10, 2022 One day in June 2015, A. Kazimir Brown ’19 M.Div. went to work as usual as a budget analyst for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She...
May 25, 2022
By Timothy Cahill ’16 M.A.R. On a late September Sunday two years ago, some 45 members of the United Church of Christ gathered at the outdoor sanctuary of the Cathedral of...
May 22, 2022
A sampling of graduates reflect on their YDS experience and look ahead to what’s next in their lives and careers. Paul Agyei Essah ‘22 M.A.R. (Hebrew Bible) When I received...



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