Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging

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

May 27, 2021
By Bryce Tapp ’22 M.A.R. Wherever Christians are active –– in the academy, in local churches, in chaplaincy –– “their gifts and talents, and certainly their intellect, will...
May 27, 2021
May 27, 2021 Yale Divinity School Dean Greg Sterling sent the following letter to students, faculty, and staff today, celebrating faculty promotions and other milestones....
May 25, 2021
May 25, 2021 Yale Divinity School Dean Greg Sterling issued the following statement today to the Divinity School community. —— It is my pleasure to share the...
May 18, 2021
May 18, 2021 Dean Greg Sterling sent the following message to the campus community today. —— Dear Colleagues,   Greetings. I am writing to provide a brief update...
May 14, 2021
By Pressley Peters Ademuyiwa Bamiduro ’13 M.Div. had two reasons for starting a fund to help YDS students pay for their divinity education, both learned through personal...
April 26, 2021
Editor’s note: The following brief excerpt comes from a history of Yale Divinity School being prepared for publication in 2022, when YDS will celebrate its 200th...
April 22, 2021
April 21, 2021 YDS Dean Greg Sterling released the following statement today. —— All of us have breathed a collective sigh of relief that justice was achieved...
April 19, 2021
April 19, 2021 Yale Divinity School Dean Greg Sterling made the following announcement today to the YDS campus community. ====== Dear Colleagues,   It is with great pleasure...
April 18, 2021
Preston Noah Williams ‘54 S.T.M., who has dedicated his career to promoting belonging for all students and scholars in the academy, is one of three education leaders selected...
April 4, 2021
Since January, a photography exhibit titled “Seminary” has been on display in the Divinity School’s Sarah Smith Gallery. The show features the work of Gabrielle Muller ’20 M....
March 1, 2021
By Leah Silvieus ’21 M.A.R. As a Chinese American child of immigrants, Assistant Professor of New Testament Yii-Jan Lin ’14 Ph.D. had always been somewhat aware of how one’s...
February 15, 2021
By Emily Judd ’19 M.A.R. In one of the most contentious places in the world, the Rev. Nicholas Porter ’94 M.Div. has sparked a peace movement. Porter, also a Yale College...
December 1, 2020
Jathan Martin ’21 M.Div. is the curator of an exhibit titled “I’m Buildin’ Me a Home” on display in the Divinity School’s Sarah Smith Gallery since September. The...
October 22, 2020
By Lauren Yanks ‘19 M.Div. Fifty-seven years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, a new generation gathered at the Lincoln Memorial...
October 15, 2020
By Clare Byrne ’22 M.A.R. Chloë Starr’s current research project, a book on the life of Christ in Chinese fiction, charts the multi-faceted ways Chinese novelists from the...
October 8, 2020
By Leah Silvieus ’21 M.A.R. Willie James Jennings’s theological education began in the living room of his childhood home, where he learned the art of Christian discipline...
September 26, 2020
By Elizabeth Ekman ’23 M.Div. When people ask what inspired him to minister to LGBTQ people and urge his church toward a more welcoming relationship with LGBTQ Catholics,...

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