Community Life Committee

Community Life Committee

The Community Life Committee (CLC) is a Standing Committee of the General Faculty of the Yale Divinity School. The mission of the CLC is to create a sense of belonging and cultivate community for the YDS students, staff and faculty. The CLC organizes monthly community events to create spaces for the YDS Community to gather and build relationships. In addition, the CLC is responsible for governing the Student Groups of the Yale Divinity School.

The CLC is comprised of faculty members, administrators, and student representatives. Faculty members and administrators are appointed by the Dean, with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs serving as Co-Chair of the CLC. The other Co-Chair position is held by the CLC Sdent Coordinator. There are six additional students serving on CLC: The Associate CLC Student Coordinator, The All School Conference Coordinator, The YDSG President and three members of elected YDSG representatives: A first-year student, a second-year student, and a third-year student.

CLC Leadership for 2019-2020

CLC Co-Chairs
Jeanne Peloso, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Student Affairs (Co-Chair)
Omar Nicholson, MDiv 2021, CLC Coordinator
Lynn Sullivan, Director of Community Equity


Cathy George, Associate Dean of Berkeley Divinity School
Jennifer Davis, Director of Supervised Ministries

Student Representatives

Omar Nicholson, MDiv 2021, CLC Coordinator
Assistant CLC Coordinator: To be appointed by OSA September 2019
All School Conference Coordinator: Dawn Jefferson, MDiv 2021
YDSG Student Government President: Jessica Church, MDiv 2021
1st Year MAR Representatives: Sophie Beal, Daryl Denelle
2nd Year Representative: Ryan Joslin-Dirk
3rd Year Representative: To be determined September 2019
Andover Newton Seminary Representative: Heidi Butler

Student Groups

The following are YDS recognized Students Groups for 2019-2020

Asian Students Association (ASA)
Coordinators: Isaiah Ahn, Sarah Yang
Asian Students Association (ASA) provides a place for fellowship in the sharing of an ethnic bond and common faith. ASA is an inclusive space and community for students of Asian heritage, whether domestic or international students, along with fellow YDS students that are interested in advocacy of Asian/American issues. Frequent meetings roundtable discussions on current Asian/American theological issues, academic forums for the advancement of Asian-American theology, and fellowship gatherings.

Disciples of Christ Student Group
KCM Campbell-Morrison
The UCC/DOC group gathers to share in times of fellowship over luncheon discussions, dinner socials, worship, and community service opportunities. All are welcome.

Divinity Colloquium
Coordinators: Peter Angelica, Christopher Atkins, Oana Capatina
Our mission is an established forum dedicated to the fostering of collective academic effort and discourse at Yale Divinity School, Divinity Colloquium, a twice-monthly plenary session, wherein a student or scholar would present their work, semi-formally, to an audience of other students and faculty. Modeled upon successful iterations downtown, the Colloquium might take the form of discussion of a pre-circulated draft, a practice version of a conference, talk, or even a guest lecture. The ultimate aim of the Colloquium will be to provide a regularly convening venue wherein students may present their work to their peers, while receiving suggestions, constructive criticisms, praise, and that overall collective academic experience that should define graduate school.

Coordinators: Mecca Griffith, Sarah Yang
Divinnovation” (a linguistic braiding of Divinity and innovation) will be an organzed YDS student-led partnership with Tsai City, that would foster the incubation of faith-based projects, or social impact work, for future leaders emerging from YDS. Leaders who are looking beyond the Divinity School to create alumni and cross-campus ecosystems to support the creation of new social initiatives.
At Divinnovation, we care to demonstrate how theology is relevant to the not-so-religious and secular world. Conversely, we also care to demonstrate the ways in which business mechanisms are relevant to the theological space, and the broader world of ministry. We also care to translate how faith-based imaginations have relevance in non-religious social or business practices, since it is commonly understood that most secular ideologies are derived from faith, religionm or some redacted version of the two. As such, we exist to mediate between the two domains of faith and business, and become honest brokers of translation for social change.

Coordinators: Geronimo Desumala, Alicia Fowler, Victoria Slabinski
DivOut is a fellowship of Yale Divinity School students, faculty, and staff of all sexual orientations and gender identities dedicated to the full and equal participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, queer, transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people in faith communities and society. We are committed to care for one another, to seek justice for those who have been oppressed, and to work for the full inclusion of all people in the family of God. We provide materials on LGBTQIA issues and information to members of the community dealing with related topics. In addition to ongoing discussion groups, DivOut sponsors lectures, panels, worship services, and other educational, social, and cultural events.

Evangelical Fellowship 
Coordinator: Alex Smith
The Evangelical Fellowship strives to nurture spiritual disciplines, fellowship, and Spirit-led worship among the entire the YDS community. Weekly meetings include prayer and intercession, contemporary worship, and brief reflections from students. We invite the YDS community to join us as we seek to encounter the presence of God in our daily lives.

Faith, Ecology, Religion, Nature, Spirituality (FERNS)
Coordinators:  Rebecca Bland, Grace Martien
FERNS seeks to bring issues of creation care and ecological justice to the YDS community. We believe that God calls us to care for the entirety of creation with equal concern. Ecological concern encompasses a broad spectrum of issues but this group seeks, primarily, to work on issues of sustainability in our daily life here at YDS. This includes working with students on practical daily habits and addressing these issues at the administrative level. In addition to advocacy, this group also hosts educational events around environmental issues and seeks to work with YCSJ on ecological issues that connect with issues of social justice (eco-justice). 

Fiber Art and Needlework Souls (FANS)
Coordinators: AnneMarie Delgado, Grace Martien
Fiber Art and Needlework Souls (FANS) provides a place for fellowship and instruction for those sharing a common interest in fiber arts and needlework. The group meets every Friday in the Common Room over lunch creating a place of community where people at YDS can learn and share skills and knowledge on a variety of needlework arts. Additionally, we maintain a partnership with Andover Newton and their ‘warm welcome’ project with IRIS. FANS is open to other possibilities for partnership in the New Haven community.

International Student Fellowship
Coordinators: Jennet Nedirmammedova
The International Student Fellowship at Yale seeks to create both a sense of welcome for international students studying at Yale as well as a space for the faith of religiously-minded students to be cultivated and deepened. ISF is committed to providing support for the personal and academic needs of international students while creating an inclusive community and a sense of belonging.

Korean Evangelical Student Group
Coordinator: JiHee Hyung
The Korean Evangelical Student Group consists of both Koreans and Evangelical students at YDS including Korean-American, Korean-Korean, and those who identify themselves as Evangelical. This group has two purposes in its foundation: To encourage and help the Korean students, so-called ‘minority group’ in YDS community, to grow and sustain their identities by the means of prayers, worship and fellowship. Also, to contribute to the YDS community,  the group will present its own ethnicity and religious identity with an open mind.

La Comunidad
Coordinator: Maritza Bond
The Yale Divinity Latina/o Association is dedicated to creating a space for Latina/o voices at YDS, as well as providing resources to promote theological and cultural education for an entire YDS student body preparing for services to the church and the world. The YDLA hopes to foster comunidad Latina: an open, welcoming place to learn, struggle, and celebrate.

Lutheran Student Organization
Coordinators: Logan McLean, Claire Repscholdt
Through worship, retreats, barbecues, and informal gatherings, the Lutheran Student Organization (LSO) provides fellowship for all students involved in the Lutheran traditions. Functioning within YDS’s Lutheran Studies Program, students plan Tuesday evening Vespers in the Henri Nouwen Chapel, joint Eucharist services with Berkley Divinity School, and morning school-wide services in Marquand. The LSO also sponsors guest speakers and discussion forums for issues pertinent to the YDS community.

Methodist Studies
Sophia Gamber, Anna Grace Glaize

Multiracial & Multiethnic Students
Coordinators: Joseph Cundiff, Alex Smith
Multiethnic and Multiracial Students (M&MS) is a space for YDS students to share stories of growing up, being formed, and living in the fuzzy edges of race and ethnicity. This group was created as a sort of third place between the two worlds of each student’s ancestral or biological makeup, a third place where students can help each other undersrtand how to sit in both worlds at the same time or neither world. We aim to help students understand not only the cultureal significance but also the spiritual impact of being on the margins of social groups. We also aim to help member students understand the ownership of racial and ethnic components of our makeup, examining the products and consequences of claiming who we are as complete individuals. Advocacy is also a goal by, in the future, building visible and audible relationships with the “traditional” students of color groups. We hope to foster and accomplish this and more through regular meetings and gatherings like lunches and outings.

Native Crossroads
Madeleine Hutchins

Native Crossroads celebrates and elevates Native presence, scholarship and lifeways as Yale Divinity School. As relatives from many tribes and nations, we come together to affirm and encourage each other as we undertake diverse programs of theological and religious study. As scholars and community leaders, we open up conversations that explore the complex relationship between Native traditions and Christian faith. As teachers, healers and advocates, we seek to bring the power of Native voices into the institutional and ceremonial life of the YDS community. Overall, we seek to weave the vibrant patterns of indigenous knowledge-sharing, feasting and storytelling into the academic, liturgical and social fabric of the divinity school and the university.

Persian Student Association
Coordinators: Alex Smith, Mia Tabib, Jennet Nedirmammedova
YDS Persian Student Association is a non-political group which respects and honors the religious identities of all members. We provide support and solidarity for Middle Eastern students here at YDS. We believe that in bringing Persian/Middle Eastern cultural events to Yale Divinity School, we partake in the beauty of enriching this space with diversity, which will promote cultural awareness, and respect for various Middle Eastern ethnic groups.

Roman Catholic Fellowship
Coordinators: Phoenix Gonzalez, Zachary Ludwig
The Catholic Fellowship is an open and welcoming student organization that fosters community and shares Catholic traditions at YDS through fellowship, liturgical celebration, and service, oftentimes in collaboration with Yale’s Catholic Center, Saint Thomas More. We host a variety of events each semester, including a student-faculty dinner, movie nights, Eucharistic adoration, celebration of Mass, reading groups, lunch with the chaplains, discussions with visiting Catholic scholars, and communal prayer. RCF helps Catholic students at YDS bring together their studies and their faith, providing a place for friendship and discernment.

STM Students Fellowship
Coordinator: Shancia Jarrett
The STM Students Fellowship fosters friendship, fellowship, and academic discussions between STM students with the purpose of enriching research projects and STM students’ lives while at YDS.

Unitarian Univeralist Student Group
Coordinators: Tara Humphries, Ann Kadlecek, Ethan Loewi
The Unitarian Universalists Student Group provides support, denominational fellowship, and opportunities for education and theological reflection for Unitarian Universalist students at YDS, as well as Unitarian Universalist workship for the wider YDS community.

YDS Anglican Fellowship
Coordinators: Ben Crosby, Misty Kiwak Jacobs
YDS Anglican Fellowship seeks to live out the unity of the Church while recognizing and examining its divisions, especially those in the Anglican tradition. We seek to be the Church in its humble brokenness rather than win over fellow Christians to our own theological positions.
We seek to listen, learn and pray together, thereby witnessing to the YDS community what reconciliation can look like in local communities. All Christians interested in learning to navigate theological difference are welcome.

YDS Interfaith Club
Coordinators: Basya Gartenstein, Helena Martin, Alicen Roberts
The Interfaith Club hopes to work with students of all and no faith at YDS and across the larger Yale and New Haven communities to promote religious literacy and the development of the methodological skillsets that are necessary to function as leaders in multifaith contexts.

YDS Persian Student Association
Jennet Nedirmammedova, Alex Smith, Mia Tabib
YDS Persian Student Association is a non-political group which respects and honors the religious identities of all members. We provide support and solidarity for Middle Eastern students here at YDS. We believe that in bringing Persian/Middle Eastern cultural events to Yale Divinity School, we partake in the beauty of enriching this space with diversity, which will promote cultural awareness, and respect for various Middle Eastern ethnic groups.

YDS Women’s Center
Coordinator: Pricila Chavez Lara
The central mission of the YDS Women’s Center is to provide a safe, supportive community for discussion and reflection on experiences in ministry, academia, related fields, and our personal lives. All cis women, trans women, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming individuals are welcome in our safe space. The YDS Women’s Center also hosts events open to the entire divinity school community, typically with the focus on raising awareness about the persistence of gender-based discrimination and injustice against women. We aim to empower students to stand together in the work towards gender equity in their relationships, academic and sacred spaces, work places, and the wider world.

Yale Adventist Campus Fellowship
Coordinator: Stephen Erich
The Yale Adventist Campus Fellowship inspires Seventh-Day Adventist Christian students and faculty members to be disciples of Christ and empower them to share the everlasting gospel on campus. The group provides fellowship, spiritual guidance, and relationship-building as well as service opportunities for the YDS community. Activities include: bible studies, worship services, Community service and socials.

Yale Black Seminarians
Coordinator: Jathan Martin
Yale Black Seminarians is a faith-based, student-led organization committed to enhancing the lives of black students at Yale Divinity School. The mission of the Yale Black Seminarians serves the entire Yale Divinity School community with a committed focus on mobilizing the presence of black students through advocacy, faith and the pursuit of justice. Activities have included the Fall Revival, the Martin Luther King Day Worship Service, the Angel Tree Project at Christmas, and the Parks-King Lecture in the Spring. As an integral part of the YDS Community, the Yale Black Seminarians remain committed to diversity among both students and faculty.

Yale Divinity Drama
Coordinators:  Cecelia Bellomy, Phoenix Gonzalez, Will Parker
Yale Divinity Drama is intended to act as a forum for new writers, actors, directors, producers and drama enthusiasts. YDD is committed to bringing performances of new dramatic and poetic works by students to the larger YDS community.


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