Yale is committed to maintaining an inclusive community of scholars that celebrates people with a variety of backgrounds and beliefs. Here you’ll find the organizations on campus that help to honor our diverse student body.
Cultural centers house student organizations and provide space for meetings, plays, art exhibits, and parties. In addition to meeting space, each center offers a library, a kitchen, computers, and a variety of other facilities. These cultural centers foster a sense of cultural identity and educate people in the larger community. They also act as optional social centers and community bases for students of a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
The Yale Chaplain’s Office provides pastoral care to individuals and the Yale community in times of crisis; supports the flourishing of Religious and Spiritual Communities; educates students on faith-related topics; and hosts interfaith student groups and events.
The Office of LGBTQ Resources works to create a visible LGBTQ community that includes staff, faculty and students from all of Yale’s schools and from a wide variety of life experiences. We actively network with other Yale offices that advocate in support of diversity.
Yale Women’s Center
The Women’s Center, while open to men, primarily is a space for the women of Yale. Its mission is to improve the lives of all women, especially at Yale and in New Haven.
Several organizations uphold Yale’s historic tradition of military service and provide support and community for staff, alumni, and students who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Yale
For three centuries, the University has educated students from all walks of life who have gone on to leadership positions in virtually every field. ROTC programs open to Yale students help continue that tradition of leadership. You may wish to consider ROTC or related programs as a means of financing your Yale education and preparing for service in the military.
International Students & Scholars
The OISS provides resources and offers programming for the hundreds of international students, scholars, and family members of the Yale community.
Yale World Fellows
The Yale World Fellows program brings emerging global leaders to campus, creating international dialogues and offering career development through access to Yale’s vast resources. To date, the program has created a network of 250 Fellows from 81 countries.
Office for Graduate Student Development & Diversity
The Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity (OGSDD) is firmly committed to building a supportive community in which graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds are empowered in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals.OGSDD was established with the knowledge that diversity among graduate students enhances the life of the entire scholarly community at Yale. OGSDD and the Graduate School recognize that a diverse student body is essential if the academy is to remain an engaged and relevant institution within its contemporary society. This office provides both thematic programming and individual advising for students across the disciplines as they move through their degree programs at Yale, providing them with supportive members of the Yale community as well as essential opportunities for academic growth. Prospective applicants and current students are equally encouraged to visit or contact the office to learn more about the resources and mentoring that it provides.
Minority Student Coordinators
Each academic year, Minority Student Coordinators are appointed in the Graduate School and in each professional school to focus on minority student education and recruitment.