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Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Mission Statement and Plan of Action

DEIB Mission

To lead YSPH’s efforts to diversify its student body, faculty, and staff; to cultivate an anti-racist and inclusive culture in which all members belong and are treated with respect; and to promote public health equity through our education, research, and practice.

Scholarship, Research, Practice and Teaching

  • Establish an annual Dean’s Lecture focused on health equity
  • Add a new course on racism and health
  • Work with the YSPH Office of Academic Affairs to develop a plan to evaluate course syllabi for bias and inclusive teaching practices
  • Work with the YSPH Education Committee to develop and add questions related to DEIB classroom environment and inclusive teaching practices on the semester-end course evaluation form

Diversity of the Yale Community

  • Support the recruitment and retention of outstanding students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds
  • Increase outreach to minority-serving institutions to further diversify the student applicant pool
  • Increase the number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Supplements awarded to faculty with an eligible grant
  • Enhance staff search and hiring process to achieve greater diversity

Equitable Process, Procedure, and Responses

  • Support informal resolutions, including use of restorative justice principles and practices, for student complaints of discrimination and harassment
  • Assess the portraits, photographs, and other images and artifacts in all the common spaces at YSPH to ensure a welcoming environment that reflects the diversity and inclusivity of the school

Professional and Personal Development of Inclusive Practice

  • Create a DEIB training plan for all students, faculty, and staff
  • Arrange for faculty training on inclusive teaching practices

Acknowledgment, Recognition, and Respect

  • Participate in initiatives to hire local New Haven residents, particularly from diverse backgrounds, as summer interns and staff members
  • Partner with 1stGenYale alumni association and Yale Office of Career Strategy to provide undergraduates on financial aid with summer research internships with YSPH faculty

Communication, Transparency and Accountability

  • Work with the YSPH Office of Faculty and Staff Affairs to add DEIB-related questions to faculty and staff year-end reports/performance reviews
  • Conduct climate/culture studies of faculty and students


  • Efforts

    • Appointed inaugural Associate Dean for DEI

    • Implemented changes to the faculty search process

    • Completed staff climate/culture survey

    • Created Student Diversity Ambassador positions

  • Students of Color

    1/2 of MPH students from the U.S. are students of color.
  • International Students

    1/3 of MPH students are international.