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Emerging Majority Affairs Committee


The Emerging Majority Affairs Committee (EMAC) has evolved from what was formerly known as the Minority Affairs Committee. The new name was adopted to reflect changing demographics in the United States—a transformation that is acknowledged on a national level.

The U.S. Census projects that by the year 2015, non-Hispanic whites will represent 65.5 percent of the population and decrease thereafter by approximately 2 percent annually. Comparatively, the 1990 U.S. Census reported non-Hispanic whites as representing 75.7 percent of the population.

According to the 2000 Census, non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanic/Latinos reflect 12.3 and 12.5 percent, respectively, of the U.S. population. While a 1 percent decline is expected among non-Hispanic blacks by 2015 (approximately 11 to 12 percent in 2015), the greatest population growth will be seen among individuals of Latin descent. They are a heterogeneous group of individuals who identify as black, Indigenous/Native and white, and it is anticipated that by 2025 this group will represent 20 percent of the U.S. population.


EMAC strives to meet its goal by pursuing the following activities:

  • Addressing YSPH issues that impact the interest, performance and/or impression of underrepresented students of color
  • Raising funds for the Creed/Patton/Steele and Anderson Alumni Scholarship Funds;
  • Participating in YSPH regional recruitment activities
  • Participating in activities geared towards recruiting a diverse student body in consultation with the YSPH Admissions Office
  • Assisting with faculty recruitment by circulating faculty vacancy announcements to the EMAC network
  • Promoting a sense of unity among students, alumni and members of EMAC

The objectives of EMAC will be met through the work of the Executive Committee and separate subcommittees.

Activities and Accomplishments

EMAC is involved in numerous activities at YSPH that impact students of color. The following are a few of the committee’s major activities and accomplishments.

Study on the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Faculty: April 2006 - present

The objective of this study is to identify what resources are in place to recruit and retain underrepresented minority (URM) faculty at Yale School of Public Health. The final report from this study will provide a comparison of the Yale findings to those documented in the “best practices” review and will include possible recommendations about how the Yale policies and procedures may be adjusted or improved to increase the recruitment and retention of URM faculty. The findings will also be shared with faculty and administrative decision-makers from higher educational institutions across the nation at a national symposium organized by EMAC in 2008. This is intended to add to the paucity of literature in the area of best practices and will serve as baseline data for future efforts in this area.

Under the mission of EMAC, this type of activity bridges the gap for URM groups who seek support for research into areas that adversely impact URM communities in this country and around the globe. A more diverse faculty may solicit a more diverse student body enabling the School to maintain its top position nationally in the recruitment of URM students. In addition, by increasing the number of URM faculty, the research, teaching and mentorship environment will be more conducive to an ultimately more diverse student population.
The initiative is partially funded by Yale and the Connecticut Health Foundation.

Creed/Patton/Steele Scholarship Fund: January 2003 – Present

EMAC played an active role in establishing YSPH’s first endowed scholarship for under-represented minority students.

Recognizing the importance of diversity in graduate and professional education, the Creed/Patton/Steele Scholarship was established to serve as a visible and lasting tribute to these three men and their efforts as well as the enduring contributions made by all underrepresented minorities to the field of public health. Scholarship candidates must show an interest or experience in issues related to health disparities, service to vulnerable populations, and/or community health. They must also demonstrate outstanding potential for contribution to public health and to social justice.

Welcome Receptions for New and Returning Students of Color: September 1999 – October 2006

Annual receptions were held to welcome new students and welcome back returning students. The reception provided an opportunity for networking among students and alumni. It was also a forum for providing feedback and sharing thoughts about the YSPH program. EMAC members encouraged all students to use them as a resource for information, contacts and overall support.

Alumni Day Program - Separate and Unequal: Confronting Disparities in Health: June 2, 2006

EMAC planned, organized and hosted the annual AYAPH Alumni meeting. The program served as a forum for Yale faculty and other scholars, policy analysts, practitioners and public health professionals to share their knowledge, express their views and offer strategies to address health disparities.