Yale Mathematics Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The Yale math department strives to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all members of its community to learn and work together. We acknowledge, welcome, and celebrate our differences, including those related to race, gender, gender identity, nationality, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, disability status, and socioeconomic status.

Motivated by the understanding that research and education benefit from the involvement of all people, we are committed to broadening participation in our department and in our profession. We are actively engaged in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff from varied backgrounds to achieve this goal.

Yale has not been immune to the historical inequities which have been present at all levels in the mathematical community. We highlight below some of the concrete actions the department is taking to help redress these inequities.

  • Since summer 2020 the department has convened a standing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee that meets regularly to discuss, plan, and enact change intended to make our community more welcoming, equitable, and inclusive.
  • There has been significant curriculum redesign in the introductory math major sequence one of whose goals is to improve access to the math major for students from diverse mathematical backgrounds and high school preparation.
  • The department supports many student groups (Student Advisory Council, Graduate Student Advisory Council, Dimensions, YUMS, etc) whose missions are myriad, but share the goal of creating a more inclusive community within the department.
  • The DEI committee has designed a yearly survey to solicit feedback from all members of the department around the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. 
  • Summer Undergraduate Math Research at Yale (SUMRY) has transformed itself into a national program with the primary goal of engaging a diverse group of students. 
  • The department has programming (including both invited speakers and a Math for Humans reading group) designed to engage its members on the ideas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The department is committed to continuing its efforts to foster a more inclusive and supportive mathematics community. If you have suggestions in this direction we welcome them via this comment box where anyone can leave an anonymous comment/question/suggestion which will be read and addressed by the DEI committee. If you face harassment or discrimination, please reach out for support and resources.  Individuals with concerns can contact deans’ designees or the Office of Institutional Equity and Access (OIEA)