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Learn about Yale Library's participation in cross-collection collaborations to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) and the University’s Belonging at Yale DEIA initiatives.

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DEIA across Yale Collections
Yale is committed to making its vast collections more accessible to local and global audiences and to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access across the libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage units. A few important collaborations and initiatives are spotlighted below.
Collections and Scholarly Communication DEIA Steering Committee

The Collections and Scholarly Communications DEIA Steering Committee was established as part of the Belonging at Yale initiative. It is led by Risë Nelson, Yale Library’s director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access. The committee comprises representatives from the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale Peabody Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Yale University Press. The group has created and is now carrying out a five-year action plan to implement division-wide goals related to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging at Yale. For more information, contact

Collections and Scholarly Communications DEIA/B Speaker Series

This monthly virtual discussion series spotlights efforts related to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging (DEIA/B) that are happening across our division and at the University and offers staff the opportunity to learn from one another, to raise awareness of collection DEIA/B-related work, and to build a sense of community across the division. Registration is required. Please contact for more information.

Cultural Heritage Bias Awareness and Responsibility Committee

This group is charged with considering issues of implicit and explicit bias within the knowledge systems that manage Yale’s heritage collections data, including the LUX cross-collection discovery system, and with developing recommendations for addressing these concerns. The group provides a venue for conversation, research, and consensus-building on these issues across the cultural heritage units. Read more about the committee’s work on bias.

Yale Center for British Art

The Exploring Artism: A Program for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum is a free program for families with children who are five to twelve years of age and on the autism spectrum. Participants look at artwork in the galleries and create a follow-up project in a museum classroom. While the needs of individuals with autism are prioritized, it is also fun for parents, siblings, and other relatives too! Preregistration is required. This program is conducted by the Education Department of the Yale Center for British Art in consultation with the Yale Child Study Center and is recommended by the Autism Parents Community (APC).

Yale Peabody Museum DEIA Initiative

In the context of a massive renovation transforming its physical spaces, the Peabody Museum has developed a statement of strategic priorities for diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. With these priorities, the museum is confronting its history and seeking to better serve its communities, amplify marginalized voices and perspectives, and create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. 

Yale University Press Series
  • Black Lives: Pairing highly qualified writers with subjects whose lives illuminate the breadth, diversity, and richness of Black experiences, the Black Lives series produces brief, authoritative biographies of individuals of African descent who profoundly shaped history.
  • Jewish Lives: Jewish Lives is a prizewinning series of interpretative biography designed to explore the many facets of Jewish identity. Individual volumes illuminate the imprint of Jewish figures upon literature, religion, philosophy, politics, cultural and economic life, and the arts and sciences.
Yale DEIA Resources
Accessibility Resources at Yale

Yale University is committed to providing equal access to and full participation in its programs and activities to people with disabilities. The Accessibility Resources at Yale website serves as a central landing page to access related websites at Yale.

Visit the Usability & Web Accessibility website to learn more about resources that help make Yale’s web projects successful, usable, and accessible.

Accommodations Guidelines

Click on the websites below to learn more about the resources available to support faculty, staff, and students requesting accommodations.

Belonging at Yale

Visit the Belonging at Yale website to learn more about the diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging progress across the university.

Yale Affinity Centers, Groups, and More

Office of Institutional Equity and Accessibility

The Office of Institutional Equity and Accessibility (OIEA) is responsible for ensuring Yale’s commitment to equitable and inclusive working and learning environments. This includes administering Yale’s Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment.

Yale Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) works with all Yale students with disabilities, including those in Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and all Professional Schools to determine and provide appropriate accommodations and auxiliary aids and services through an interactive process.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) collaborates with departments and individuals across the Yale campus to promote a respectful, accessible and inclusive community for all Yale employees.

Health and Wellness Resources

Yale seeks to promote health and well-being through fitness and wellness programs and medical centers; mental health through counseling services and support groups; and spiritual health through our Chaplain’s Office, which welcomes people of every faith. Learn more about available Health and Wellness Resources.

Library Job Opportunities

To learn more about open positions at the library, visit our Working at Yale Library website.

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