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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.

Cultural Heritage Student Internships/Fellowships
  • Bartels Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships: The Yale Center for British Art offers summer and academic-year internships for Yale undergraduates and summer internships for HBCU undergraduates from New Haven County. These opportunities aim to familiarize students with the operations of the museum. Visit the Bartels internship website for more information.
  • Cultural Heritage Research and Practice Post-Baccalaureate Program: Paul Messier, Chair of the Lens Media Lab at IPCH, and Dean Michelle Nearon of the Office of Graduate Student Development and Diversity, co-direct this two-year program for recent college graduates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds who are highly motivated to pursue research careers. Participants conduct independent research, are supervised by a faculty mentor, and engage in experiential learning opportunities. Visit the program’s website for more information.
  • HBCU Library Alliance: Since its pilot summer in 2018, the Preservation Internship Program has developed as a joint initiative of the HBCU Library Alliance and Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC), building a mutually beneficial partnership between the Alliance and predominantly/historically white institutions with nationally-recognized library conservation/preservation labs. The internship program seeks to advance diversity in librarianship and develop college graduates with a broad appreciation for cultural heritage, libraries, and preservation. The program has supported paid summer internships for over 40 undergraduate interns from 21 HBCUs across 10 host sites over the past five years. For more information, visit the HBCU Library Alliance or contact Laura O’Brien-Miller.
  • IPCH Postgraduate Associateships for Broadening Access in Cultural Heritage Research: These year-long, paid positions are intended for recent college graduates who have a strong interest in pursuing graduate study in a discipline related to cultural heritage (e.g., history of art, museum studies, art conservation, conservation science, information and library science, etc.). The postgraduate associates will be based in one of the following Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) research groups: the Applied Research and Outreach (ARO), the Lens Media Lab (LML), or the Technical Studies Lab (TSL). Descriptions of each group can be found below. Applicants should specify in their cover letter which group they would like to work with and how this experience will support their educational and professional goals. Though pursuing research within a specific group, the appointees will be fully integrated into the broader activities of the Institute, including outreach, programming, communications and social media, fundraising, and teaching. Contact Kappy Mintie for more information.
  • New Haven Promise Internships: The New Haven Promise Internship is offered throughout the New Haven community and helps local employers build a high-quality, diversified workforce. Each summer, Yale University Library hosts ten interns. For more information, visit the website or contact Andrew Gray.
  • Yale/New Haven Museum Postgraduate Associate in Museum Education: The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), the New Haven Museum (NHM), and the Yale Peabody Museum (YPM) host a two-year Postgraduate Associate position in the field of museum education. The Postgraduate Associate will rotate through these three museums during their two-year appointment. This position is intended for individuals interested in exploring a career in this field. Museum educators come from many different professional backgrounds, and they typically need both knowledge of their museum’s subject area and familiarity with pedagogy. The position is designed to offer opportunities for growth in both content knowledge and object-based teaching strategies for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Visit the program website for more information.
  • Yale Center for British Art Postdoctoral Fellowship: The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (the Center) and the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) jointly offer, on a biennial basis, up to two postdoctoral fellowships for two consecutive years each. Fellows will work with curators, conservators, and educators at the National Gallery of Art and the YCBA to learn about the curation, conservation, presentation, and interpretation of the museums’ historical, pre-20th-century collections. During the first year, each fellow will reside in Washington, DC, or New Haven, and will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a curatorial project at one of the two museums. During the second year, each fellow will switch locations and will devote the second year of their fellowship to research in support of a curatorial project at the other host museum. For more information, visit the fellowship website or contact Rachel Chatalbash.
  • Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS) Summer Undergraduate Research in the Environmental Sciences (SURES): YIBS offers funded opportunities for Summer Undergraduate Research in the Environmental Sciences. Students will spend 8 weeks during the summer of 2023 conducting research, analyzing data, and writing up their results with the mentorship of a YIBS-affiliated faculty member at Yale University. Projects may be developed into a senior thesis or scientific publication, depending on student interest. Research activities will be supplemented with a light curriculum oriented towards building research capacity, including responsible conduct of research, statistics in R, scientific writing, and applying to graduate school/funding. In addition to their own project, on-campus participants will learn about the broad range of YIBS research through lab tours and discussion groups, along with behind-the-scenes tours of the Yale Peabody Museum collections. Occasional evening and weekend outings will introduce students to the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Greater New Haven region. Visit the program website for more information.
  • Yale Peabody Museum EVOLUTIONS Lab Internships: EVOLUTIONS (EVO) is a multi-year program for New Haven high school students from New Haven & West Haven public high schools. Participants begin classes in 9th or 10th grade and take classes weekly through all four years of high school. Rising juniors and seniors are eligible for summer lab internships, primarily in Peabody Collections, but also in related research labs across campus. These 100-hour internships offer exposure to and comfort in academic spaces. Interns present posters of their work and often translate research into activities in the museum. Contact Andrea Motto for more information.
  • Yale Peabody Museum Teaching Resilience in Environmental Science Program: Using a critical pedagogy and Community Cultural Wealth framework, the PIs will construct a learning ecosystem that supports New Haven college students (and EVO alums) interested in exploring environmental fields. The project includes summer internships at the Peabody and partner organizations and an online support network to help BIPOC students navigate science spaces at predominantly white institutions. Contact Andrea Motto for more information.
  • Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) Diversity Apprenticeship Program: The Diversity Apprenticeship Program (DAP) is based on a model created by The Broad, a contemporary art museum in Los Angeles. Launched in 2018 and made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Broad’s DAP created a roadmap for museums across the country to build similar programs to diversify the art handling profession. YUAG’s pilot program will provide six-month paid training opportunities for two apprentices from groups that have been historically underrepresented on museum staff. This initiative offers its apprentices art handling experience, serves as a pathway to potential employment in the museum field and/or at the University, and serves as a proof-of-concept of this on-the-job training. A New Haven-centric program, the DAP is co-funded by Yale’s New Haven Hiring Initiative as part of its On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program. Contact for more information.
  • Yale University Art Gallery Robert E. and Jean E. Steele Education/Curatorial Internship: This internship (up to 10 hours/week) is open to both graduate and undergraduate applicants. It was established to support initiatives for U.S. underrepresented minority Yale students to explore their interest in the museum field through involvement with the Yale University Art Gallery. Contact Liliana Milkova for more information.
  • Yale University Press (YUP) Summer Internship: YUP offers competitive paid internship opportunities in several of its departments (Acquisitions Editorial, Art Workshop, Marketing, Sales, Manuscript Editorial, and New Business and Product Development). By participating in the internship program, students are exposed to the inner workings of a major university press and successful business. For more information, visit YUP’s website or contact Danielle Di Bianco.
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).

The Accessibility Working Group at YCBA supports our museum’s goal of welcoming visitors of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences. By creating training opportunities and developing cooperative workflows, the AWG connects colleagues across departments to implement the YCBA’s commitment to creating equitable and inclusive access to our building, collections, and programs (both online and in-person). Contact Chair Matthew Capezzuto for more information.

The Yale Center for British Art DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion) Committee fosters belonging and empowerment. We promote diversity in our programs, equity in our decision-making, and accessibility for our staff and audiences, ensuring an inclusive culture. The YCBA DEAI Committee will continue to promote collaboration with departments and staff, facilitate communication, and share resources. Through partnerships, we strive to bridge the YCBA’s ongoing initiatives with Belonging at Yale and strengthen our commitment to serving and engaging the New Haven Community. Contact YCBA Deputy Director Beth Miller for more information.

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 Art Gallery
Through its collections and outreach, the Yale University Art Gallery fosters the study and understanding of human artistic achievement and harnesses the power of art to inspire and create a more inclusive world. We embrace a broad spectrum of perspectives and experiences to present and interpret the breadth of our global collections and to make them accessible to our students and visitors. The Art Gallery commits to ensuring that Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging (DEIA/B) are reflected in our outreach, acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, and hiring and business practices. These commitments are articulated more fully in the Gallery’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement and outlined in our strategic plan, New Voices, New Perspectives.
As we continue to assess our history and current practices, the Gallery’s DEIA/B Action Planning Working Group partners with the Collections and Scholarly Communications DEIA Steering Committee and other relevant campus committees to advance a culture of inclusivity and access across our division and at the University.
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

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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.

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