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The following publications were initiated and produced by YLS community members to reflect upon and evaluate matters of diversity and inclusion within our community.
Report of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
2021 DEI Report
A Message from Dean Heather K. Gerken on the 2021 DEI Report, May 2021
Read the Committee’s 2021 Report
2016 DEI Report
A Message from Dean Robert C. Post, March 23, 2016
Read the Committee’s 2016 report
Read the appendix to the 2016 report
Student-driven Reports and Publications
The following reports and publications were organized by students and intended for the internal Yale Law School community. As a result, many of the reports require a NetID to access. (Login at law.yale.edu/cas.) If you do not have a NetID but would like more information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.
Class Action Report: A report on socioeconomic class as experienced by students at the Law School
Falling Through the Cracks (the YLS Mental Health Alliance): A report on mental health at the Law School based on a survey distributed to students
Survey on Religious Affiliation at YLS: Survey highlighting the religious affiliations of students at Yale Law School
Trans at Yale: A guide for Trans students and allies at YLS covering topics such as navigating administrative offices, relationships with faculties, gender neutral restrooms, and university-wide resources
Yale Law Secrets: An Outsider’s Guide to YLS: A report authored by Adrien Weibgen ’14 helping students navigate the law school (password protected)
YLJ Report on Patterns in YLJ Admissions and Student Scholarship: YLJ partnered with Professor Ian Ayres to provide a quantitative analysis of the Journal’s admissions process and submissions of student scholarship.
YLW Speak Up Report: A report on gender dynamics and the importance of diversity at the Law School
YLW Speak Up Now What Report: This report highlights the importance of diversity to the success of Yale Law students, faculty, and the institution itself. It concludes by proposing next steps for the administration in increasing the inclusion and support of diverse students and faculty at the law school.
Yale University Reports
Yale University Report on Diversity and Equal Opportunity
Promoting Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Yale University
Graduate and Professional Student Senate
2016 GPSS Report on Race, Diversity and Inclusion
Report of the Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming
In August 2016, President Peter Salovey announced the appointment of a committee charged with developing clearly delineated principles to guide the university’s decisions on proposals to remove a historical name from a campus building, space, or structure. The Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming was chaired by John Witt ’94, ’99 J.D., ’00 Ph.D., the Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law and Professor of History, and comprising Yale faculty, students, staff, and alumni. The committee’s recommendations are articulated in a report approved by the Yale Corporation and disseminated by President Salovey on December 2, 2016.
“ Diversity is important to the Yale Law School community because we can't fully understand our own points of view without understanding the strongest counterarguments.”
Clark Hildabrand ’16