The Graduate School recognizes that the decision to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree is a significant and personal choice influenced by many factors. The purpose of OGSDD's recruiting efforts is not simply to encourage potential applicants to attend graduate school, but to ensure that as many underrepresented students as possible view graduate education as a viable next step. The office is committed to providing underrepresented students who wish to attend Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with the information and mentoring to advance a competitive application for admission and to succeed in their chosen program of study.
OGSDD strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented populations to contact OGSDD director, Dean Michelle Nearon, via email or phone (203-436-1301) year-round to schedule an appointment and discuss any general questions/concerns regarding graduate study or particular aspects of the application process. Applicants who wish to visit Yale can arrange to visit Dean Nearon, faculty, and current graduate students.
ODGSDD engages in substantial outreach efforts to identify and encounter talented students from underrepresented populations. The office cultivates sustained relationships with colleges and universities that are committed to preparing underrepresented students to assume the challenges of graduate education. To this end, representatives from OGSDD regularly visit individual institutions across the United States, such as Atlanta University Complex (AUC) campuses, comprised of Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark-Atlanta University, and Morse-Brown College, on partnership initiatives that would allow students at these campuses to be exposed to the educational opportunities at Yale. Also, OGSDD maintains a consistent presence at fairs and conferences that convene a significant audience of diverse students, including the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, Ronald McNair Research Scholars Conference, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and CUNY Pipeline Program Recruitment Fair. OGSDD's outreach also extends to Puerto Rico. Please contact OGSDD to request a visit to your undergraduate institution or suggest an event that the office should attend.
The Graduate School participates in a number of nationally recognized networks for connecting underrepresented students to graduate programs and helping them identify career paths in research within the academic, public and private sectors. Yale is an original member of the Leadership Alliance, an academic consortium of 33 of the leading research and teaching colleges and universities in the country that are dedicated to improving the participation of traditionally underrepresented students, and is an annual participant in its summer research program for prospective graduate students. OGSDD sends a representative each year to a recruiting fair sponsored by the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers, an organization that recruits outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity and counsels them through the graduate school application process. OGSDD also receives information regarding prospective students from the National Name Exchange, a network that was established to help match graduate schools with traditionally underrepresented students interested in graduate education, and Graduate Horizons, an annual four-day graduate school admissions workshop for Native American, First Nation, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian undergraduate and master’s students.