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Danica C. Tisdale Named New Assistant Dean of Diversity

December 8, 2020

Dean Lynn Cooley is pleased to announce the appointment of Danica C. Tisdale Fisher to the post of new assistant dean of diversity of the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) reporting to Michelle Nearon, Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity (OGSDD). Dr. Fisher will join the GSAS staff on January 4, 2021.

Dr. Fisher comes to Yale from the University of California, Davis where she serves as Director of Summer Sessions, a program offering more than 700 courses to over 14,000 students each year. She is an accomplished higher education administrator with more than a decade of progressive experience in the development and oversight of academic programs, policies, and initiatives. Her career has emphasized designing programs and services to meet the needs of diverse student cohorts, and support campus-wide equity and inclusion.  Dr. Fisher earned degrees in English from Spelman College (B.A.) and Temple University (M.A.) as well as a Ph.D. in in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University.

We are delighted that Danica will be joining the Yale Graduate School. As the new assistant dean of diversity, we are confident that she will significantly contribute to our ongoing efforts to build and maintain an inclusive graduate school community where students from diverse backgrounds and experiences are supported to achieve their professional and intellectual goals,” said Dr. Nearon.

In recent years, Yale GSAS has intensified its determination to recruit under-represented (UR) students and establish a community in which they can expect to thrive. OGSDD is at the core of this effort offering fellowship, mentoring, career support and other services to students of diverse backgrounds. Since 2016, applications of UR students have increased 61% with offers up 30%, and acceptance increased by 45%.

I’m a ‘people-person’ and really value community building in the work that I do. I look forward to establishing strong relationships with colleagues and campus partners that will encourage collaboration and foster excellence,” said Dr. Fisher.

For more information about Yale Graduate School’s commitment to diversity please read this update from Dean Cooley dated October, 2020.