Presidential Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion announced

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President Peter Salovey announced the membership of the Presidential Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion on Feb. 3 in a campus-wide email.

The creation of the task force, which will consider projects and policies related to diversity and inclusion, was among the initiatives the President announced in his Nov. 17 message to the Yale community.

“I am immensely grateful for the outpouring of ideas and perspectives shared with me these past several months by members of the extended Yale family, on campus and beyond,” wrote Salovey. “The task force will consider all of these and any future proposals that are submitted, and will advise me and other university leaders on those that hold the most promise to advance the goal of full inclusion on our campus.”

Salovey will chair the task force. Martha Highsmith, senior adviser to the president, will serve as vice chair.

The task force members are: 

  • Ruth Blake, professor of geology and geophysics, of chemical engineering and of forestry and environmental studies
  • Daniel Colon-Ramos, associate professor of cell biology, Yale School of Medicine

  • Gary Desir, professor of medicine, Yale School of Medicine

  • Emily Greenwood, professor of classics and African American studies

  • Kimberly Goff-Crews, secretary of the university and vice president for student life

  • Burgwell Howard, associate vice president for student life

  • Gerald Jaynes, professor of economics and African American studies

  • Sameer Jaywant ’18 Law, representative of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate

  • Sharon Kugler, university chaplain

  • Nicholas Roman Lewis, senior director for shared interest groups, Association of Yale Alumni

  • Mary Lui, professor of American studies and history and master of Timothy Dwight College

  • Michelle Nearon, associate dean and director, Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity

  • Victoria Nolan, deputy dean and adjunct professor, Yale School of Drama

  • Gregory Sterling, dean, Yale Divinity School

  • Debbie Stanley-McAulay, chief diversity officer

  • Brandi Waters a graduate student in history and representative of the Graduate Student Assembly

  • Bill Wright ’82, alumni representative

  • Abdul-Razak Zachariah ’17, representative of the Yale College Council

To send your thoughts to the group’s attention, use the form on the Inclusive Yale website at

“The task force members — and I — look forward to hearing from you,” said Salovey.

To read more about the university’s work toward a more inclusive Yale, visit:

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