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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and racial justice are essential to The Broad Center at Yale SOM’s mission of empowering school system leaders to achieve the dual goals of excellence and equity. 

Management and leadership challenges in public education are indelibly shaped by the socioeconomic background as well as the racial, ethnic and geographic make-up of each community’s students and those who support them: their families, teachers, and school staff.

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Diverse group of students smiling and facing camera
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Broad Fellow, laughing

Broad Center Participants

The Broad Center at Yale SOM strives to recruit and develop cohorts of leaders who are committed to providing equitable and excellent outcomes for all students.  Bringing together committed education professionals with their own unique experiences in a shared space allows for peer learning not only in terms of practices and theories, but also of lived experiences. 

There is an interactor or aggregator function that schools play by bringing different kinds and types of ideas together...For that function to work well, the institution must be richly diverse. Period. It is an obligation of great universities to find every way, every imaginable way to diversify higher education across all forms of difference – cultures, political beliefs, lived experiences, and so on.

Yale SOM Dean Kerwin K. Charles
Dean Kerwin K. Charles

Broad Center Programs

It is imperative that the teachers, individual school leaders, and large urban K-12 public school system leaders  understand the students, families and communities they serve.  The study of public education in America must incorporate deep investigation of the lasting and ongoing impact of racial discrimination and exclusion and this must involve people from all backgrounds. All of our programs will have this awareness woven throughout.

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The student at a university is brought into meaningful, close engagement with her colleague across the aisle who is fundamentally different – from a fundamentally different background, with very different life circumstances – all taking the same chemistry or art or management class... This cross-pollination is profoundly important because it affects the view that both students might have had about each other.

Yale SOM Dean Kerwin K. Charles

Diversity in New Haven

The Broad Center at Yale School of Management will now call the city of New Haven home. Programs will connect program Fellows and Master’s students not only to the resources of Yale University but also to partners in the wider community. TBC at Yale SOM provides a new opportunity to honor and learn alongside K-12 students, educators, and leaders in New Haven. As the Center lays out plans for the years ahead, collaboration with local stakeholders will be critical. It is equally important to strengthen existing connections between Yale and the people and organizations of New Haven that are dedicated to the continuous improvement of educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds, as well as to stand together in the face of challenges that arise.

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