Yale School of Management

Anti-racism at Yale SOM

Addressing the deepest challenges

Updates, February 2021

Efforts to implement our anti-racism objectives have continued throughout the academic year. Some of the highlights, as of February 2021, include:

  • The Council on Anti-racism and Equity has started work on the priorities of inclusive community, academics and classroom culture, and representation.
  • The school secured funding of $50,000 per year over five years to diversify the art portrayed in Edward P. Evans Hall.
  • Four of the eight cases slated to debut in the spring MBA core curriculum feature women or Black protagonists, part of a broad reassessment of cases used at the school being conducted by faculty and the Case Research and Development team.
  • Dean Kerwin Charles’s new lecture series on race and socioeconomic inequality is being scheduled for the Spring-2 term.

Progress requires contributions from people throughout the school and the integration of diversity and equity principles across our programs and activities. While we haven’t been able to capture every step taken at the school, we have provided updates to the priorities enumerated on the following pages:

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In the fall of 2020, Yale SOM Dean Kerwin Charles announced a series of concrete steps and overarching goals that will guide the school in responding to racism in society and in its own corridors.

We at SOM are called upon to address systemic racism, both because we are part of the larger national current and because our distinctive mission urges us to engage with pressing societal issues. There is no more pressing issue than confronting systemic racism—specifically against the Black community.

Yale SOM Dean Kerwin K. Charles
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Our mission to educate leaders for business and society ...

Our mission to educate leaders for business and society requires that we address the big problems in the world around us, rather than pursue individual success without regard for injustice and other factors that diminish the flourishing of segments of our community. Issues of discrimination, bias, and inequity are particularly germane to our mission, since they lead to deep human suffering, exclusion from opportunity, and systemic injustice. These problems can only be addressed if leaders at all levels bring passion, acumen, and rigor to the effort to change major institutions. Indeed, there is significant evidence that diverse companies do better across a variety of contexts; for example, companies with diverse executive teams are likely to outperform while diverse VC firms generate better returns. Efforts to enhance diversity truly benefit business and society.

Actions

We will focus our efforts in the 2020-21 academic year in the following areas:

  • Inclusive Community: How can our community actively encourage anti-racist norms and behaviors while supporting those who suffer harms?
  • Academics and Classroom Culture: How can the subject matter and delivery of what we teach do more to train leaders who will address systemic racism?
  • Representation: How can we do more to welcome students, faculty, and staff from backgrounds that have suffered from discrimination?

Our actions will not be limited to these areas or to the particular steps outlined in these pages. Anti-racism is a predominating concern for the school’s leadership, as well as its faculty, students, staff, and alumni. It will be woven into innumerable discussions, initiatives, and activities at the school in coming years.

Contact and Feedback

Continued progress on building an inclusive community will require engagement and participation from the whole community. We welcome feedback and suggestions on any aspect of these plans. Please send ideas, comments, and responses to som_community.inclusion@yale.edu.

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