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Identity, Culture, Faith

Identity, culture, faith, and politics inspire a constellation of vibrant communities that make up Yale’s complex and diverse student body.

Some say Yale is a place of reinvention. Others say the undergraduate experience here is about becoming more of who you already are. Many students find the most personal routes on this journey through Yale’s cultural houses, faith communities, the Women’s Center, political groups, and sexual identity organizations. Check out "Diversity*" for more.

Yale’s four Cultural Houses (Afro-­American Cultural Center, Asian­ American Cultural Center, the Latino Cultural Center, the Native­ American Cultural Center) nourish a sense of cultural identity and educate people in the larger community. They are also home base for dozens of affiliated organizations from fraternities and sororities to dance companies, publications, and social action and political groups.

Religious life at Yale is rich and varied with students coming from well over 30 diverse religious and spiritual traditions. You will find multiple services a day, centers for specific faiths, affiliated social and service clubs, publications, dozens of organizations within faiths, faith-conscious kitchens, as well as films, dances, politics, parties, art shows, and concerts sponsored by various faith groups. Learn more

The Office of LGBTQ Resources offers outreach and education on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity for the whole University community. In addition, the LGBT Co-op hosts a number of member groups loosely divided into three branches: social, political/activist, and support/discussion. The groups also work together on large events and projects. Learn more

The Women’s Center, while open to men, primarily is a space for the women of Yale. Its mission is to improve the lives of all women, especially at Yale and in New Haven. Learn more

Every political viewpoint can be found (and debated) at Yale. Many students join groups that focus on a single set of issues. Others join partisan groups, serve in Yale’s student government, or become involved in local New Haven politics. Learn more

See a complete listing of Yale’s Extracurricular Groups

460

Registered student organizations, groups and clubs (at last count)

83+

Organizations and publications affiliated with Yale’s Cultural Centers

10

Organizations that comprise the LGBT Student Co-Op

30+

Number of religions and spiritual traditions at Yale

1969

Founding year of Yale’s first Cultural Center

 

Women's Table

The Women's Table was designed by Yale alumna Maya Lin, who also designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. It records the number of women enrolled at Yale over its history; female undergraduates were not admitted until 1969.

Photograph by Yale Women's Center