Faculty Interest Groups

Yale’s faculty interest groups are created and administered by faculty to support colleagueship and professional advancement. These groups foster collaboration, innovation, and create communities where faculty can share common experiences. The groups organize social events, offer programs to support academic career progress, and advise university leadership on issues of interest.  Whether advocating for issues of interest to faculty, addressing diversity and inclusion concerns, or promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, these groups can be powerful advocates for positive change at Yale. All faculty from all backgrounds are welcome in all groups.

Asian Faculty at Yale (AFAY)


The Asian Faculty at Yale group was officially launched on September 15, 2023. It supports the success of faculty from Asian backgrounds and their allies through community building, mentoring, collaboration, and more. For more information please reach out to Professor Qin Yan or Professor Yongli Zhang.

Dean’s Advisory Council on LGBTQIA+ Affairs

The School of Medicine Dean’s Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Affairs champions intersectional advocacy, social justice, community building, and health equity of LGBTQI+ people at and served by the Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital while serving as a resource on these topics.

Minority Organization for Retention and Expansion (MORE)

Yale School of Medicine Minority Organization for Retention and Expansion (MORE) seeks to accelerate the appointment and retention of underrepresented minority faculty members and enhance their professional development. MORE provides opportunities for faculty mentoring, research collaborations, and community building.

Queer Faculty Affinity Group

By offering social and mentoring networks, and through advocacy, the Queer Faculty Affinity Group supports recruitment, retention, and advancement of LGBTQ+ faculty and allies at Yale. Fill out this form to  receive emails about the group.

Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM)

The Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM) was founded in 1979 to address issues related to gender equality at the Yale School of Medicine. SWIM works to raise awareness of issues relevant to women who are faculty at the School of Medicine, and to advocate for women faculty with respect to these issues. SWIM meets regularly with the Dean to address issues and work together on ongoing initiatives critical to ensuring gender equity at the School of Medicine.

Women Faculty Forum

The Yale Women Faculty Forum (WFF) was established in 2001 during Yale’s Tercentennial year to highlight the importance of women faculty at the University and foster gender equity through policy initiatives, research, and innovative programs.

New Faculty Interest Groups

Are you interested in organizing a faculty interest group? Please reach out to  Lakia M. Scott, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development & Diversity.

Staff Affinity Groups

Staff affinity groups are organized by Yale’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI). The ODI collaborates with departments and individuals across the Yale campus to promote a respectful, accessible and inclusive commuity for all Yale employees.

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