Statement of Community Values

Statement of Community Values

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) at OISS

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is committed to providing a welcoming environment for everyone, where people from all backgrounds feel included and supported. A space in which we foster cultural exchange, challenge biases, and celebrate pluralism and where Yale’s community is complemented by people and cultures from around the world.

We firmly believe that there is power in diversity, and that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect - regardless of their national origin, ethnicity, race, religious belief, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, class, age, or other characteristics.

For each of us to thrive at Yale, we all have the right to expect:

OISS leads by example through building community. We offer learning opportunities about the multifaceted identities that come together at Yale, and connect international students with community members of many backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. This includes campus programs and centers such as the LGBTQ+ office, Cultural Houses, Student Accessibility Services, 1st Gen Yale, and the Yale Postdoctoral Association.

Goals & Outcomes

OISS has set concrete goals that are in accordance with Yale-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives. Our focus is on the goals listed below. 


We encourage you to explore these topics further, and want to highlight a few of the many on-campus resources at Yale: