Statement from Yale Department of Religious Studies

Publication Date: 
November 6, 2020

In the wake of the events of summer 2020 and in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, the faculty together with representatives of the graduate student community of the Department of Religious Studies commit ourselves to confronting and contesting racism, anti-Blackness, and the legacies of colonialism. Our goal is to interrogate how the study of religion, in its historical constitution and current practices, contributes to systems of inequity in structures of evaluation, curation of ideas, and mechanisms for the development of intellectual leaders. We strive to create a collaborative environment that supports and empowers all our members and that fosters debate on the ethical implications of intellectual engagement. And we seek to admit a diverse cohort of graduate students excited to join us in this collective labor.

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