Multicultural Affairs

In 1995, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMCA) was established to develop resources and programs in support of all minority students and faculty at the medical school. It serves as a clearinghouse for information on programs, events and minority student organizations on campus. It also has directories and links to other multicultural organizations. For more information, go to

The Committee on Multicultural Affairs, chaired by the assistant dean for multicultural affairs, investigates allegations of ethnic insensitivity or harassment at the medical school, counsels the offenders and recommends disciplinary action when necessary.

In 1857, Cortlandt Van Rensselaer Creed became the first African American to receive a degree from the Yale School of Medicine. Since then, he has been joined by more than 350 African Americans. Cultural diversity has long been a hallmark and priority of the medical school and we work diligently to make sure everyone feels accepted and supported.


Anyone concerned about affirmative action, equal opportunity, sexual or racial harassment, or fairness in admissions or employment at Yale should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs at

Anyone who believes he or she has been harassed on the basis of race, religion or ethnic origin by a member of the Yale community may file a complaint with one of the university’s human relations counselors. If the student wishes to pursue the complaint further, he or she may request the President’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Harassment to investigate. Go to for more information.