Yale, one of the world’s great universities, is distinguished by its excellence in teaching and learning and its emphasis on multidisciplinary and collaborative work. The university initiatives build on these strengths, supporting our mission to address pressing global challenges and prepare the next generation to serve and lead in a world of growing complexity.

Peter Salovey

Yale University President, Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology

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A Vision for Yale’s Future

Yale’s mission is to improve the world today and for generations to come through outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation, and practice. Building off the themes President Salovey articulated in his inaugural address, and formalized after conversation and consultation with faculty, staff, students, and alumni, the university initiatives identify four pillars of strategic emphasis to advance that mission.


The vision for Yale’s future is powered by the work of all members of the Yale community and is supported by the contributions of alumni, parents, and friends through the For Humanity Campaign.

University Initiatives

These four pillars build on the university’s iconic strengths and guide investment to areas where its work can have an outsized impact. And each of the initiatives supports the university’s historic obligations to create knowledge that benefits humanity and educate leaders of insight and integrity.

Arts and Humanities

explore and understand the human experience in all its complexity

Explore Arts and Humanities Initiative
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Multidisciplinary Social Science

addresses the great issues of the day with facts and analysis

Explore Multidisciplinary Social Science Initiative
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Science and Engineering

advance research and spark discoveries that can improve lives

Explore Science and Engineering Initiative
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Community Inclusion and Excellence

foster a diverse and exceptional educational community

Explore Community Inclusion and Excellence Initiative