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Yeshiva University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
500 West 185th Street
Suite 101
New York, New York 10033
(646) 592-4440
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School Information
"Yeshiva University has grown from a small yeshiva offering some secular education to Jews on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1886 to a prestigious, multifaceted institution that integrates the knowledge of Western civilization and the rich treasures of Jewish culture. Yeshiva University today supports three undergraduate schools (including honors programs and Torah studies programs), seven graduate and professional schools, renowned affiliates such as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, a diverse multitude of scholarly centers and institutes, and several libraries, a museum and a university press, located on campuses both in the United States and Israel." (Source: Yeshiva University hosts 11 schools with over 6,400 students. The student to faculty ratio is 7 to 1 and the university offers numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
General Information
In response to perceived 'microaggressions,' Yeshiva University has instituted a focus on Critical Race Theory. This is especially notable in their Cardozo Law School, which has established changes in curriculum such as a required graduation requirement that centers on teaching anti-racism. The Law School has also required mandatory bias training. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • In June 2020, Yeshiva University held a number of online events and organized programming focusing on race in America and within the Jewish community. These included a series of discussions titled "Crisis and Hope: YU Voices" and two panels titled “Lessons from Selma 1965, For American Jews 2020” and “Race and Culture in Contemporary Music."
Program and Research Funding
  • Wurzweiler's School of Social Work has created the Anti-Racism Committee. The ARC hosted a presentation entitled "Power Dynamics and Anti-Racist Organizing: Use of Group Work for Empowerment towards Social Change."
Symbolic Actions
  • In response to the death of George Floyd, Provost Dr. Selma Botman released a statement saying, "The murder of George Floyd is a tragic reminder that the sacred American commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is maddeningly out of reach for our fellow citizens of color. Let us mourn the injustices enabled by racism across our nation while we commit ourselves to the righteous struggle for social justice, grounded in an abiding respect for difference and a humbling recognition that this effort remains as yet unattainable for all Americans."
  • The Vice Provost and the Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Dr. Danielle Wozniak, released a statement in response to George Floyd's death. She said, “As a nation, too many of our brothers and sisters have reached the horrific and inescapable moment where they simply can bear no more. No more harassment, no more fear, no more anxiety, no more degradation, no more suspicion, no more murder. This is the time when every citizen must say, we too have had enough. We too must hold Dr. King’s vision of a unified nation in which the color of one’s skin does not determine the outcome of one’s life. We are all tasked with changing the face of our nation and the fate of our citizens.”
  • In response to the events of March 2020, President Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman released a statement saying, "Today should have been the 27th birthday of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police officers in Louisville on March 13. Yeshiva University stands united as we condemn her murder, alongside those of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and so many other victims of racial violence."
  • Yeshiva's school newspaper, the Observer, published a former Editor-in-Chief's opinion article, which asked the university and the Orthodox community to step up and become anti-racist.
  • In the summer of 2021, Yeshiva University created an “Associate Dean of Equity in Curriculum and Teaching” position within the law school with the goal to "eradicate systemic racism" and "examine the treatment of race in [the school's] pedagogy and curriculum."
  • Yeshiva University faced a legal challenge to its diversity and inclusion policies when it refused to recognize an LGBTQ+ student club. In September 2021, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the New York Supreme Court's decision to require Yeshiva to recognize the student club.
Last updated September 16th, 2023
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