Yale Names New Residential Community in Honor of Pauli Murray

Yale has named a new residential community in honor of scholar, lawyer, and civil rights activist Pauli Murray. Murray received a doctor of jurisprudence degree (1965) and an honorary doctor of divinity degree (1979) from Yale.

Over 275 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 9, 2017, including President Emeritus Richard C. Levin ’74 Ph.D., current and former members of the Yale Board of Trustees, university leaders, donors to the project, and members of Murray’s family. The inauguration ceremony also celebrated the opening of Benjamin Franklin College.

Yale’s residential colleges are referred to as “communities nested within the larger university.” They allow students to experience a deep sense of belonging by forming a close-knit family with the community’s head, dean, fellow and colleagues. All members of the community come from diverse backgrounds and points of view which enables students to encounter concepts and people with which they were previously unfamiliar.

Pauli Murray College features many amenities for members of Yale and the Yale community including:

  • A Dining Room
  • Library
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Blackbox Theater
  • An Art Room
  • Dance Rooms

Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin colleges will house 293 first-year students and 468 sophomores, juniors and seniors.

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Karen Ross