The Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) is an academic and research center that houses the undergraduate Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program and the academic journal, Social Text. RITM supports research and teaching on race, indigenous studies, and migration by

  • advancing interdisciplinary research and teaching on these topics at Yale;
  • connecting faculty members, students, existing research efforts, administrative units, and relevant courses of study in new and innovative ways; and
  • promoting collaborations between members of the Yale Community and beyond, through partnerships with local, national, and international institutions, organizations, and individuals.


Established in February 2016 by Yale President Peter Salovey and Provost Benjamin Polak, the Center was conceived as an interdisciplinary center that would “advance intellectual work related to ethnic studies fields; intersectional race, gender, and sexuality research; and Native and diasporic communities, both in the United States and in other countries.”

An implementation committee comprised of Yale faculty and administrators from across the University met throughout the spring 2016 semester to develop the Center’s initial programming for the 2016-2017 academic year.

RITM Implementation Committee membership Spring 2016
New center to explore issues of race, indigeneity, and transnational migration YaleNews, February 2016
Toward a better Yale”, a statement by President Salovey November 2015