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School Notes: Yale Divinity School
July/August 2020

Gregory E. Sterling | http://divinity.yale.edu

Divinity School launches digital summer internships program

With COVID-19 disrupting the summer internships that play such a key part in students’ educations, Yale Divinity School has devised an innovative solution: a new Summer Digital Faith Internships program in which students do their internships remotely. As with traditional internships, students in the digital program are receiving academic credit and being held to the same rigorous requirements as regular internships. Participating students are taking summer positions with churches and nonprofit agencies. Respecting the need for physical distancing, all the internships are taking place remotely from students’ homes, entirely online.

Protecting the homeless during the pandemic

The Divinity School’s director of professional formation, Alison Cunningham ’84MDiv, has been devoting half her time to working with New Haven mayor Justin Elicker to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on a uniquely vulnerable segment of the population: the city’s homeless community. With the support of YDS dean Greg Sterling, Cunningham has been dividing her work week evenly between the Divinity School and her emergency employment under Elicker. For 20 years, Cunningham was chief executive officer of Columbus House, a New Haven–based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services to Connecticut’s homeless. 

YDS couple endow scholarship honoring Pauli Murray

Jennifer Boger ’71MAR and John “Jack” Boger ’71MDiv have made a gift commitment to create the Pauli Murray Endowed Divinity Scholarship. The scholarship is named in honor of the late Pauline “Pauli” Murray ’65JSD, a brilliant civil rights activist and feminist pioneer, author, lawyer, professor, and eventually the first African American woman Episcopal priest. Murray received an honorary degree from Yale Divinity School in 1979, and her name adorns one of Yale’s residential colleges.

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