Names matter. The new residential colleges, slated to open in 2017, present an opportunity for Yale not just to expand its student body but also to announce its values and institutional priorities. Whose names will be forever spoken on this campus?
The naming of the colleges has received widespread attention, particularly as some have called for increased diversity among the individuals whose legacy we choose to honor. None of the existing 12 colleges are named after a woman or person of color.
Last week, University President Peter Salovey asked the Yale community to submit suggestions for names. To further this discussion, six students and professors have offered their suggestions on this page.