Alum’s bequest funds YDS environmental initiatives

By Timothy Cahill
Yale Divinity School
November 16, 2022

The Minus bequest established two funds at YDS, totaling more than $750,000. The “Paul Minus Environmental Justice Initiative Resource Fund” will support environmental initiatives, including courses, lectures, workshops, conferences, faculty development, and public events. A companion Scholarship Endowment Fund will provide financial aid to YDS students, with a preference for those pursuing environmental studies through the M.A.R. concentration in Religion and Ecology or the joint-degree program with the School of the Environment.

The funds move the school closer to Dean Greg Sterling’s vision of inspiring and equipping YDS students to become “Apostles of the Environment.” Initiatives to make the Divinity Quad a model of environmental action include expanded academic programming, the hiring of new faculty, and the groundbreaking this spring for the Living Village, the first major living-building student residential hall in the college and university sector.

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