Deborah Stanley-McAulay is the Associate Vice President of Employee Engagement & Workplace Culture. In her role, she oversees the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, WorkLife and Child Care Programs, and New Haven Hiring Initiative. Deborah has oversight of the University’s progress in staff diversity; as well as to ensure and facilitate an integrated vision and shared responsibility for diversity. Under Deborah’s leadership, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) works collaboratively to accomplish the institutions diversity goals. Deborah works with internal university departments and external organizations and agencies and serves as the University’s chief liaison with the University’s eight Affinity/Employee Resource Groups; Yale African American Affinity Group (YAAA), Yale Latino Networking Group (YLNG), Asian Network at Yale (ANY), Yale University Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Affinity Group (LGBTQ), Yale University Working Women Network (WWN) Yale Veterans Network (YVN), Future Leaders of Yale (FLY) and DiversAbility at Yale (DAY) . The diversity progress to date has contributed to strengthening the climate and culture of Yale University and to making the University an Employer of Choice.
Under her leadership, Yale University has earned the distinction of several diversity awards; 2012 & 2013 Diversity MBA Fifty Out Front, 2012 - 2017 Working Mother, and 2013- 2017 Work-Life Seal of Distinction. Deborah has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including 2012 Distinguished Service Award, Chi Omicron Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, 2013 NAACP 100 Most Influential Black Leaders, 2015 Human Services Award, United House of Prayer, 2015 Tri-State Diversity Council Most Powerful & Influential Women, and 2018 Tri-State Diversity & Leadership Conference, The Leadership Excellence Award and 2021 NAACP 100 Most Influential Black Leader in State of Connecticut.
Additionally, Deborah co-published her first article, in 2017, entitled, How to Unplug the Leaky Bucket: “Retention Strategies for Maintaining a Diverse Workforce”, printed in the May/June 2018 issue of EDUCAUSE Review.
Since 1995, Deborah has held many positions at Yale, Manager of Training & Process Improvement, Faculty Practice Plan, Office of Professional Services, Yale School of Medicine. Sr. Training Consultant, Assistant Director, and Director, Organizational Development Consultant, Organizational Development & Learning Center, before being appointed the position of Chief Diversity Officer in 2008.
Prior to joining Yale University, Deborah served in a learning and development role at several institutions; Hospital of Saint Raphael, New Haven, CT, Stop and Shop, Companies, North Haven, CT, New Haven Adult & Continuing Education Center, New Haven Board of Education, and South Central Community College.
Deborah is an active member of several organizations: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, New Haven Alumnae Chapter, Marrakech, Inc. (Secretary) and State Educational Resource Center (Treasurer).
Deborah received her bachelor’s degree in business management from Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA and a master’s degree in Education, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT.
Deborah is a native of New Haven, where she resides with her family.