Pauli Murray College honors Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray, a remarkable civil rights and women’s rights advocate who pioneered a vision for a society that valued diversity and rallied around our common human virtues. Murray became the first African-American to receive a J.S.D. degree from Yale Law School.
Pauli Murray is one of Yale’s newest residential colleges — along with its brother college, Benjamin Franklin — both completed in 2017. Residents — called “PauliMurs” — are proud of their official lemur mascot (a play on words of the college’s namesake).
While the colleges are designed to look as if you stepped back in time, modern amenities abound with music rooms, a barre/yoga studio, pottery studio, and a black box theatre. The dining hall’s grand ceiling, chandeliers and large communal tables greet you upon entering the dining room, while pocketed alcoves provide a quieter atmosphere for a study break.