Promoting Intellectual Diversity at Yale University

The Buckley Institute is the only organization dedicated to promoting intellectual diversity and free speech at Yale. Every year, we expose students to perspectives they won’t hear in the classroom, offer exclusive access to political and intellectual leaders, and provide a forum where students can speak freely about issues that matter. Become a student fellow today.

What We Do

Events

Discover our upcoming events and watch recordings of our Firing Line Debate Series, lectures featuring distinguished guests, and more.

Programs

Get involved. Learn more about and apply to become a Buckley Fellow, apply for summer internships, share your thoughts with our essay contest, and more.

Publications

Read insights on the state of Yale University, discover transformative books, and more.

Upcoming Events

The State of K-12 Education in America

Panel on the State of K-12 Education in America with Florida Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, Jr., Heritage Foundation's Lindsey Burke, and AEI Senior Fellow Robert Pondiscio

Living the American Dream with Dr. Ben Carson

The Buckley Institute hosts Dr. Ben Carson through the Young America’s Foundation’s Irving Brown Lecture Series for a talk titled "Living the American Dream."

Totalitarianism and Dissent

Join Skidmore College’s Flagg Taylor for a three-day seminar reflecting on the writings of two of the great authors of the twentieth century: Arthur Koestler and Václav Havel.

Why We’re Needed

Nearly 63% of undergraduates say they often feel intimidated to share their ideas, opinions, or beliefs in class because they were different than their classmates’.

Latest News

“The Buckley Institute … proves that it is possible to succeed and thrive as conservatives.”

— Trevor MacKay ’25

“Buckley provides like-minded students an outlet to discuss centrist ideas.”

— Nicholas Surdel ’25

“The Buckley Program is more than just a conservative organization. Its events serve as an opportunity for all students who are dissatisfied with the campus orthodoxy to come together and engage in meaningful, intellectual discourse. Liberals, conservatives, even the occasional Republican — everyone finds a place here.”

— Aron Ravin ’24

“I have found some of my best friends through the Buckley Program. I went in not really knowing a lot of people and everyone was super nice, introduced themselves to me, and pulled me into the community.”

— Rosie Braceras ’23

“Buckley has provided a seriously necessary element of ideological diversity to my Yale education, and without it I would still be blind to many issues in the educational system.”

— Peter Bowman-Davis ’25

“The trips, diversity of events, networking opportunities, spaces for debate, and creative outreach managed by the organization are unparalleled and have transformed my experience at Yale so far.”

— Axel de Vernou '25