Dwight Hall at Yale

Center for Public Service and Social Justice

About Us

The Beginning

Dwight Hall at Yale is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which was founded by undergraduates in 1886 and has operated continuously since then as a student-led entity. As the Center for Public Service and Social Justice, Dwight Hall reflects a diverse Yale student body and a strong history of social justice work in New Haven and beyond. Dwight Hall at Yale is an independent, nonsectarian umbrella organization, and the largest campus-based student-run service organization in the country.

The Organization

Dwight Hall recognizes that long-term solutions to the world’s problems come from focusing on developing passionate, innovative leaders. Dwight Hall exists as a place to cultivate student leaders invested in ethical productivity, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Dwight Hall promotes a culture of action and reflection that encourages student leaders to share best practices, learn from successful leaders, and collaborate on solving societal challenges.

Dwight Hall features over 90 student-run member groups that engage 3,500 students each year in service and social justice activities. These student-led programs are supported by four Networks–categorized as Education, Social Justice, International, and Public Health–that promote community-based learning, innovative programming, best practices, and collaborative communication. Dwight Hall students contribute more than 150,000 hours of direct service and advocacy each year. Each $1 spent by Dwight Hall generates $3.72 worth of volunteer service and activism.1