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Dwight Hall at Yale Celebrates a Legacy of Leadership Honoring Student and Community Leaders

Contact:  Jeannette Archer-Simons                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phone:  203-432-2428

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Email:  jeannette.archer-simons@yale.edu

Dwight Hall At Yale celebrates a legacy of leadership

Honoring Student and Community Leaders

Dwight Hall at Yale is celebrating more than 125 years of service and advocacy at a special event on April 26, 2013.  The event will honor Dwight Hall’s history of service and the key individuals who have been influential as social justice leaders and role models in Dwight Hall’s history and in the New Haven community.

Retiring President of Yale University, Richard C. Levin, will receive the inaugural Dwight Hall Distinguished Community Service Award in honor of his 20-year commitment to the value of service and and to the importance of working beyond the walls of the university in collaborative efforts to improve the community and the region.

Columbus House, a legacy project of Dwight Hall, was selected to receive the Dwight Hall Community Partner Award.  Alison Cunningham, Executive Director of Columbus House, will accept the award on behalf of the organization, which partners with Dwight Hall students to provide critical services for the homeless and economically disadvantaged.

Gordon and Shelley Geballe and Deborah Rose will be honored with the Dwight Hall Legacy Leadership Award for their commitment in supporting the Hhall with their expertise and sustained passion for service and advocacy.

J.B. Schramm, Founder and CEO of College Summit, a nationally-recognized education reform company will be the keynote speaker and receive the Jane and William B Curran Distinguished Mentor Award. He has been a devoted alumnus of Dwight Hall and is the inaugural winner of the Yale-Jefferson Award.

Student Emily Briskin ’15 was selected by her peers to receive the Dwight Hall Rising Leadership Award for her work on global health issues working with the Student Global Health and AIDS Coalition (SGHAC).

Student Amalia Skilton ’13 was selected by her peers to receive the Dwight Hall Distinguished Leadership Award for her role as a mentor to other students and her enthusiastic leadership within the Yale Hunger and Homeless Action Project (YHHAP) and Fierce Advocates, an advocacy group for LGBTQ issues.

Board Chair, Connie Royster, stated, “Our students, alumni and partners are a community of servant leaders and advocates committed to making the world better for all of us.  We are delighted to honor this group of exceptional leaders and celebrate more than 125 years of student led action.”

On Friday, April 26th at 5:30PM alumni, current students, board, community members, and friends from far and wide will convene for a reception, dinner and awards ceremony at Commons in Woolsey Hall to honor individuals, moments and collaborators in the history of Dwight Hall. The celebration will recognize the important role of Yale and community leaders who have helped further the mission of Dwight Hall and have served as role models, mentors and partners for Dwight Hall students.

The evening will include highlights of past and present accomplishments of Dwight Hall students and staff, and musical performances by SHADES and Harmony@Yale.  The event is chaired by student leader Zoe Mercer-Golden ‘13, who stated, “More than 3000 students affiliated with Dwight Hall work on projects every day that improve the quality of life in New Haven and around the world. This celebration highlights our rich history of leadership and passionate commitment as student leaders.”

To attend the event, please register at the organization’s website at www.dwighthall.org.

Dwight Hall at Yale was founded by undergraduates in 1886 and is an independent, nonsectarian, non-profit umbrella organization with a strong history of service and social justice work in New Haven and beyond. As the Center for Public Service and Social Justice, Dwight Hall’s mission is to “to foster civic-minded student leaders and to promote service and activism in New Haven and around the world.” It is the largest campus-based student-run service organization in the country.

The fundamental community concerns that brought the Hall into existence over 125 years ago persist today, though the form of their expression changes with each student generation. As Yale strives to develop engaged global citizens, Dwight Hall complements the University’s initiatives with creative and responsible learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. In a paraphrase of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian, Dwight Hall is “an institution for others” – an institution with a long history of “helping the helpers” to enable each generation to respond to unmet human needs.

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If you would like more information about this event or to schedule an interview please contact:

Jeannette Archer-Simons at 203-432-2428 or jeannette.archer-simons@yale.edu.