Congratulations to Dwight Hall Executive Committee Co-Coordinator, Matthew Coffin, for being chosen as the 2017 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow from Yale University! Learn more about Matthew and the Newman Civic Fellowship by visiting Campus Compact’s website.
“Public service has been an integral component of my identity for most of my life. When I arrived on Yale’s campus, I immediately began exploring multiple venues for community service and found my home within New Haven. In my sophomore year, I transitioned from participating in community service to becoming a service leader. Through service, I constantly explore the relationship between Yale and New Haven, and I passionately believe in promoting responsible, collaborative, and effective service. For example, in my freshman year I participated in a program called Freshmen-in-Service, organized by Yale’s umbrella service organization, Dwight Hall, and it allowed me to work with myriad New Haven non-profits and learn from incredible community leaders. As a sophomore, I returned to this program as its coordinator, helping me understand how Yale students need to expand the services we offer non-profits. To effectively advocate for these changes, I became the Co-Coordinator of Dwight Hall, which facilitates service experiences for over 3,000 students each year; among many other initiative, I will be doubling the size of Freshmen-in-Service next year to not only help New Haven non-profits, but also to allow students to thoroughly understand our community and make effective change.”
Psychology and History Double Major: Class of 2019