At the start of each academic year, the student leaders and staff here at Dwight Hall anxiously await the return of Yalies to campus. Along with the admittance of the largest freshman class in Yale history, our temporary building location, and a growing interest in service by the Yale community, we recommitted ourselves to being the “go to” for all things service oriented.
Increasing our presence, and expanding our reach, Dwight Hall played a significant role in the Student Org Summit which occurred on September 9th, organized by the Dean’s Office. New AmeriCorps VISTA Marquita Taylor and Program Manager Mark Fopeano, along with assistance from Executive Director Peter Crumlish successfully facilitated Community Engagement 101. This introduction to equity-centered engagement provided useful tools for engaging with the local communities outside of Yale, a historical representation of New Haven and encouraged exploration and reflection on privilege, power and social capital. This highly successful session was followed by “Managing Your Dwight Hall Member Group” where expectations and requirements for Dwight Hall Member Groups was discussed. The participants were left with helpful resources to prepare them for an active semester.
Dwight Hall’s Zelda Roland co-facilitated an interactive workshop called “Toolkit for Female and Female- Identifying Leaders” where challenges facing women in leadership roles at Yale and beyond was discussed, and participants left with an actionable toolkit on how to navigate bias in teams and as future leaders. Student leader Matthew Coffin, Co-Coordinator of ExComm also facilitated a discussion.
Dwight Hall kicked-off its commitment to students interested in service, our community partners, and the Yale community with flying colors. We’re making a difference, by being the difference.