Dwight Hall at Yale

Center for Public Service and Social Justice

Programs

Below is a comprehensive list of active programs that run through Dwight Hall. Programs can be searched by name, cause, or type of service.

Overview Mission

Student Partnerships for Global Health (SPGH)

Children & Youth
Health & Medicine
International Affairs
Research & Policy Analysis
Open

The foundation of this group begins with (1) an understanding that there are vast disparities in access to health care and health education throughout the world and (2) a recognition that, while we as students are not trained physicians or public health experts, we are passionate about doing anything we can to make the world a better place. Our aim is to learn about a community and ask: How can we use our skills and resources to address a public health problem in partnership with existing in-country organizations? With collaborative, interdisciplinary student teams, we use any skills we can offer (survey collection, data analysis, education) to assist in addressing a specific public health problem in each community that we’re working with. The projects done in sites abroad are done with long-term commitments to our partners, as well as to future members of the Yale organization itself.

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Students for Autism Awareness at Yale (SAAY)

People with Disabilities
Children & Youth
Fundraising and Financial Support
Advocacy and Education
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Students for Autism Awareness at Yale (SAAY) is an undergraduate organization that strives to raise autism awareness at Yale and in the greater New Haven community. As a Dwight Hall organization, SAAY provides interactive opportunities for Yale students to engage with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Students for Autism Awareness at Yale strives to help improve the lives of those affected by autism.

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Employment & Job Training
Health & Medicine
Homelessness & Housing
Direct Service
Advocacy and Education
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We are a student group committed to replacing our racially and economically devastating drug war with policies rooted in science, health, and human rights.

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Students of Salaam

Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
Open

We seek to connect, engage, and empower New Haven’s refugee and immigrant populations and the local communities to foster inclusion and tolerance through weekly in-school and in-home cultural lessons and monthly community outreach events. 

We believe that knowledge and communication decrease xenophobia within communities to dismantle the culture of fear perpetuated by the media and the instinctual fear of the unknown. 

Our tutors are ambassadors of the aforementioned mission; they serve their communities, stay aware of regional issues, and many hope to shift behaviors and policy on a larger scale—their work as an SOS ambassador is often just one aspect of a lifelong passion.

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Summer Science Research Institute

Summer Science Research Institute

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Direct Service
Advocacy and Education
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The Summer Science Research Institute (SSRI) connects highly qualified New Haven high school students with science research internships at Yale University.

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Synapse Outreach Group

Synapse Outreach Group

Children & Youth
Advocacy and Education
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Synapse is a subdivision of the Yale Scientific Magazine focused on community outreach projects. It operates independently as a Dwight Hall member group and official Yale undergraduate organization while remaining a branch of YSM. The mission of Synapse is to solidify our current programs, and then initiate a new Mentorship Program for those in the New Haven community.

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Teaching Peace Initiative

Teaching Peace Initiative

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Direct Service
Research & Policy Analysis
Advocacy and Education
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The Teaching Peace Initiative is a nonprofit educational organization, dedicated to inspiring a generation of proactive peacemakers through comprehensive curricula that stress the values of tolerance and open-mindedness. By organizing students to teach these values to younger students in their community, advocating for the incorporation of programs that stress these values into every child’s school experience, and by developing and administering curricula designed specifically to teach these concepts, we seek to ensure that children not only understand what peace is, but acquire the desire and the skills to make it a reality in their communities and the world at large.

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Thi(NK) at Yale (There's Hope in North Korea)

Human Rights
International Affairs
Advocacy and Education
Open

Yale for North Korean Human Rights, also known as ThiNK (There’s Hope in North Korea), is a non-profit organization that strives to raise awareness about human rights violations in North Korea, facilitate a public platform of discourse on the North Korean refugee crisis, and improve the status of North Korean human rights through projects including media dissemination and fundraising for rescue campaigns. At times, these issues might seem distant, immovable perhaps. Nonetheless, as global citizens, we believe that we are called to regularly apply our values and morals in response to situations of systemic injustice, to violations of basic human rights. In that vein, we strive towards a greater public awareness of the condition of North Korean citizens. We encourage our peers to engage in earnest discussions of how change might be effected. We are inspired by these words: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (Martin Luther King Jr.).

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Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Direct Service
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The Ulysses S. Grant Foundation is a summer academic program for New Haven middle schoolers. Taking place on the Yale University campus, the program offers students two different types of classes: Humanities and math/science-oriented Investigations. Students also participate in electives and extracurriculars, ranging from sports and games to debate and creative writing classes.

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Unite Against Sexual Assault Yale (USAY)

Arts & Culture
Crisis Support
Education & Literacy
Human Rights
LGBTQ Rights
Open

Fight the causes of sexual assault, increase support for survivors and ensure perpetrators are held accountable.

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