Initiated in 1994, Dwight Hall Urban Fellows is an academic-year program whereby Yale University undergraduates gain exposure to today’s urban challenges and work with community professionals to find real solutions. Placements seek to uncover and counter urban challenges through neighborhood empowerment, community-building, and economic development.
Urban Fellows dedicate 6-8 hours per week working in either a community organization or government agency, where they receive professional mentorship and develop a personalized project. In addition to community work, Urban Fellows garner their collective experience through a series of community-building activities, such as dinners, speaker series, and planned reflections.
Dwight Hall at Yale provides ongoing individual advisement for both students and placement sites, in addition to financial support and organizational resources such as cars, bus passes, and meeting space. The program is designed to challenge assumptions, encourage open communication, foster a lifelong commitment to civic engagement, and find innovative solutions to urban challenges.