Dwight Hall Celebrates More than 125 Years of Student Leadership

On April 26th, Dwight Hall at Yale celebrated more than 125 years of service and advocacy at a special event with over 200 people attending.  The event honored 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 Levin, accepted the inaugural Dwight Hall Distinguished Community Service Award in recognition 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, accepted 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 were honored with the Dwight Hall Legacy Leadership Award for their commitment in supporting the Hall with their expertise and sustained passion for service and advocacy.

J.B. Schramm ’86, Founder and CEO of College Summit, a nationally-recognized education reform organization received 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. In his rousing keynote address, during which he recognized his friend, and former Little Brother Andrea from his undergraduate days in Dwight Hall, J.B. declared, “The purpose of Yale is to teach students to reason. The purpose of Dwight Hall is to give students a reason!”

Student Emily Briskin ’15 was selected by her peers to receive the Dwight Hall Rising Leadership Award for her work on global health issues in 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.

In closing 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.”

You can view the Celebration program by clicking here.

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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