Dwight Hall Co-Coordinator Carlos Brown Selected as Newman Civic Fellow

Carlos Brown

Congratulations to Dwight Hall Executive Committee Co-Coordinator Carlos Brown on being selected as the 2022 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow from Yale University! Visit the Campus Compact website to read more about Carlos and the Newman Civic Fellowship.

“As a child, my father taught me that each and every person has an opportunity, through organizing, to advocate for themselves and their communities. He emphasized to me the importance of public service and the power that we collectively hold to change things for the better. I carry his lessons and the narratives of my community with me as I navigate this university and the world. I currently serve as co-coordinator of Dwight Hall at Yale, the Center for Public Service and Social Justice. Every day I interact with students, organizations, and community partners/non-profits that are tackling systemic issues in New Haven and beyond. Though these entities work diligently to mitigate systemic injustices, they fall short in erasing them in their entirety. Over the next few years, I hope to develop the historical, theoretical, and practical tools necessary to support organizers like this in their efforts to change systems and governments for the better.”

About the Author

Lydia Burleson

Lydia Burleson served as the Communications and Alumni Engagement Associate for Dwight Hall at Yale, Center for Public Service and Social Justice from June 2021-June 2022. A first-generation low-income student from rural Texas, Lydia graduated from Yale cum laude in 2021 with a degree in English and a nonfiction creative writing concentration. During her college years, Lydia increased awareness of marginalized voices with the public writing she did for The Yale Daily News and the Yale Admissions office. Her Dwight Hall experiences included free college advising with student-led member groups REACH and Matriculate. Dwight Hall empowered Lydia to uplift other disadvantaged students and to increase access to education for people who might not have otherwise received these resources. She is currently completing an English PhD at Stanford University with a Knight-Hennessy Fellowship.