Pathways to Public Service and Nonprofit Careers Panel: Embarking on Your Journey.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Have you begun thinking about how to stay involved in public service after Yale? Are you unsure what a public service career looks like? Are you wondering where even to begin, both to look for a public service career and to begin preparing for it now?

Please join Dwight Hall on Zoom on Wednesday October 13th, at 7PM ET for a panel conversation with three recent graduates on their pathways to public service careers. The panelists will discuss how they decided on their career and what pathways at Yale helped prepare them to continue public service initiatives after graduation. In conversation with a Yale alumna and former Dwight Hall Board member, the panelists will share advice for current students on where to get started and what to expect. Robyn Acampora from Yale’s Office of Career Strategy will also speak briefly on various ways to get engaged in summer community service/public service work.

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Odette Wang

 Odette Wang 20  holds a BA in Sociology and a certificate in Education Studies. While at Yale, she became involved with Dwight Hall and in the New Haven community - working at a local public school, serving as a tour guide and education programs assistant at the Yale University Art Gallery, and organizing the annual AIDS Walk New Haven. Odette previously interned at the New York State Education Department and the Education Policy Institute in London. She currently works at LEAP, a youth development and education nonprofit serving the New Haven area. 

Caroline Tanbee Smith 14 i is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Collab, a community-centered accelerator for Connecticut entrepreneurs and project builders. Outside of Collab, she is an organizer with aapiNHV — a pan-Asian collective in New Haven. She’s received the New Haven Biz Women in Business Award, Connecticut Magazine 40 Under 40, City of New Haven Individual Innovator Award, and Yale Seton Elm-Ivy Award for her work.

Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan 18 has been working on issues related to the criminal legal system, immigration and racial justice for close to 10 years. In March of 2021, Patrick collaborated in founding the Freedom Community Center (FCC), a new Black-led non profit in St. Louis dedicated to building a movement of survivors that will meaningfully address harm and design alternatives to the current systems of punishment and control. He currently works as an Operations Manager at FCC. Prior to working at the Freedom Community Center, Patrick worked as a Site Manager and Site Launch Coordinator for The Bail Project for three years. He managed The Bail Project’s sites in San Diego, CA and Spokane, WA. Collectively, his teams bailed out over 1300 people in those two cities. While at Yale, in 2016, Patrick co-founded the Connecticut Bail Fund, the first of its kind in the state of Connecticut with support from the Dwight Hall Public Service Fellowship. Patrick also served with the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project for four years, tutoring young men in prison in Connecticut and working on legislative campaigns to end solitary confinement. He was a member of The Purple Crayon of Yale and majored in American Studies. He currently lives in St. Louis and outside of work loves going to concerts, being outside rain or shine and visiting his six year old niece and two year old nephew as much as possible.

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