Neighbor in Residence

Neighbor in Residence

Developed by Tsai CITY and Dwight Hall the Neighbor in Residence (NiR) Program offers a paid semester-long position designed for individuals living in New Haven to engage, educate, and grow within the Yale community. The purpose of the program is to:

  • Build exciting partnerships and collaborations between aspiring change-makers living in New Haven;
  • Help Yale students gain a better understanding of how to make a positive impact in the New Haven community; and 
  • Identify opportunities for the Yale and New Haven communities to share resources and work together towards a common goal. 

2018 Neighbor in Residence Participants

Kimberly Hart: Organizing New Haven residents who are living in poverty and their allies, to create public awareness. A media campaign is in process which will allow residents to share stories, and solutions with community leaders, elected officials and landlords to ensure that there is increased awareness of the need for more affordable housing.

Paul Bryant Hudson: Sofar Sounds (New Haven) was founded to bring back that magic. In 2009, Rafe Offer invited some friends over to a London flat for a low-key, intimate gig. Eight people gathered in the living room to listen to live music performed by friend and musician Dave Alexander. They shared a drink, and sat on the floor, attentively listening to the music. The room was so quiet, you could hear the clock ticking in the background. Quickly, what started as a hobby in London spread into a global community for artists and audiences to come together in unique and welcoming spaces - with an added element of surprise - to share, discover, create and, hopefully make a friend or find their new favorite band along the way

Beatrice Codianni: SWAN, a grassroots organization working to end violence against sex workers was founded in November 2016. Their work is rooted in harm reduction, prison abolition, and dignity for all. Their mission is devoted to the protection of the rights of sex workers in New Haven and to the delivery of services to such persons.

NiR Program Structure

Neighbors-in-Residence will work alongside Dwight Hall and Tsai CITY stakeholders to advance Dwight Hall’s mission to “nurture and inspire students as leaders of social change and to advance justice and service in New Haven and around the world.” They will provide insight into the people, neighborhoods, community organizations, and local government that make up New Haven. The NiR focus on their own unique, innovative project during the semester.

The NiR commits to holding four hour-long sessions per month with Yale students, faculty, or staff as they seek to make strong connections in the New Haven community. Also, the NiR commits to  supporting other New Haven residents in accessing opportunities, resources and events within the University.

Ideal candidates will be individuals with:

  • Substantial experience in, and a deep understanding of New Haven (its neighborhoods, the nonprofit sector, and the socio-politics of the area)
  • Prior participation in a leadership role in the New Haven community: Neighborhood Watch, Parent Teacher organizations, religious groups etc.
  • A minimum of 8 consecutive years as a New Haven resident
  • Initiative and self-motivation
  • Strong sense of humor

Specific Benefits

This position was created so that Dwight Hall and Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking can offer staff time, expertise, and resources to help members of the New Haven community connect to Yale resources and connect the broader Yale community to assets in the New Haven community. 

Spring 2018 Nomination/ Application

Nominations/ applications close Friday, February 2nd at 11:59PM EST

If you have any questions please email Marquita Taylor at