Introducing the 2022 Student Executive Committee

In December and into the holiday break, Dwight Hall’s Student Executive Committee transitioned from its 2021 team into the student team set to lead in 2022. The Student Executive Committee is elected by Cabinet each fall, and is charged with the management of all Cabinet activities and effective support of Dwight Hall at Yale as a nonprofit institution. ExComm meets weekly to determine and implement priority projects, provide ongoing support of student service and advocacy programs, allocate resources, make policy recommendations and initiate programs for the Yale and New Haven communities.

Sasha Thomas ’22.5 ended her tenure as Senior Co-coordinator, Carlos Thomas ’23 transitioned from Junior to Senior Co-coordinator, and the Hall’s PR Coordinator William An ’24, stepped into the junior PR Coordinator role.

On this new team, Carlos Brown says, “I am confident that we’ve built a team that is passionate about service, leadership, and supporting the work of our member groups. From starting organizations to serve needs in their home communities to political organizing, this Excomm brings a wide range of experiences that I know will be invaluable in this coming year.”

Here’s a snapshot look at the new ExComm team and what they’re excited about in the upcoming year:

Carlos Brown, Jr. ’23

William An ’24

Valeria Bula ’23

Megan Niu ’25

Emily Zhang ’25

Josephine Cureton ’24

Rosa Anderson Barrera ’25

Yusuf Rasheed ’25

Kristen Meola ’25

Carmen Lopez Villamil ’25

Raymond Jin ’25

Caitlin Monsky ’24

Rachel Pontious ’24

Not pictured: Erika Mendez ’23, Homework Helpline Coordinator 

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.