Dwight Hall at Yale is thrilled to announce the hiring of Onyeka Obiocha as the Director of Innovation.
Ony’s primary responsibility is to oversee, manage, and grow the Social Innovation Lab, a pillar of Dwight Hall’s programming launched in the fall of 2016. In this position, Ony is responsible for developing resources, trainings, and partnerships to support a cohort of students dedicating themselves to creating social change. Ony will also be working closely with the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking and serve as Dwight Hall’s representative on the Yale Social Entrepreneurship Collaborative. Last, Ony will develop a series of events that bring together Yale and New Haven communities. Executive Director & General Secretary Peter Crumlish says he is very excited to have Ony come aboard and bring his considerable experience and insight as a social entrepreneur and visionary to the social innovation work going on at the Hall.
According to Crumlish, “Ony has both the practical knowledge and interpersonal skills that make him a valuable mentor, guide, and inspiration to our student leaders of social change. He is also widely known and respected within the New Haven community and among the start-up spaces around town. He will help integrate the creative work of our students both within the university and within the larger community.”
Ony’s previous work spans community development, social entrepreneurship, and civic consulting. He was formerly President and Co-Founder of A Happy Life, a social enterprise dedicated to creating a happier world for all, which had a location called the Happiness Lab in New Haven. Ony also serves as a Managing Partner at Breakfast Lunch & Dinner, a civic consultancy dedicated to building collective culture. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors Onyeka consulted for Special Olympics International and built out a Corporate Social Responsibility program at a startup nutrition company. Ony is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in Economics.
Ony says “As the oldest and largest campus-based student-run service organization in the country Dwight Hall has a proven history of innovation in both the Yale and New Haven communities – from establishing the Summer Fellowship in 1968, as a paid position for students to dedicate themselves to creating real social change to launching the Socially Responsible Investment Fund as the first student-run, student-managed socially responsible portfolio in the nation. In my position as Director of Innovation I look forward to leveraging this culture of innovation to develop opportunities for Yale faculty, staff, and students to create a more just world for all.”