Lydia Burleson, B.A.
Name: Lydia Burleson, Communications and Alumni Engagement Associate
Education: Yale College ‘21 B.A. English with a Nonfiction Creative Writing Concentration
Bio: Lydia Burleson currently serves as the Communications and Alumni Engagement Associate for Dwight Hall at Yale, Center for Public Service and Social Justice. She is responsible for forefronting the voices and stories behind Dwight Hall’s social justice initiatives, showcasing the people that make Dwight Hall the center for social change on Yale’s campus. Originally 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 Addmissions office. Her Dwight Hall experiences included free college advising with student-led member groups REACH and Matriculate. Most recently, Lydia was a 2020-2021 recipient of Dwight Hall’s Community Response Fellowship, which sponsored her communications and curriculum development work with the New Haven nature nonprofit Gather New Haven. 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.