Dwight Hall’s 50/150 Celebration

Dwight Hall’s 50/150 Celebration of Women

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the matriculation of women in Yale College and the 150th anniversary of the first women students at the university are milestones to be celebrated.


Dwight Hall at Yale, the Center for Public Service and Social Justice realizes the contributions of women to university life and to the New Haven community and joins in the celebration of honoring these pioneers. 


With an 11-month long celebration beginning in January 2020, Dwight Hall will recognize and honor the legacy and depth of Dwight Hall’s women trailblazers.


In January, Dwight Hall began it’s celebration by launching “Kindred Spirits” , an opportunity for current Dwight Hall women leaders of the last decade, to connect with former leaders from the last 50 years by thanking them for lighting the way, and to share their own experiences and women leaders at Yale and in New Haven.



February 28th 12pm | Dwight Hall at Yale 

A Fireside Chat with Alumna Autumn Leonard |

Navigating Identity as a Jewish Woman of Color at Yale: How I Lead

Autumn Leonard inherited a love of equality from her parents who braved laws against interracial marriage and got legally hitched in 1960. Her love of storytelling began when she was eight years old and accidentally stumbled into a stage debut at the Edinburgh Fringe. That combination of justice and story has infused her work ever since. Autumn worked as the Creative Action Coordinator for United for a Fair Economy, using theater techniques to help craft press events and stage creative social actions. She then worked as the Community Programmer for the International Festival for Arts and Ideas in New Haven before making the leap into film and attending the graduate Radio­-Television -­Film program at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a trainer for Ruckus and a puppet builder for Art & Revolution; she has chaired the Race Task Force at Kolot Chayeinu in support of other Jews of color and taught at Kolot’s K’tanim program. A mother of two, Autumn believes avidly in the importance of play in education and has served on the Maple Street School board since 2012. She graduated with a BA in Theater Studies at Yale and holds an MFA in Film from UT Austin. Autumn is currently the Social Media Coordinator for Hand-in-Hand, the domestic employers’ network, and teaches yoga at the Urban Yoga Foundation.

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A guided  conversation with Curran Distinguished Mentor Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander – poet, educator, memoirist, scholar, and cultural advocate – is president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the nation’s largest funder in arts and culture, and humanities in higher education. Dr. Alexander has held distinguished professorships at Smith College, Columbia University, and Yale University, where she taught for 15 years and chaired the African American Studies Department. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, serves on the Pulitzer Prize Board, and co-designed the Art for Justice Fund. Notably, Alexander composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009, and is author or co-author of fourteen books. Her book of poems, American Sublime, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2006, and her memoir, The Light of the World, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 2015.