Hall has inspired Yale students to serve and transform the world for more than 128 years. Founded as the Young Men’s Christian Association at Yale in 1886, Dwight
Hall has evolved into a secular and inclusive institution where connections can
be forged and cultivated with the New Haven community. While Dwight Hall has changed significantly
since the end of the 19th century, the fundamental concerns for social service
and action, which brought the Hall into existence, continue today.
Historically, Dwight Hall has been an incubator for social justice and provides students with resources and networks for social action. In the 1930s, Dwight Hall students organized annual "peace strikes" to demonstrate their commitment to pacifism. Numerous Dwight Hall students were conscientious objectors in WWI and WWII. Alumnus David Dellinger inspired generations of activists from the late 1930s until his death.
During the 1950s and 60s, Dwight Hall advocated for the Civil Rights movement in the South while participating in the freedom rides, sit-ins, and marches. The University Chaplain at the time, William Sloane Coffin, collaborated closely with Dwight Hall to organize these activities. Dwight Hall served as the central location for East Coast student activists participating in freedom rides. Students from several universities would board buses on Friday afternoon and return on Sunday night.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Dwight Hall students were vociferously active in the anti-Vietnam movement. In 1970, Dwight Hall served as a neutral space where both Black Panthers and FBI could gather to discuss and negotiate.
In the 1980s, Dwight Hall continued to be a hub of activism. Many students advocated against apartheid in South Africa and supported the environmental movement. In the 1990s, the Student Labor Action Coalition supported local efforts to negotiate a fair contract with Yale, numerous student organizations formed the Student Coalition Rallying Against Proposition 187 (SCRAP 187), United Farm Workers at Yale successfully petitioned to ban California table grapes from Yale University dining halls in order to improve the plight of the farm workers, and the Yale Hunger and Homeless Action Project helped get the New Haven Living Wage bill passed.
Currently Dwight Hall supports over 90 service programs and fellowships while fostering coordinate efforts with New Haven organizations with similar missions.. Many of New Haven's non-profit organizations - including Columbus House, New Haven Home Recovery, Marrakech, and Haven Free Clinic - were developed with key support from Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship projects. Dwight Hall alumni have also created national organizations - such as Jumpstart, College Summit, Peer Health Exchange, Unite for Sight, and Mercado Global - that were either launched from their Dwight Hall projects or grew out of their service experiences as student leaders.
Dwight Hall supports over 90 student-led service groups and
fellowships which contribute over 150,000 hours of direct service and advocacy
each year. The efforts of these volunteers impact 20,000 people in the State of
Connecticut alone. Listed below are examples that demonstrate the range of our
Unrestricted contributions to Dwight Hall support the the following organizational needs:
Two example of recent program success are...
Co-Op After School (CAS) maintains a supportive, nurturing, safe environment that provides students with opportunities for enrichment outside of the normal school day. CAS offers over 30 unique programs in creative writing, dance, music, theater, visual arts, architecture, academic enrichment, and civic and cultural engagement for 300 students (nearly half the student body). Dwight Hall is a CAS partner and is proud to support youth development through the arts.
Teachers will often report that students are less likely to miss school on days that they have a CAS class. Teachers will also note that students involved in CAS are so committed to it because it gives them a chance to study something outside of their chosen major.
CAS was highlighted as an example of the positive benefits of after school programs. CAS engages students positively in their school community instead of unhealthy or negative experiences. It also places a high priority on academics; students are encouraged to use After School time to meet with their teachers even if that means they miss part of their course. Their academic success comes first.
CAS employs Co-op high school teachers, but also works with a wide network of Yale students who teach courses on screenwriting, philosophy, and poetry, among other things. CAS students will often remark that they like having the opportunity to learn from college students because they aspire to be like them.
Socially responsible investment (SRI) strategy considers
both financial returns and social good. Created in 2008, the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund is the first undergraduate-run SRI fund in the country.
A Student Advisory Committee collaborates with the Board of Trustees to ensure the financial success of the fund while simultaneously raising awareness about the importance of incorporating environmental, social, and corporate governance issues into the investment process. Student committee members have the opportunity to learn about the criteria and methods by which socially responsible investment funds can be managed while developing investment acumen.
The Dwight Hall at Yale Board of Directors has unanimously selected Peter Crumlish as Executive Director for Dwight Hall at Yale. Crumlish brings a wealth of leadership experience to this position, having served as the Director of Resource Development for Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, and as a past Director of College Counseling at Hebron Academy and Director of Partnerships for Parks in New York City. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the Yale Divinity School. Peter served two years in the Peace Corps, training teachers in the Philippines, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Calvin Hill Day Care Center and the Congo Leadership Initiative.
“We are delighted to have Peter join our organization. He brings a passion for service and advocacy that has been demonstrated in both his career and service activities,” said Connie Royster, chair of the Board of Directors.
Crumlish was selected after an extensive search process that involved students, board, and staff in considering numerous candidates. “He impressed people with his background in service on a national and international level and his experiences in community engagement,” said a member of the student executive leadership team. “Students at Dwight Hall are committed to a wide variety of service and advocacy causes and welcome someone who shares these same values in building stronger communities."
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