Dwight Hall features over 85 student-run member groups that engage 3,500 students, or 2/3 of Yale undergraduates, each year in service and social justice activities. A student Executive Committee is elected by leaders from the member groups and works with a professional staff to support student programs, allocate resources and advance initiatives between the Yale and New Haven communities. Dwight Hall is overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of students, Yale faculty, alumni and community leaders.
Dwight Hall is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that has a yearly operating budget of $800,000 raised from the following sources:
- 31% program grants
- 26% annual donor contributions
- 22% endowment income
- 18% Yale program grants
- 3% Yale Club and Class Gifts
Dwight Hall students 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. Each $1 spent by Dwight Hall generates $6 worth of volunteer service and activism.
DWIGHT HALL STUDENT GROUPS
Dwight Hall enables students to design, manage, evaluate and adapt programs that respond to a wide range of local, national and global needs, such as:
- Best Buddies pairs volunteers with New Haven adults with mental disabilities to foster one-on-one relationships
- Elmseed Enterprise Fund extends low-interest microloans and technical assistance to local entrepreneurs
- Instrumental connection brings music instruction to children in New Haven who are unable to afford music lessons
- Mathcounts Outreach fosters a positive attitude towards mathematics amongst New Haven middle school students through weekly coaching sessions and regular competitions
- Reach Out: The Yale College Partnership for International Service mobilizes students to address poverty, environmental degradation and human rights abuses through summer and spring break trips to developing countries
- YHHAP (Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project) promotes advocacy and service programs to aid the hungry and homeless. Students work to alleviate the roots causes of poverty
- YSEC (Yale Student Environmental Coalition) participates in national and campus wide environmental campaigns, organizes work days for habitat restoration and educates the Yale and New Haven communities about environmental issues
Dwight Hall at Yale promotes a culture of action and reflection that encourages student leaders to share best practices, learn from successful leaders and collaborate on solving societal challenges. The Education Network, Social Justice Network and the Yale Public Health Coalition connect Dwight Hall groups with community-based organizations for innovative and inclusive programming.
Dwight Hall has recently expanded its outreach to include alumni and students from the graduate and professional schools at the University and through Yale Clubs. A more extensive and intergenerational community will enhance the experience of undergraduates while furthering social change through increased volunteerism and activism.