May 31, 2020
The progression of COVID-19 in U.S. prisons and jails is one of the most striking tragedies of this pandemic. The conditions of coronavirus deaths in correctional facilities are appalling, yet they are often made invisible in journalism and political arenas. 

If you would like to help disrupt this narrative and honor the lives and the tragedies of those who have died in prisons during the pandemic, please consider joining YUPP’s new advocacy group: Mourning Our Losses. Please complete   this interest form   if you would like to participate in this project.

Mourning Our Losses is a newly formed volunteer organization that has created a website ( https://www.mourningourlosses.org/ ) to memorialize people who have died in prisons from COVID-19. I have spent much of the past month working with a wonderful group of people under the leadership of prison education pioneer   Kelsey Kauffman   and other lifelong prison advocates. You can view our first set of memorials  online to get a sense of the type of work we produce!
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News & Events
The Dwight Hall at Yale Summer Fellowship Program supports students who desire to form lasting relationships with the community. Since its founding in 1968, the program has offered unique opportunities for students to dedicate themselves to creating social change, signficantly expanded the number of fellowships, and grown its partnerships with community leaders and organizations.

As schools adjust to online learning, many students lack the necessary resources. Currently, there is a need to equip thousands of New Haven students from grades 3-8 with Chromebooks. While the State of Connecticut is providing technology to all New Haven high school students, many younger students are left without access to online education. The New Haven Public School District, along with community organizations, is currently fundraising to meet this need.

Now, you can  help secure the remaining 2,673 Chromebooks . Whether you give $10 and encourage 23 friends and family members to join you or you contribute $236 for a Chromebook, each of us can help finish this effort to give New Haven students a lifeline in these uncertain times.

Volunteer Corps is a project of Dwight Hall, Yale's Center for Social Justice and Public Service, to recruit interested Yalies for service opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis. Volunteer Corps is a centralized space to access service opportunities in New Haven and remotely.

Community
The city's Blake Field Drop-In Center for people experiencing homelessness will be staying open due to continuing need through Friday 6/26. They are in need of volunteers for the month of June as well as supplies. Please click the links below to volunteer and/or to purchase supplies from their online wishlist. The drop-in center, located at Blake Field (next to East Rock Magnet School), provides food, showers, clothing, medical and mental health services, and triage/case management.


Friday, June 5, 2020 at 5 PM – 8 PM EDT

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH IRIS-INTEGRATED REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT SERVICES

This event will be streamed live on Facebook, You Tube and here on our homepage.
Historian Quan Tran and sociologist Jasmina Besirevic-Regan share their personal stories and professional perspectives on borders, migration, and democracy. Bring your questions and curiosities to this interactive event with our partners at IRIS.

Visit our website for more information!
Project SHIELDS a team of University of Pennsylvania engineers, alums, and social entrepreneurs who have halted our business operations in order to mass produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. 
 
Currently, we're assembling 3,500 shields / day, utilizing 3D printing and injection molding. Our rate is 50x faster compared to any other standardized initiative, reliably and consistently.
 
Our biggest need is for a Business Strategist who can help us build on our momentum of shipping 50,000 shields to thousands of medical workers in 26 states. This would include the creation of a presentation deck with associated financials that can be presented to select funders who have expressed interest in our model.
We also are looking for an Operations Specialist, a Client Care Specialist, and a Community Relations Specialist. Interested parties should send short cover letter and resume to  john.gamba@gmail.com .
Nursing facilities are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 due to the age of their residents and their proximity to others within these homes. Without PPE, staff members at nursing facilities cannot adequately protect themselves or the residents from infection, but most of the attention surrounding PPE right now is focused on hospitals even though the elderly are in need of protection now more than ever.

A group of Yale students responded to this by creating DonatePPE! DonatePPE is an online platform that strives to match nursing home PPE requests with local donations in high-risk communities. Our website can be found here:  https://www.nursinghomeppe.org/ .

Currently, we are primarily in need of:
-N95 / surgical masks / home-made face masks
-Protective goggles
-Face shields
-Nitrile gloves
-Disinfecting wipes
-Coveralls / gowns
-Disposable booties
-Homemade sewn masks
-Thermometers
-Hand sanitizers



If you have any questions, please contact  donateppe2nursinghomes@gmail.com .
Opportunities
Although the coronavirus pandemic has brought most voter outreach efforts across the country to a halt, Freedom Summer 2020 is continuing with a completely virtual format from July 6 – August 14 . Building on the original Freedom Summer in Mississippi, this program will allow you to take one 3-unit class in social movements and learn how to organize, develop leadership, and help people get out to vote, and then participate in a second 3-unit field course in which you will put those learnings into practice by organizing low-wage workers to vote over the phone and using a voter app. Join students from around the country in learning social movement organizing skills while conducting non-partisan relational voter engagement with hundreds of thousands of unlikely voters from around the country.  Students from all campuses are encouraged to apply.

In addition to fostering democratic engagement, participants will also earn 6 units of academic credit and a certificate in Social Movement Organizing from the UC Berkeley Social Movements Center. You can also contact Reed Levitt at  reed.levitt@berkeley.edu  to sign up today!

Friday, May 1, 10:00 - 10:30   Register here
Tuesday, May 12, 10:00 - 10:30  Register here
Wednesday, May 27th 1:00 - 1:30  Register here
Thursday, June 11, 2:00 - 2:30  Register here
Friday, June 26, 10:00 - 10:30  Register here
All first-years, sophomores, and juniors on Yale financial aid who have not already used their DSA can receive DSA funding in  the traditional way as an unpaid opportunity with a nonprofit, government entity, arts apprenticeship, or research (remote or in-person opportunities accepted) ; if they are doing a  remote international internship ;   or for full-time enrollment in  Yale Summer Session online courses . The deadline to apply for DSA funding has been extended until  June 12, 2020.
To find out more about whether you qualify for the DSA, visit the DSA website   here!  For general questions about the Common Good & Creative Careers (CGCC) initiative, reach out to the CGCC Fellow, Andrew Bilodeau ( andrew.bilodeau@yale.edu) . For questions surrounding your specific situation, set up a remote advising appointment with an OCS advisor through your  Yale Career Link  account.


Questions? Email pr@dwighthall.org .