Dwight Hall Newsletter
March 2020
Executive Director Peter Crumlish and family adapt to a remote workplace.
Photo Credit: Chris Randall via New Haven Independent

In its 135 years, Dwight Hall at Yale has risen to many challenges, including the 1918 influenza pandemic, world wars, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and apartheid. The world has shifted for each of us in the past several weeks, and Dwight Hall’s students, staff, and Board will keep you apprised of our response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic.

While Yale students will not return to campus this semester, Dwight Hall is guaranteeing employment for more than 100 student workers by shifting assignments and moving some program delivery online. The Muslim Leadership Lab cohort will adapt with online trainings in community organizing. The Hall is also exploring new opportunities to engage students in reflection and independent study.

During this upheaval, you might enjoy these stories of Dwight Hall students rising to the occasion.
Dwight Hall Students: Leading Social Change in Times of Crisis
Joseph Gayin '19
Zehua Chen '22
Joseph Gaylin ’19, Serena Ly ’20, ’21MPH, and Zehua Chen ’22 are carrying out important social change work. Joseph is advocating for a more humane COVID-19 response in Connecticut prisons, Serena is working on her senior thesis under unique circumstances, and Zehua is an unflappable Dwight Hall student employee.



YANA Global Town Hall Panel Discussion and Dwight Hall Spotlight Presentation
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Dwight Hall at Yale is excited to be featured at the upcoming  Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance  New York CIty chapter meeting!


You are cordially invited to join us online or via phone on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm EST.


  • Tim Ryan '20, student coordinator for Yale Harbor Scholars, a Dwight Hall signature initiative serving students who lack parental support, will be featured as part of the panel of leaders sharing insights on dealing with the current Coronavirus crisis.


  • Student Executive Committee co-coordinator Sasha Thomas '22 and Executive Director Peter Crumlish '09 MAR will give a spotlight presentation on the ways Dwight Hall and its member organizations are adapting programming, communications, and local engagement in the midst of a global health crisis. Join the conversation about how Yale alumni, students, and community organizations can work together to weather this challenging time.


We hope you will join the conversation! 


Zoom Conference instructions are available here.