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2006 Dwight Hall Student Executive Committee

Dwight Hall Co-Coordinators:

Helena Herring 203.687.8401
Amy Wojnarwsky 216.659.6705
The Dwight Hall student coordinators lead the Student Cabinet by setting the tone and direction for the year. They manage the major initiatives and day-to-day operations of Dwight Hall, facilitate the Executive Committee and Cabinet meetings, and engage in long-term planning for the Hall. The coordinators are the chief liaisons representing student interests to staff and to the Board of Directors. They are available to any student or community agency seeking information about Dwight Hall and individual member groups.

New Membership Coordinator:

Nicholas Seaver 562.221.6425
This position, along with fulfilling all of the duties of an ExComm officer, coordinates the provisional member group process, the process by which new groups apply to join Dwight Hall. The coordinator assembles and chairs the Membership Committee in evaluating and advising the new groups. The Provisional Member Group Coordinator works closely with the Program Director, Johnny Scafidi, during the process; and not only leads the membership committee in evaluating each of the groups applying for Dwight Hall membership, but also serves to advise the new groups in assuring their sustainability, success, and integration into the Hallís community.

Membership Coordinator:

Robert Szykowny 203.314.8078
The Member Group Services Coordinator will facilitate collaboration and teamwork between different groups within the Hall and serve to promote the quality and efficacy of all of Dwight Hallís member groups. The coordinator will implement all of the evaluation initiatives within the Hall from annual inventories to leadership transition workshops within the Hall. The Coordinator will respond to the emerging needs of the member groups and their volunteers and will design new projects to promote cohesion within the Hallís community.

Financial Coordinator:

Ryan Patap 630.826.9002
The financial coordinator's primary responsibility is to manage the campus and community budget and to oversee the spending related to it. The financial coordinator chairs the Allocation Committee that decides how to allocate the money from the budget to different Dwight Hall groups that apply for funding. Aside from the day-to-day activities, he helps groups apply for funding outside Dwight Hall and advises on how to manage their budget and use their money efficiently. Ryan also assists with fundraising.

Public Relations Coordinator:

Justin Ash 248.506.5405
It is the responsibility of the Public Relations (PR) Coordinator to communicate the activities, opportunities, and visions of Dwight Hall to the community. Justin proactively manages the placement of information into media outlets using press releases and direct communication to protect, publicize, and enhance the work and workings of the Hall. As there are many students who are unaware of all the resources that Dwight Hall has to offer, he serves as the contact person to direct people to their specific areas of interest. In addition, Justin sends out the twice-weekly Dwight Hall email newsletter, the D-Holla. He also helps to plan Dwight Hall events, such as the Fall Bazaar and the Community Appreciation Dinner.

Social Justice Network Liaison:

Gloria Alday 203.500.9861
As the SJN liaison, Gloria works with the Magee Fellow, Karilyn Crockett, and the SJN coordinators, Sofia Fenner and Jared Malsin, as well as students in SJN member groups. SJN is a coalition of organizations and individuals working for social justice and social change at Yale, in New Haven, and beyond. SJN is dedicated to building a community of social justice advocates, while helping activists develop skills necessary to achieve change. Gloria will be working this semester to increase coordination and community in SJN groups.

Community-Based Learning Coordinator:

Carolynn Molleur-Hinteregger 603.978.1172
Carolynn will be furthering the development of a more permanent infrastructure for Community-Based Learning (CBL) at Yale by bringing in speakers, researching programs at other schools, and creating a focus group to evaluate the current pilot programs. CBL initiatives have gained significant support over the past three years from both University and community members. This is an exciting project moving beyond its formative stage, and Carolynn would be happy to have your involvement or answer any question.

Faculty Outreach Coordinator:

Anjali Varma 917.865.2495
The goals of this position are: 1) to familiarize faculty from across the University with the mission and programs of Dwight Hall; and 2) to encourage a strong working relationship between professors/departments and Dwight Hall groups through which students can avail themselves of faculty resources. Anjali seeks to implement these goals by meeting with a broad range of department chairs and professors to discuss both the current nature of Dwight Hall and the interests or experience they might bring to bear on its improvement. Anjali will also work to partner faculty with inclined student organizations, arrange lectures, and generally promote dialogue about the most effective use of University resources.

Community In-Reach Coordinator:

Jessica Bialecki 203.687.5309
The Community In-Reach Coordinator is responsible for organizing the 'Community Leaders Recognition Series' in which New Haven nonprofit community leaders are invited into the Hall for bi-weekly conversations with Yale students about important issues in New Haven. These "teach-ins" are designed to expose students to the diversity of individuals and concerns in New Haven, and to address areas identified by Dwight Hall's member groups as relevant to and useful for the work they do. By stressing the symbiotic relationship between Yale and New Haven, these teach-ins encourage students to view community work not only as acts of service, but also as mutually-enriching experiences that will help to mold them into tomorrow's leaders. The informal recognition series structure of this program is designed to help to increase awareness of the Hall among community leaders and reward these dedicated community members for their efforts in a more meaningful way than any one-time award ceremony could.