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The Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship Program has provided funding for nearly 500 Yale students since 1968 to spend their summers in New Haven pursuing a self-designed service project under the auspices of a community agency. In 2006, Dwight Hall funded the proposals of five students, who are continuing to distinguish themselves as civic leaders.




L to R, Front: Emma Barber, Polly Mygatt
Back: David Tian, Amy Zwanziger, Danielle K. Smith, Lee Hiromoto



Emma Barber ‘06

Emma graduated in May 2006 with a degree in Biology and is from Chicago, IL. Emma assisted Yale health sciences students in the founding and operation of the HAVEN Free Clinic. HAVEN Free Clinic operates on Saturdays in the Fair Haven neighborhood. Emma helped patients to secure social services while also promoting nutrition within the neighborhood. She also trained Durham high school students to serve as peer health educators on the topic of HIV/AIDS. Since completing her fellowship, Emma has continued her work with HAVEN as a student at Yale Medical School, serving as an Associate Director on the HAVEN 2007-2008 Board.



Polly Mygatt '07

Polly is an American Studies and International Studies major from Rosemont, PA. Polly worked at Community Mediation, Inc. (CM), the oldest community-based mediation program in Connecticut. Polly worked specifically on public relations and logistics for the Dialogue Project. Founded in 1997, the Dialogue Project has brought more than 2,000 people from over 100 organizations together to address discrimination within the New Haven community. After graduating in May 2007, Polly began work as a communications consultant at a firm that has business and non-profit clients.



Danielle K. Smith '06

Danielle graduated in May 2006 and is from Waterbury, CT. Danielle worked at the Urban Resource Initiative, whose mission is to foster community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education, and advance the practice of urban forestry. Her project included promoting environmental education in New Haven schools, coordinating activities at local “Greenspaces,” and grant writing. Danielle is now working full-time as a Development and Communications Associate at ConnCAN.



David Tian '07

David is from Evans, GA, and majored in Biology. As a fellow, David worked at the Hill Health Center. His project entailed increasing cooperation between local social service providers as well as raising awareness of available services within New Haven’s homeless populations. David has chosen to continue to pursue both advocacy and medicine. He has accepted an offer of admission from Harvard Medical School, but has deferred study for one year to serve as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow.



Amy Zwanziger '09

Amy is from West Newton, MA. Amy founded and directed the Summer Buds program. Summer Buds brought 30 middle school students from New Haven public schools onto Yale’s campus during Summer 2006, where the kids worked one-on-one with Yale volunteers to improve their reading skills. Summer Buds was run through the support of New Haven Reads Book Bank and the Slifka Center for Jewish Life. Amy has continued her involvement with Dwight Hall beyond the fellowship, serving on the 2007 Executive Committee of Dwight Hall as the Freshman Outreach Coordinator. Summer Buds has continued under the direction of Michele Trickey.



Lee Hiromoto '06

Lee graduated in May with a degree in Portuguese and is from Wahiawa, HI. Lee was the Coordinator of the 2006 Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship. His past service with Dwight Hall includes youth mentorship at Wilbur Cross High School through Youth Together and participating in the Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship Program at the City of New Haven’s Department of Traffic and Parking. After finishing his work as coordinator, Lee studied for one year at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Mount Scopus on a Rotary Scholarship, and he has returned to Israel to work for an organization that develops friendships between Israeli and Palestinian children.



The Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship Program 2006 is made possible by the generosity of donors including the New Alliance Foundation, the Yale Club of New Haven, and the Yale Class of 1957. The Yale Class of 1957 fellowships are in memory of Frank Mongillo and Howie Gillis.

Learn about the 2007 fellows and their projects.