Developed by Dwight Hall at Yale | Center for Public Service and Social Justice and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY), the Neighbor in Residence (NiR) Program is a paid, semester-long fellowship for New Haven residents, change-makers, and leaders with lived experience to engage, educate, and grow within the Yale community.


Selected fellows will work alongside Dwight Hall at Yale and Tsai CITY to advance social justice and service in New Haven. During the program, fellows will focus on their own unique project and provide mentorship to students launching social justice initiatives. By the program’s end, NiR’s will have a clear path to continuing their impactful community work and be better connected into the Yale community. Through the program, fellows will gain access to a variety of Yale resources to catalyze their work in the community while uplifting the structures, histories, institutions, and traditions that make up New Haven. Applications and nominations are now open for the 2019 program.


Ideal candidates will bring:

  • Substantial experience in and a deep understanding of New Haven (its neighborhoods, the nonprofit/social enterprise sector, and the socio-politics of the area)

  • Prior or current participation in a leadership role in the New Haven community: this could be through community organizations; social enterprises; Neighborhood Watch, parent-teacher organizations, religious groups, etc.

  • A minimum of 10 consecutive years as a New Haven resident

  • Initiative and self-motivation

  • Strong sense of humor


NiRs will receive:

  • $500 to support a project in their community

  • $1500 personal stipend

  • Participation in the Social Innovation Lab at Dwight Hall to access development support and mentorship for their community work

  • Access to Yale resources, including the support of staff time from Dwight Hall and Tsai CITY


The program will run from February to May 2019. NiRs will commit to: hold at least one office hour session each week (approximately two hours each session) with Yale students, faculty, or staff as they seek to make strong connections in the New Haven community; co-create and support the delivery of Tsai CITY’s Knowledge Equity Intensive, a program to help students learn about the value of lived expertise for innovation, entrepreneurship, positive social change, and creating effective collaborations (approximately two hours per session on five Tuesdays, 5-7pm); and support other New Haven residents in accessing opportunities, resources, and events within the university.


Kimberly Hart has worked on organizing New Haven residents who are living in poverty and their allies to create public awareness of the need for affordable housing, including launching a media campaign to allow residents to share stories and solutions with community leaders, elected officials, and landlords.

Paul Bryant Hudson started New Haven’s chapter of Sofar Sounds, a global community for artists and audiences to come together in unique and welcoming spaces — with an added element of surprise — to share, discover, create and, hopefully, make a friend or find their new favorite band along the way.

Beatrice Codianni founded SWAN, a grassroots organization working to end violence against sex workers. Their work is rooted in harm reduction, prison abolition, and dignity for all. Their mission is devoted to the protection of the rights of sex workers in New Haven and to the delivery of services to such persons.

Read more about the 2018 program here.


Want to learn more about the program and how to apply? Join us for a community dinner on January 10!

Applications and nominations are due at 11:59pm on January 17, 2019. For questions about the program, please contact Marquita Taylor.