Welcome

FOCUS on New Haven

Welcome, first-years, sophomores, transfer students, and Eli Whitney students! We’re so excited to meet you this August!

FOCUS on New Haven is a pre-orientation program for first-years and a re-orientation program for sophomores, transfers, and Eli Whitney Students interested in learning about community engagement, social justice, and activism. Participants spend six days volunteering at local non-profits, meeting local change-makers, and participating in discussions about how systems of oppression play out in the context of the relationship between Yale and New Haven. Students live on Old Campus and explore New Haven’s diverse neighborhoods, delicious restaurants, and unique culture while forming close friendships within their FOCUS families (groups of 8-10 participants led by 2 trained student leaders). FOCUS encourages students to think about ways in which they can better understand and have a sustainable impact on the city Yale calls home.

It is important to note that the first-year program is separate from the sophomore, transfer, and Eli Whitney program, but that the two run parallel to each other. The two concurrent programs have different themes and are framed specifically for these different populations with distinct perspectives on Yale and New Haven.

Poke around our website for more information. The application to participate will be opening May 1st, 2019. If you have any questions, please email Calvin Jahnke at focus@dwighthall.org or call/text him at 920-574-5674. Thank you!

  • FOCUS will run from midday on Saturday, August 17 to the morning of Friday, August 23, 2019
  • Participant applications for the 2019 FOCUS program will open May 1st, 2019
  • Applicants requesting financial aid to cover the cost of the program fee: please email marquita.taylor@yale.edu