Dwight Hall names Shirley Sagawa as 2012 Distinguished Mentor

Dwight Hall at Yale will present the 2012 Curran Distinguished Mentor Award on Thursday, Nov. 8, to Shirley Sagawa, co-founder of Sagawa/Jospin Consulting Firm and a “Woman to Watch in the 21st Century,” according to Newsweek magazine.

A national expert on children’s policy and philanthropy, she has been called a “founding mother of the modern service movement” in the United States. Working Mother magazine named Sagawa one of the “Most Influential Working Mothers in America.”  She is currently a fellow in the Center for American Progress.

The Curran Distinguished Mentor program was endowed by William Curran ’49 in memory of his wife, Jane, to “provide students access to role models who embody Dwight Hall’s mission in their professional lives.” Previous Distinguished Mentors include Kurt Schmoke, Frances Beinecke, John E. Pepper, Jr., and Kevin Salwen.

Events on Nov. 8 will include a community organization breakfast and talk at 8:30 a.m., and the award presentation (open to Yale students only) at 4 p.m. in Dwight Hall Chapel, 67 High St. 

For more information, visit the Dwight Hall at Yale website. Call 203-432-2428 or email maura.kelly@yale.edu to register for the breakfast.