Collaborative Community Conversation

July 28, 2021

The New Haven Hiring Initiative (NHHI) recently conducted its’ third virtual community conversation sponsored by key partners, the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT),  ELM City Communities, The Greater New Haven NAACP and the Urban League of Southern Connecticut. The Collaborative Community Conversation allowed our partners to share their organization’s platform concerning workforce development and provided participants the opportunity to meet Yale’s New Haven Hiring Initiative team.

Two hundred attendees via zoom were provided with information on the purpose of the NHHI, how to navigate Yale’s application process and our frequently filled jobs. The presentation also highlighted our partnership with New Haven Works. Melissa Mason, Executive Director of New Haven Works, shared their plans for a reopening campaign.

Conducting wide-reaching conversations around the application process supports NHHI’s goal of engaging, educating, and encouraging community members to apply. 

The NHHI would like to thank our sponsors for their partnership:

  • Genevive Walker, CEO & President of ConnCAT
  • LaToya McCrea, Director of community and Economic Development with Elm City Communities
  • Dori Dumas, President of the Greater New Haven NAACP
  • Virginia Spell, Interim President & CEO of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut

Dori DumasEconomic equity, equal opportunity, and easier access to good-paying jobs for our community are extremely important to the Greater New Haven NAACP. We advocate and support efforts to empower and ensure diversity and inclusion. We also support efforts to provide the needed tools, knowledge, and information necessary to achieve successful employment. We believe it is important to remove barriers and to develop sustainable programs and efforts that help to even the playing field. Dori Dumas, President of the Greater New Haven NAACP

LaToya McCreaThe Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program at Elm City Communities/New Haven Housing Authority is designed to connect residents to resources and supportive services, such as education and employment programs and case management coordination services.  The FSS Program helps families seek and maintain living wage employment opportunities (jobs that provide enough income to cover a family’s basic needs) by connecting residents to a variety of opportunities for training and services offered both in house and via community partnerships. LaToya McCrea, Director of community and Economic Development with Elm City Communities