Peer Liaisons

Lauren Davila (CC ‘18)

Welcome Class of 2020! My name is Lauren Davila and I am a junior in Calhoun College majoring in Political Science. I am Latina of Puerto Rican descent, born in the Bronx and raised in Rockland County, NY. I currently serve as Co-Founder and President of Latina Women at Yale (LWAY), the only women’s group affiliated with the La Casa Cultural Center. Outside of La Casa, I have served as legislative captain for the Yale College Democrats to advance efforts to end sexual assault on college campuses. Additionally, I have served as an executive member of Yale’s Hunger and Homelessness Action Project, with a focus on youth homelessness in New Haven.

This summer I traveled to Israel with the Peace and Leadership Dialogue Initiative to study peace negotiation efforts currently underway between Palestine and Israeli. Subsequently, I took a course on the Socio-Economic and Political History of Modern Spain at the University of León as part of the Summer Institute of Hispanic Studies.

I am incredibly excited to meet you all and please know I am always here to help you throughout your first year in whatever way I can! La Casa has been my home for the past two years and I look forward to welcoming you into the community!

Ale Sofía Padín-Dujon (DC ‘18)

¡Hola, mi gente! My name is Ale Sofía, and I’m a rising junior in Davenport College majoring in Math & Philosophy and Modern Middle East Studies. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, I am a proud Afro-Caribbean of mixed Boricua (Puerto Rican) and West Indian descent. When I’m not devouring postcolonial theory or chatting with friends in the dining hall about Spinozistic theology, Arabic grammar, and British imperial art, I’m writing feverishly for DOWN Magazine—Yale’s only publication by and for students of color, where I’m the new Editor-in-Chief. (Check us out! Shameless plug!) I serve on the Student Advisory Board for the new Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM), and on the Despierta Boricua E-Board. I’m also a Spanish-language medical interpreter at the HAVEN Free Clinic in Fair Haven, an Arabic tutor at the Center for Language Study, a Human Rights Scholar, and a Director’s Fellow at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS). Look for me dancing around campus with my earbuds in to reggaeton, zouk, and dancehall. We’re family now. I’m never too busy for coffee, Insomnia cookies, or just a good chat!