Directora and Staff

Administrative Staff

Eileen M. Galvez

Directora of La Casa Cultural 

(Pronouns: She/Her/Hers/Ella)

Eileen Galvez is an Assistant Dean at Yale College and has been Directora of Yale’s La Casa Cultural de Julia de Burgos: the Latinx Cultural Center since 2015. She is Salvadoran American, making her the first Central American director of La Casa. She is a first-generation college graduate, and grew up low-income in South Central Los Angeles. For the past ten years she has worked at various higher education institutions, working with and for marginalized student groups. She is a scholar-practitioner, currently working on her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership through Colorado State University. In addition, she serves on the Association for the Study of Higher Education Board. Her scholarly work aims to center the experiences of U.S. Central Americans in higher education and explores their racial and ethnic identity development. Eileen holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.Ed. in Counseling & Guidance from Texas State University. 

Carolina Dávila 

Assistant Director of La Casa Cultural

(Pronouns: She/Her/Hers/Ella)

Carolina joined La Casa and Yale in 2017, sits on a few Yale College committees, and is a Davenport fellow. She is involved with professional organizations such as NASPA and ACPA, focusing her engagement in equity- and identity-based opportunities. Prior to Yale, Carolina was a Residence Hall Director at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in Storrs, CT. 

Carolina is Afro-Latina, a native of Puerto Rico via Boston, and identifies as a first-generation low-income college graduate. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Graduate Assistants 

Taina Perez

Graduate Assistant (Pronouns: She/Her)

Hola todxs! My name is Taína (named after the Taínos :)) and I hail from the boogie down Bronx, NY. I am a proud daughter of two immigrant parents. My father is from the Dominican Republic and my mother is from Mexico, therefore, making me an interesting mix - aka a mangu taco. I’m currently pursuing my Masters of Environmental Management at the Yale School of the Environment. A fun fact about myself is that I love traveling (profile pic was taken in Morocco) and eating. A life goal of mine is to visit at least 60 countries and I am a huge fan of trying new restaurants. During quarantine, I spent most of my time reading, expanding my playlists, and dancing. Down to talk about anything from skin care to environmental justice to indigenous self-determination so just lmk what’s up. I look forward to being part of La Casa familia and uplighting the Latinx community in any capacity at Yale!

Fernando Rojas

Graduate Assistant (Pronouns: He/Him/His)

Hi! My name is Fernando Rojas, and I am a Yale College alum (ES ’19) and serving as a Graduate Assistant for La Casa. As an undergraduate, I was the recipient of the Mellon Mays Fellowship and Beinecke Scholarship. I researched the history of Mexico during the Cold War as well as Latinx immigration in the United States. After college, I completed an MPhil in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge scholar. I am very happy to return to New Haven to start a JD at Yale Law school. I am honored to serve La Casa’s various communities alongside a team of brilliant and caring people! I am always looking for ways (old and new) to bring our different communities together. This academic year’s set of challenges invites us to turn to one another for companionship, care, and joy. I am grateful for the community La Casa has provided me and look forward to expanding and nurturing that community as a Graduate Assistant.

Student Coordinators

Moises Cosme

Head Student Coordinator

Morse ‘22

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hola! My name is Moises and I am a junior in Morse College (he/him/his). I am a Boricua from New Jersey and if there’s anything I really like, it’s LAUGHING! I like being silly/goofy and spreading laughter, happiness, and joy.

Sonja Malek

Student Coordinator

Davenport ‘22

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hey hey! My name is Sonja and I’m a junior majoring in environmental engineering. I call the suburbs of Chicago home, as do my six other siblings, my parents, and our dog, cat and parrot (nope, they don’t all get along). I’m in Davenport and live(d) for intramural volleyball, ping pong, and bowling, and I also spent way too much time in the buttery this past year. I’m on the board for Despierta Boricua as well as for Engineers Without Borders, and I’ve also worked in both entrepreneurship and accessibility at Yale with Tsai CITY and the Resource Office on Disabilities/Yale IT respectively. I love to talk about sustainability, thrifting strategy, and cooking, and I first fell in love with coffee on a (Yale-funded) trip to Puerto Rico last year. I tend to be an introvert, but if you catch me one-on-one I’d gladly talk your ear off about any of the above. My favorite emoji is :,) which may convey either ‘happy tears’ or ‘smiling through the pain’; it’s generally an even toss-up. If I see you on campus while rocking a mask, just know that if my eyes are closed it probably means I’m smiling!

Valeria Bula

Student Coordinator

Berkeley ‘23 

Pronouns: She/Her/hers

¿Quiubo? My name is Valeria and I’m a sophomore in Berkeley College (objectively not the best college). I am majoring in Ethnicity, Race, & Migration. I was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, (yes I can make some gas arepas) and raised in the great city of Hialeah, Florida (if you haven’t heard of it that’s honestly your loss). I’m an avid member of the Yale Interpreter Network, which allows me frequent at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association and assist in asylum proceedings. I spent my last summer working to assist New Haven’s Latinx undocumented community with Junta for Progressive Action, and intend to devote the bulk of my remaining time at Yale to relief help and organizing. During quarantine I’ve become a mediocre skater, engaged with far more radical texts, and mastered making banana bread. I have strong opinions on coming of age movies, and I am a go-to for subpar indie music recommendations.

Henry Rodesno-Hercules

Student Coordinator

Silliman ‘23

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hola hola! I am Henry, I am from Baltimore, MD, but both of my parents are from Honduras! I am currently thinking of majoring in Chemical Engineering, and am a part of multiple FGLI groups on campus. I really enjoyed playing IMs particularly ping pong and soccer, but whenever Silliman needed me I was happy to try a new one. When we return you can probably catch sight of me skating around campus with my headphones bumpin. I love R&B and reggaeton so please give me recomendations. If any of that intrests you feel free to reach out and I can’t wait to see you all!

Celia Cacho

Student Coordinator

Branford ‘22

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hey, y’all! My name is Celia Cacho(she/her/hers), and I am a Junior in Branford majoring in MCDB. I am an Afro- Latina born and raised in The Bronx. My parents are both immigrants from Honduras, and my family is Garifuna (a group of black indigenous people with origins in Central America). On-campus, I am a part of many clubs that celebrate both my Black and Latinx identities. I am co-President of Steppin’ Out and a member of Dzana, an Afro-beats dance team. I am also a member of Sube, which is a Latinx professional development club and Central Americans for Empowerment at Yale. I have a love for languages and am working on perfecting my Spanish while also picking up a little Italian and some more Garifuna! In my free time, I like to read books and pick up random skills (right now I am learning how to roller skate)!! I am a PRO binge-watcher so please recommend me shows. Finally, a cool fact about me is that my oldest and youngest siblings are 22 years apart in age. If you ever want to talk about school, family, roller skating ANYTHING, please feel free to reach out!!

Leslie Espinosa

Student Coordinator

Grace Hopper ‘22

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hey y’all! My name is Leslie and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I’m from Houston, Texas and a proud Mexican with both of my parents from Guanajuato. I enjoy Spotify playlists and watch too many cooking videos for a person that can’t cook. As a junior in Grace Hopper College I study computer science with an interest in User Experience and Web Development but love to take courses on film. Working with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, we create an encouraging environment for students in the STEM field to decompress and support each other. On my free time, I love to stay caffeinated, go on runs, play guitar, and watch 80’s horror films. Send me any song or movie/show recommendations!

Karla Camacho

Student Coordinator

Trumbull ‘23

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hola y’all! My name is Karla, I use she/her/hers pronouns, and I am a sophomore in Trumbull College. I call both Matamoros, Tamaulipas and Brownsville, Texas my home (PURO 956!). I have not declared a major, but I’m interested in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Political Science, and Education Studies. My first year at Yale I was part of MEChA, I danced in Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale, and I *love* basketball so I played intramural basketball or shot around at the gym every now and then. While not doing readings or writing papers, I love running, jamming out to old pop in Spanish and 80s rock/pop, playing videogames, or just hanging out with friends (via video call, socially distancing, of course). I’m also a fan of ice cream, documentaries, food (if you’re in New Haven, there is some DELICIOUS food, check out Basil, Salsa’s, and the long wharf food trucks), and sitting outside enjoying the wind and some natural light!

Beka Cabrera

Student Coordinator

Trumbull ‘24

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

¡Holaaa! Me llamo Rebeka, but you can call me Beka or Bekita. :) I’m a first-year student, enrolled remotely, and I’m so excited to get involved with La Casa and the Yale community at large! Soy boricua y mexicana, coming to you from Brooklyn, New York! I’m interested in the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration major, and I hope to explore many other academic interests. I love dancing, especially salsa, so I’m super excited to be one of Sabrosura’s taps this year! Outside of Yale, I work at Prep for Prep as an advisor to the middle school students in the program. I also love to write poetry and eat Mexican and Puerto Rican food. While I’m not a pro in la cocina yet, I know a good flauta, pernil, torta, arrocito con gandules, or slice of tres leches when I taste it! Lately, I’ve been really into Avatar: The Last Airbender, Janelle Monáe, and tweeting ALL of my thoughts. Please reach out to chat—I loveee talking and am pretty chistosa (according to myself). I can’t wait to get to know everybody!

Giuliana Duron

Student Coordinator

Jonathan Edawards ‘24

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

hola/oi/hi! My name is Giuliana (she/her/hers) and I am a first year in Jonathan Edwards looking to major in EP&E and Data Science & Statistics. A little bit about me… I grew up (for most of my life) in small town in California name Temecula. My dad is Mexican-American and my mom is a very proud Brazilian so my house is in constant flux with Spanish/Portuguese/English being thrown all about. When I was younger I lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and half of family is still there. I’m an ex cross county runner (worst decision I ever made) and competitive dancer. Now I’ve channeled all my decent dance skills into musical theatre and I did dance core for Sweet Charity at my high school (my complete and utter lack of singing ability however holds back my drama kid dreams). I’m absolutely addicted to black coffee and can NOT go a day without it. My room is filled with an absurd amount of books and I’m guilty of buying more before finishing the ones I have :0 I have an irrational fear of spiders and open spaces. This year I am really excited to get involved with the Policy Lab at Yale and the Undergraduate Prison Project. In high school I did research on Mass Incarceration’s impact on public health within Southern California and I hope to continue that research. Some of my favorite artists are Nao, Mahalia, Snoh Aalegra, Sampha, Pip Millet, Ryan Beatty, Jack Johnson, Marisa Monte, and Adriana Calcanhotto. My favorite shows are ELITE and Coisa Mais Linda. I am looking forward to an exciting (and incredibly innovative) year :)!

Jean Tobar

Student Coordinator

Branford ‘24

Pronouns: he/him/él

Hola/olá everyone! My name is Jean and I’m a first-year in Branford hoping to major in ER&M or Spanish. I’ve lived in the Bronx, New York for almost my entire life but I’m originally from Cali, Colombia. Thanks to both of these places, I love dancing salsa music, reading Latin American/Latinx literature, and familiarizing myself with different ways of saying “arroz con fríjoles” (o habichuelas)? In high school, I was an Art History intern at the Metropolitan Museum, flipped pizzas, and a mediocre participant in Martial Arts. This semester, while enrolled remotely, I’ll be volunteering with team AOC and making guacamole. Although I won’t be at Yale until next year, I’m excited to get to know you all as much as Zoom permits!

Rashel Chipi

Student Coordinator

Trumbull ‘24

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hola! My name is Rashel Chipi (she/her/ella) and I am a first-year at Yale. I am majoring in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health and am on the pre-med track. I’m originally from Miami, FL and am a proud Cubana! At Yale, I am a writer and editor for the student-run publications Symposia and YURJ and a member of the STARS1 program. My general interests include watching stand-up comedy (I would love to have a conversation about this), watching the Joe Rogan podcast, reading, dancing, and eating delicious food!

Back to top