La Casa has two full-time professional staff members that help set the vision of the center, which is heavily influenced by current student needs while honoring the center’s history and legacy. The Director and Associate Director supervise La Casa’s student staff, advise affiliate student organizations, support individual students, manage center operations, host events and programs, engage in collaborations across campus, serve on a variety of committees, and much more.
Eileen M. Galvez
Directora of La Casa Cultural
Eileen Galvez is an Assistant Dean at Yale College and has been Directora of Yale’s La Casa Cultural de Julia de Burgos: the Latine 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.
Associate Director of La Casa Cultural
Carolina joined La Casa and Yale in June 2017 as Assistant Director and was promoted to Associate Director in April 2022. She is a Davenport fellow, sits on a few Yale College committees, and manages certain operations and development opportunities for the Student Engagement unit. From April 2020 until April 2021, she was an Interim Program Manager for Student Organization at Yale College. Carolina 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 a new mami as of July 2021 and currently training to become a certified doula. She is Afro Boricua, a native of Puerto Rico via Boston, and identifies as a first-generation low-income college graduate. Carolina 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.