Graduate Assistants

La Casa’s Graduate Assistants (GAs) manage the Latinx Graduate Network (LGN). LGN is La Casa’s initiative to support Latinx students across Yale University’s 13 graduate and professional (G&P) schools. La Casa’s GAs serve as a main point of contact for Latinx/e G&P students, including each respective school’s group that centers Latinx/e student needs. You can learn more about these graduate student groups through our “Students” tab or clicking here.

GAs are also members of La Casa’s leadership team, often collaborating with administrators, Head Peer Liaisons, and Head Student Coordinators to help manage our center-wide programs and support efforts for our various constituents.

Taina Perez

Pronouns: She/Her

Head Graduate Assistant

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!

Sebastián Eddowes Vargas

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Graduate Assistant, Latinx Graduate Network 

Sebastián Eddowes (Lima, Perú). Playwright, director, educator and researcher. He has a BA in Philosophy by the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya and a MA in Hispanic Studies, with a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies, by the University of Illinois at Chicago. His plays have been presented in different cities of Perú, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brasil and England, and have received awards from IberEscena, Latin American Global Voices, Sala de Parto, Microteatro Lima, Municipalidad de Lima, among others. His research focuses on queerness and decoloniality, analyzing the impact of theater, storytelling and culture to produce transformations in society.

Laureano Quant Callejas

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Graduate Assistant, Latinx Graduate Network 

Baritone Laureano Quant has a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of James Morris and is a 2nd-year MMA candidate at Yale University under the guidance of Gerald Martin Moore. Previous credits include Figaro in Mercadante’s I due Figaro, Maguire in Picker’s Emmeline, Zurga in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles, Vittorio/Pensionante in Rota’s I due timidi, Demetrius in Britten’s A midsummer night’s dream and the Captain and Prince Ragotsky in Bernstein’s Candide. 1st-prize winner in Premio de Canto Ciudad de Bogotá in 2018 and 2nd-prize winner in the National Voice Competition in 2016, hosted by Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra. A two-time young artist of the Merola Opera Program (2019-2020), invited to perform the title role in Le nozze di Figaro.