Peer Liaisons

La Casa is one of the campus spaces that has Peer Liaisons (PLs), upper-level students at Yale College who help connect first-years to the wealth of support and programming based in our center, as well as in collaboration with other offices. Each PL program is structured a little differently, but all are designed to help first-years feel supported and integrated into the Yale College community. You can learn more about Yale College’s Peer Liaisons program by clicking here.

Be on the lookout for updated bios and photos of our growing 2024-2025 team!

Karla Perdomo Nuñez (Ezra Stiles ‘26)

Co-Head Peer Liaison

Pronouns: she/her

Hola todos! My name is Karla (she/ella) and I am a junior in Ezra Stiles majoring in Global Affairs. I was born in the Dominican Republic, moved away when I was 4, lived in Florida, and then in New Jersey, where I have lived since. Besides academics, I am the co-president of DSA, a writer for the Yale Undergraduate Human Rights Journal, YIRA member, and an interpreter for the Legal Services Clinic at YLS. I also volunteer translating services for the New Haven Legal Aid Association. In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends, knitting, and recently have taken up crocheting, as well as watching some of my favorite movies like the Fast and Furious series. My favorite season at Yale is definitely the spring, when everyone brings out their blanket and cross-campus becomes a social space, (Yalies thrive in the sun!) I am so excited to meet all of you and be a resource for you all this year!!

Seung Min Baik Kang (Branford ‘26) 

Co-Head Peer Liaison

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hi everyone! My name is Seung Min and I’m junior majoring in Economics and History (on the Latin America specialization). I am an international student born and raised in Guatemala although both my parents are South Korean. On campus, I sing with the Yale Glee Club (Yale’s principal undergraduate chorus), play piano at the School of Music, and do research at the Economics and Sociology departments. I am an avid runner and love exploring different restaurants and coffee shops in New Haven. I am beyond thrilled to be one of the Co-Head PLs this school year; please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, comments, concerns!

Jonathan Balderas (Grace Hopper ‘25)

Pronouns: they/them

Hello y’all! My name is Jonathan and I am a senior in Grace Hopper studying Ethnicity, Race, and Migration & History. I am from Wichita, Kansas and Hidalgo, Mexico. Right now, I am researching radical political imaginaries of among Mexican industrial workers in the Midwest through the Mellon Mays Fellowship. I love to play the violin in Mariachi de Yale and organize through Mecha and Students Unite Now. You can find me wandering around New Haven’s parks, writing poetry, or sharing a meal with my friends. I’m looking forward to being in community with you all! See you around!

Rosa Anderson Barrera (Pierson ‘25) 

Pronouns: she/her

Holis! My name is Rosa (she/ella) and I’m a senior in Pierson College with roots in Guatemala. While I was born in Los Angeles and lived in PR, I grew up and have most of my memories in Chattanooga, TN (gig city baby!). I’m in Latin American Studies and Political Science Major, and I’m preparing to write my senior thesis on indigenous struggles for land reclamation in Latin America. On campus, you can find me taking loooong night walks up science hill, helping coordinate service opportunities with Dwight Hall, and organizing with Mecha and ULA. I also love pilgrimages up to the Yale Farm, eating fruit, and sunbathing. See you soon <3

Ethan Estrada (Pauli Murray ‘25)

Pronouns: any pronouns 

Hiiiii y’all! My name is Ethan Estrada, and I’m a mexican-american from Austin, Texas — specifically the Eastside — studying Ethnicity, Race, & Migration and Education Studies. Some of my academic interests include Latinx poetry and poetics, media aesthetics, and critical geography studies. This coming year, I’ll be a senior (ahhhh)! Some of my favorite things I’ve done here at Yale include being co-mod of De Colores, historian of Mecha, editor-in-chief of Broad Recognition; and a student coordinator at La Casa. Two of my passions are writing (and reading) poetry and making photos (long live analog!). Some of my other loves include spending time with friends and family, listening to lots of music (and watching lots of movies), rivers, and trees. So excited to be in community with y’all!

Benjamin Sanchez Pla (Pauli Murray ‘26)

Pronouns: he/him

Hi everyone! My name is Benjamin Sanchez Pla, and I am a junior studying Political Science with a certificate in Spanish. I am also a proud member of Pauli Murray College. On campus, I serve as a Yale College Council Senator, Pauli Murray College Aide, and am actively involved in Yale Model United Nations. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and both my parents are Cuban, which has shaped my interest in human rights, migration, diplomacy, and international relations. Outside of academics, I love skiing, sailing, reading, trying new restaurants, visiting museums and art galleries, and traveling. This past summer, I interned with a bipartisan lobbying firm in Washington, DC, gaining experience in political advocacy and legislative processes. Some of my favorite music artists are Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers, and Mt. Joy. I am excited to be serving as a Peer Liaison this school year and work with La Casa to strengthen our community on campus!

Charlize León Mata (Pauli Murray ‘26)

Pronouns: she/her/ella

My name is Charlize León Mata (she/her/ella) and I am a Junior in Pauli Murray College, majoring in Ethnicity, Race and Migration & History of Science Medicine and Public Health with a Spanish Certificate.  I was born and raised in Santiago, Dominican Republic, but moved to Perth Amboy, New Jersey when I was 7 years old. On campus I am a co-founder and co-president of Yale Lawtinas, a Project lead for the Yale Hunger project, the publicity chair for Yale’s premier Latin Dance group Sabrosura, and a Matriculate college fellow. You will always catch me with my digital camera in hand, documenting my friends’ silliest moments or the scenic views around me. I love to bake, play tennis, and am an amateur florist. I am beyond excited to be a peer liaison for La Casa this year. Feel free to reach out to me I can’t wait to meet you!

Vanessa Anaya (Berkeley ‘26)

Pronouns: she/her

Hey Class of 2028! I’m Vanessa Anaya, a Psychology major with certificates in Spanish and Education Studies. Berkeley College is my home, where I serve as Co-President of the college council. Originally from rural Esparto, California, I grew up raising farm animals and playing basketball on donkeys! I’m a research assistant in the Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology lab and am aiming for a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Outside academics, I am the Publicity Chair of Ballet Folklorico and a Peer Mentor for Academic Strategies and FGLI Thrive programs. As your Peer Liaison, I’m excited to help you find your place at Yale. Let’s blast Taylor Swift and Jenni Rivera, host ice cream study breaks, and laugh around campus together. Remember that I am a chronic screenager so I will always be a call or text away to answer any questions <3

Kristen (Kris) St Louis (Grace Hopper ‘26)

Pronouns: she/ella

Hola :) My name is Kris (she/ella), I am a junior in Grace Hopper, and I am Trinidadian-American and Boricua. If there’s any one thing you should know about me, though, it’s that I claim, rep, and will brag to no end about the boogie down Bronx (yes, I know what the orange drink is). I’m an English major interested in creative writing, and am pursuing a few other academic interests, such as a climate change certificate. When I’m not in the classroom, you can find me dancing with the Yale Modern Dance Collective and cackling in the Despierta Boricua room in La Casa. Talk to me about being a Black Latina, the Bronx (duh), environmental and health justice, rom-coms, and my rankings of the best iced chai in NHV!

Cleber Redondo Jr. (Branford ‘26)

Pronouns: he/him

Hey! I’m Cleber Redondo Jr. from Cliffside Park, NJ (right along the Hudson River), and I’m a junior in Branford College double-majoring in Physics and Economics. I love these two fields and the interesting future research and past histories or applications of them. Outside of my majors, I love to read primarily the old classics or newer books on academic interests, like politics, psychology, economics, science, and religion. For years, I’ve also made it a habit of going on super long walks (8+ hours) and thinking introspectively about things. On other days, I love riding my motorcycle (2021 BMW R18 Classic) and exploring the open road in a way that far too few will get to ever appreciate. 

Bella Garcia (Benjamin Franklin ‘26)

Pronouns: she/her

¡Hola! My name is Bella Garcia and I am a junior in Benjamin Franklin majoring in Environmental Studies and pursuing an Energy Studies certificate. I am a very proud Mexican-American from Houston, TX! Outside of class, I am the co-president of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition and co-chair of the Episcopalian Church at Yale and I have done some work with costume designs for Yale productions. In my free time, I love to hang out with my friends, look at nature, and people-watch! I am super excited to be a PL this year and can’t wait to meet everyone, please feel free to reach out for anything!

Jessica Navarro (Branford ‘27)

Pronouns: she/her

Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Navarro and I am a rising sophomore in Branford College majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Education Studies. I am from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, but my family is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. This past year I was involved with Yale Policy Institute’s Education center, volunteered at New Haven Public Schools through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and danced with Ballet Folklorico. Outside of class, I love to do anything arts and crafts (crocheting and embroidering are my favorites!), go on walks, and watch/rewatch shows and movies! I am so excited to be a PL and can’t wait to meet all of you soon! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or simply want someone to talk to!

Paulina Carmona (Branford ‘27)

Pronouns: she/her

Hi everyone! My name is Paulina Carmona and I’m a sophomore in Branford from Riverside, IL, a suburb of Chicago. I’m the proud daughter of Mexican parents from Jalisco and Michoacán! I’m hoping to major in either Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, I still have yet to decide which. Outside of class I’m a part of the Society of Women Engineers and an unofficial member/supporter of CASA. In my free time you can find me playing guitar, strolling around campus listening to music, solving Rubik’s Cubes, or at a concert! I’m super excited to be your PL this upcoming year! Feel free to reach out with any questions or just to chat, see you all soon!

Giselle Gonzalez (Berkeley ‘27)

Pronouns: she/her

Hi everyone! My name is Giselle and I am a sophomore in Berkeley college, planning to major in Biomedical Engineering. I aspire to create medical advancements that can improve healthcare access and resources in Latin America. I am Salvadoran-American, born and raised in San Francisco, CA. On campus, I am a FOCUS leader for camp Yale, a Student Ambassador, a member of SHPE, SWE, and Mecha de Yale. During my free time I enjoy spending time with friends, going on walks, binge-watching TV series, and trying out new food places – including all the different college butteries. I am so excited to be a PL this year and meet all of you!!

Anika Rodriguez (Davenport ‘27)

Pronouns: she/her

Hi, everyone! My name is Anika and I am a sophomore in Davenport intending to double-major in Economics and Psychology, as well as pursue a language certificate for Chinese. Although I call Minneapolis, Minnesota my “hometown” since that’s where I attended high school and where my family currently resides, I was born in southern California where I lived for eight years before moving to upstate New York where I lived for five years. Outside of academics, I love singing with my acapella group, Yale’s Proof of The Pudding, as well as serving on the board of Yale Children’s Theater. I’m thrilled to be a PL with La Casa this year!

Isabel Nuño (Davenport ‘27)

Pronouns: she/her

Hola! My name is Isabel Nuño and I am a Sophomore in Davenport College intending to double major in Global Affairs and Anthropology. I am originally from Adelanto, California and currently live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. On campus I am a FOOT leader, involved in community outreach for De Colores, dance in Ballet Folklórico, and am Co-President / Co-Founder of Casa de Bailes! I am also a part of the Space Policy Research Collaborative (SPRC) under Yale’s Undergraduate Aerospace Association. In my free time I like to cook, dance, and laugh with my friends. Outside of school I enjoy hiking and camping with my family and visiting National Parks. Feel free to reach out if you ever have any questions, I can’t wait to meet all of you!