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.

Alán Balboa-de la Fuente (Davenport ‘24)

Head Peer Liaison

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¡Hola a todxs! My name is Alán Balboa-de la Fuente (he/him), a rising junior at Davenport College majoring in psychology and serving as La Casa’s Co-Head Peer Liaison this year. Although born in the United States, I was raised in Mexico before moving to a small southern town called Weslaco, Texas, at age six. I am currently exploring the acapella scene on campus, interested in performing for ¡Oye!, Yale’s Latinx spoken word club, and enjoy serving on Yale Students for Christ’s worship team—feel free to ask me about any of these. Besides that, I spend way too much money on skincare, am obsessed with Olivia Rodrigo, and can make a pretty mean flan. I am beyond excited to work alongside the other Peer Liaisons to address the needs and wants of the upcoming first-year class.

Hannah Foley (Trumbull ‘24)

Head Peer Liaison

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hi everyone!! My name is Hannah (she/her/hers) and I’m a rising junior in Trumbull College from Los Angeles, with roots in Guadalajara, Mexico. I am a double major in history and art, with a concentration in photography. I’m originally from the Class of 2023, but took a gap year during the 2020-2021 school year and spent my time working with the Urban Resources Initiative as both an outreach coordinator for the New Haven Botanical Garden of Healing and a GreenSkills Supervisor supporting New Haven high-school students pursuing environmental justice projects in the city. During the school year, you can find me chasing a shuttle bus to the intramural fields, bopping to early 2000s pop music with friends, playing goalkeeper for the Women’s Club Soccer Team, or volunteering at HAVEN Free Clinic. I love hiking, skateboarding, watching Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, playing and watching soccer, and adding hot sauce to pretty much anything I eat. While I can’t parallel park, I can talk for hours about anything from music recs (love The Strokes, Outkast, Los Retros, Al Green, Mac Demarco) to why a hot dog is a sandwich. I am so so excited to meet all of you, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Zully Arias (Silliman ‘23)

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Hi everyone! I’m Zully and I’m a senior in Silliman majoring in Statistics & Data Science. I’m originally from Lyndhurst, New Jersey, a small town not too far from NYC, but my family is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Besides being a PL, I’m also an Academic Strategies Mentor and previously served as a Production & Design editor for the Yale Daily News, a camp counselor for Camp Kesem, and an advising fellow for Matriculate. In my free time, I like solving jigsaw & sudoku puzzles, watching reality TV shows, going to concerts, and beating my friends in card games. I’m super excited to be a part of the PL team!

Ester Dominguez (Davenport ‘24)

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Hi everyone! My name is Esther Dominguez (she/ella). I’m a junior in Davenport College majoring in History & Political Science. I’m originally from Miami, FL, and my family has roots in Cuba. Outside of the classroom, I’m involved in community service on campus, including the Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association, where I serve as External President, and the Yale Interpretation Network, where I serve as Outreach Director and often volunteer as a Spanish interpreter and translator. When I’m not working (or when I’m procrastinating on my work), I love listening to Bad Bunny with my friends, enjoying coffee on cross campus (my favorite New Haven spot is Jitter Bus!), exploring more of New Haven’s amazing food scene, and going on long walks with friends. I can’t wait to meet the incoming Yale Latinx community! You can reach out to me at esther.dominguez@yale.edu.

Lily Peréz (Branford ‘24)

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My name is Lily Pérez and I’m a junior in Branford from Washington, DC. I’m a Theater and Performance Studies major (which means I frequently field questions about why I took Directed Studies my first year). I spend most of my time performing in and producing theater on campus, a lifestyle sustained by Yale Hospitality Magic Bars and GCal culture. Outside of Yale, I love planning road-trips, playing softball, and puzzles!

Mayerling Colin (Silliman ‘24)

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¡Hola Amigxs! My name is Mayerling Colin (she/her/ella) and I am a junior in Silliman College majoring in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health on the pre-med track. When I am not at Yale, I call San Diego home. My family comes from a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City called Atlacomulco, where I lived for the first four years of my life. On campus, I spend my time volunteering with HAVEN Free Clinic as a Spanish-English medical interpreter, engaging in social activism and social justice movements through MEChA, and guiding first-generation, low-income high school seniors through the college application process as an Advising Fellow for Matriculate. I also form a part of the Science, Technology, and Research Scholars (STARS) community tailored for underrepresented groups in STEM and am a research assistant at a neuroscience lab where I am exploring the intersection of intergenerational trauma and child neurodevelopment. In my free time, I love to dance cumbia with friends and family, stroll through museums, read a good book by the beach, and sip on coconut lattes. I am so excited to meet you all! Please feel free to reach out if you want to chat about anything and everything!

 Kim Wenceslao (Berkeley ‘24)

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Buenas buenas! My name is Kimberly Wenceslao and I am a senior in Berkeley studying Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. I’m from Southeast LA, born and raised, and my family is from a small rancho en las sierras de Jalisco, MX. I am a first-generation, low-income scholar and -like many of us- my identity has influenced a lot of my interests at Yale, both academic and extracurricular. During my time on campus, I have been involved with MEChA, Ballet Folklorico, the Questbridge fam, and other Dwight Hall affiliated groups, but you can mainly find me translating for different legal orgs outside of my time PLing w y’all. Originally from the Class of 2022, I spent the year after my firstyear back home working at an immigration law firm, so if anyone ever wants to talk gap years, pre-law, or missing the westcoast sun, I’m here! All of that being said though, in true Taurus fashion, my TRUE Yale expertise falls in the best food and chill spots on campus (as well as the best shows to watch while you do both), so most definitely hit me up for birria reccs as I promise you I have tried just about every food truck New Haven has to offer. Outside of Yale, I love hiking, catching partidos, listening to music, and really doing just about anything that reminds me of home, so let me know if y’all want these Banda Recoditos+Vince Staples mashup playlists. I’m so excited to meet all of you, and please know that whatever the question, conversation, or vibe is, I’m down and here for whatever you need!

Daisy Sanchez (Trumbull ‘24)

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Hi, friends! My name is Daisy (she/ella) and I’m a junior in Trumbull College, majoring in History of Science, Medicine, & Public Health. I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, but my family comes from Guanajuato, Mexico so I’m incredibly proud to consider it my second home. Outside of classes I’m involved with MEChA, MedSci, and Girls on the Run, serving as a student instructor and student coach for the last two, respectively. I’m also a behavioral health volunteer at the HAVEN Free Clinic and am involved in research studying the effects of early life stress in mice. One last thing: I’ll also be an Academic Strategies Peer Mentor this year! In my free time, I love spending time with my furry friends (Lucy, Chopis, and Coco—yes, I’m a dog person), reading tarot cards, and watching telenovelas. At Yale, you can find me looking for new study spots with tons of natural light, almost passing out as I go up Science Hill, or hanging out with friends on Cross Campus. I can’t wait to meet all of you and am so excited to see what this year holds!

Manuel Perez (Pierson ‘24)

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Hola everyone! My name is Manuel Perez (he/him) and I’m a junior in Pierson. I’m originally from the Dominican Republic but call New York City my home. At Yale, I study neuroscience and have broad interests in medicine, epidemiology, and genetics. Outside of classes, you can find me participating in the Dominican Student Association, the Yale Tutoring Initiative, Mourning our Losses, Yale Model United Nations, and The Co-op. I also do lab work at the Reilly Lab, a genetics lab at the Yale School of Medicine. I love to thrift, curate playlists, take care of my plants, sightsee and go on walks (so if you need any NYC thrift store recommendations or have a new artist you’ve been itching to share, please hit me up!). I look forward to meeting you all!

Sofia Godoy (Saybrook ‘24)

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Hola amigxs! My name is Sofia (she/her) and I’m a Junior in Saybrook College from South Florida, though my family is originally from Celaya, Mexico. In terms of academics, I’m planning to double-major in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration as well as Political Science, and I’m also pursuing certificates in French and Human Rights. I’m originally from the Class of 2023, but I took a leave of absence last year and spent my time organizing on a Congressional campaign and interning on Capitol Hill and with my state legislature. On campus, I serve on the board of Sube, Yale’s Latinx pre-professional association, and am involved with the Yale International Relations Association (YIRA). I also work as a College Aide with Saybrook. In my free time, I enjoy trying new coffee shops, playing Scrabble and other word-related board games, listening to music (and obsessively crafting Spotify playlists for every mood and occasion), learning languages, and going for runs outside. I would love to chat about any of these things or honestly anything else, so please feel free to reach out! So excited to meet you!

Rosa Anderson Barrera (Pierson ‘25)

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Rosa Anderson Barrera (she/her) is a sophomore in Pierson College hoping to major in Political Science. She hails from Chattanooga, TN with roots in Guatemala. During the school year, you can find Rosa volunteering at Dwight Hall, in the MEChA room with her fellow members, or taking LONG walks around Yale campus.

Jesus Ramos (Davenport ‘25)

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¡Hola amigxs! My name is Jesus Ramos (he/him/él) and I am a sophomore in Davenport College majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (with a potential double major in Political Science) on the pre-law track. Oxnard, California is the dear place I call home and I proudly identify as Mexican-American. On campus, I am involved as a community coordinator and advising fellow for Matriculate, an organization that works with first-generation and/or low-income students like myself. I am also working as a Davenport College Office Aide and actively involved in MEChA. Academics aside, I love to socialize, binge watch Netflix (+anime), and I am a big coffee fan (Koffee so far is the best but it is a bit of a walk). A quick fun fact about me is that I have 4 dogs and 1 cat at home, I am a huge animal lover!!! I am super excited to meet each and every one of you :D Please feel free to reach out if you want to have a quick chat about anything!

Sita Kottilil (Davenport ‘25)

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Sita Kottilil (she/her) is a sophomore in Davenport College studying Political Science and on the Pre-Med track! She comes from Bethesda, Maryland (very close to DC, but not quite!) and has Venezuelan descent. Outside of classes, she loves her job working as a College Aide at the amazing Davenport College office, advocating for Yale Students for Sensible Drug Policy, competing with the Yale Ethics Bowl team, and working backstage on as many theater productions on campus as she can! In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, critiquing movies and TV shows, and listening to new music. She is so excited to be a PL this year, and please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Rebecca Sosa-Coba (Pauli Murray ‘25)

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Hello everyone! My name is Rebecca (she/her) and I am super excited to be a PL for La Casa. I was born in New York and raised in New Jersey, but my family is from Quito, Ecuador. I am a sophomore in Pauli Murray, majoring in Cognitive Science. In my free time, I love rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender, listening to music, and painting. You can also find me baking desserts and cooking traditional Ecuadorian dishes. I’m here to talk about anything and am always down to grab boba or coffee! See you soon :)