Student Coordinators

La Casa’s Student Coordinators (SCs) are here to serve any and all constituents of La Casa. SCs are the main staff that maintain our physical center when we are open. Additionally, SCs coordinate and host events, create passive programs, make connections, share resources, and engage in collaborations with other offices. 

2021-2022 team:

Moises Cosme

Head Student Coordinator

Morse ‘22

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hola! My name is Moises Cosme and I am a senior in Morse College double majoring in Anthropology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. I’m Puerto Rican AND from New Jersey, the perfect combo! I am SO excited to be welcoming everyone back to the center on 301 Crown St, a place we Yalie Latinxs know as home.

Leslie Espinosa

Head Student Coordinator

Grace Hopper ‘22

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hey y’all! My name is Leslie, i’m from Houston, Texas and a proud Mexican with both of my parents from Guanajuato! I’m currently very into yoga, paint by numbers, and Spotify playlists. I am a senior in Grace Hopper College studying computer science with an interest in User Experience and Web Development but also love to take courses on film. I love to stay caffeinated ,go on runs, play guitar, and watch 80’s horror films. You’ll mostly find me at Koffee on Audobon but if you need any cool coffee shops in New Haven, let me know!

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

Hello, everyone! My name is Celia, and I am a proud Afro-Latina from the South Bronx (Branford ‘22). I am a senior majoring in MCDB, and I am pre-med. I have worked at La Casa for three years now, and being an SC is one of my favorite jobs on campus. On-campus, I am part of various groups including Steppin’ Out and Yale EMS (YEMS). If you have questions about anything related to me personally or La Casa in general, feel free to reach out to me!

Karla Camacho

Student Coordinator

Trumbull ‘23

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hello! I’m Karla (she/her). I am a junior in Trumbull College from Brownsville, Texas majoring in Ethnic Studies and Education Studies. I have been a part of MEChA, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale, and intramural basketball. In my free time, I enjoy going for walks, running, listening to music or playing video games. Catch me walking around or sitting outside enjoying nice weather days!

Beka Cabrera

Student Coordinator

Trumbull ‘24

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

Hola! I’m Rebeka, but you can call me Beka or Bekita, and I am so excited to return to La Casa as an SC this year! I am a sophomore in Trumbull College. I’m majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration but am still taking the time to explore more of my academic interests! Soy Mexicana y Boricua from Brooklyn, NY. At home, I am a part of the Prep for Prep program and was an advisor to middle school students for four years. On campus, I am involved with Sabrosura, ¡Oye!, the Yale Dramat, and am a counselor for Cultural Connections. Some things I love to do are dance (whether it’s salsa choreography or Just Dance routines), write poems, sing karaoke even though I can’t sing, and eat good food (especially homemade Mexican and Puerto Rican dishes). After completing my first year remotely, I can’t wait to explore new interests, meet awesome people, and eat delicious food this year! :)

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 sophomore in Jonathan Edwards majoring in Urban Studies with a certificate in Statistics and Data Science. 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. 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. Fun fact, my family got a dog AFTER I moved out but now we are besties. At Yale, I volunteer with the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project, conduct housing research with the School of Public Health, give tours as a Yale Tour Guide, and am a FOCUS pre-orientation leader. Some of my favorite artists atm are Nao, Rina Sawayama, Chika, LOONY, Danna Paola, DRIMS, and ANAVITÓRIA . 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, tod@s! My name is Jean (he/him/él) and I’m a sophomore in Branford majoring in Anthropology (maybe). I was born in Cali, Colombia and have lived in the Bronx until now! Although this is my second year as a student coordinator, it’s my first year on campus so I’m really excited to finally experience Yale + La Casa in-person. Outside of La Casa, I’ve been an anthropology research assistant, am on YFAM board and volunteer with the YIN. If u see me around, I’m probably listening to Bad Bunny or really old salsa music–no in between!

Rashel Chipi

Student Coordinator

Trumbull ‘24

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hola! My name is Rashel, but most know me as Chipi. I am a second year in Trumbull College, majoring in History. I am a fist-generation Cuban-American and am from Miami, FL. Outside of La Casa, I’m involved with CAUSA, Yale’s Cuban Student Organization. I am also part of the Coalition of Allyship advocates, where we design and host workshops to start accessible conversations about our positioning at Yale and beyond. I intend to pursue the Yale Journalism Initiative and am involved with Yale Symposia, which is a student publication dedicated to interviewing Yale students that complete research. In my spare time, I enjoy caring for my herb garden, cooking meals from scratch, and diving down internet rabbit holes on the latest pop culture development. I am an avid Cuban coffee lover and am known for offering some to everyone I meet. Lately, I have been reading many memoirs as I hope to write my own someday. I also believe my new memoir phase stems from my interest in learning about peoples’ life stories. With that said, I would love to hear yours along with any questions you may have about my involvements at Yale!

Jaden Gonzalez

Student Coordinator

Jonathan Edwards ‘25

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hi! My name is Jaden González. I am Puerto Rican and Mexican, born and raised in the Bronx. I’m a first-year hoping to double major in Linguistics and Global Affairs. I love learning languages and outside of that, I love musical theater and dance, particularly tap. I’m super excited to be working at La Casa. I love meeting new people so if you see me around campus, please say hi!

Ángel García López

Student Coordinator

 Ezra Stiles ‘25

Pronouns: He/Him/His

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? My name is Ángel García López, a current first-year in Ezra Stiles College and an SC at La Casa! I am from California with roots in Michoacán, México. Lately, my Spotify playlists have been all over the place; from Mexican indie/folk to “Corridos de Antaño,” my music taste really changes from one day to the next. At Yale, I am interested in pursuing ER&M, Environmental Studies and Education Studies, but we’ll see if this changes a year from now. I am looking forward to connecting with you all this year! Feel free to reach out with any questions or if you just want to explore New Haven together, I’m always down for new adventures (specially getting some bomb tacos from Long Wharf)!

Ethan Estrada

Student Coordinator

Murray ‘25

Pronouns: He/they

Hi y’all! My name is Ethan Estrada, and I’m a proud Mexican American from Austin, Texas. Currently, I’m planning on double-majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and Psychology, but I also have a deep passion for writing and the arts. Back home, I’m an Ambassador to Latinx Arts and do a lot of work in my city’s Mexican American Cultural Center. I also love to volunteer with the Austin History Center and Zavala Elementary. When I’m not working, I love to cook (and eat!), especially food from home, write poetry and prose, dance, take care of my plants, and hang out with friends. I’m so excited for the year to come, and I’m looking forward to meeting all of you!

Yakeleen Almazan

Student Coordinator

Jonathan Edwards ‘25

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hola! Me llamo Yakeleen Almazan and I am a proud Chicana leader, social activist, and community organizer from South Tucson, Arizona. I am a first generation, low income first year residing in Jonathan Edwards College! I am interested in pursuing a degree in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration with a certification in Education Studies in hopes of becoming an integral part of policy reform for education in marginalized communities. In my free time, I love to watch “The Good Place”, sweat intensively doing yoga, and bonding over food with friends. You can find me thrift shopping and trying new boba places in New Haven! I cannot wait to be a First Year Student Coordinator and make La Casa Cultural a welcoming and fun place for all!

Kristen St Louis

Student Coordinator

Grace Hopper ‘25

Pronouns: She/Ella

Hi! My name is Kristen Thalia St Louis and I am a first-year in Grace Hopper college. I am Boricua and Trinidadian, a mix that guarantees an appreciation for my islands. I’m a regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx who gets excited by books written by authors of marginalized groups and gluten/dairy free chocolate treats. I am most fueled by all things creative: poetry, dance, theater, music–you name it, I love it. I am in the process of exploring all that Yale has to offer, so please feel free to ask me about anything related to my interests, La Casa, or what a first year may look like!

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