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. 

Giuliana Duron (Jonathan Edwards ‘24)

Head Student Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

hola/oi/hi! My name is Giuliana (she/her/hers) and I am a Junior in Jonathan Edwards majoring in Urban Studies and Architecture. A little bit about me… I grew up (for most of my life) in a small town in California named 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 my 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 am heavily involved with the Urban Studies Project, work with the New Haven City Plan Department, give tours as a Yale Tour Guide, act as a writing partner, and am a  Co-Director for FOCUS. Some of my favorite artists atm are Cautious Clay, IZA, Tkay Maidza, Nao, Rina Sawayama, Danna Paola, Amber Mark, and Raveena. My favorite shows are ELITE and Coisa Mais Linda. I am looking forward to an exciting year :)!

Jean Tobar (Branford ‘24)

Head Student Coordinator

Pronouns: he/him/his

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! At Yale, I’ve been an anthropology research assistant, am involved with FGLI advocacy and volunteer with the YIN. If u see me around, I’m probably listening to Bad Bunny or classic salsa music–no in between! I’m excited to continue building community this year with you all at La Casa and beyond.

Henry Rodesno-Hercules (Silliman ‘23)

Student Coordinator

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!

Jaden González (Jonathan Edwards ‘25)

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hola! I’m Jaden. I’m a sophomore in JE studying Linguistics and Education Studies. Aside from academics I love the performing arts, especially tap dance. I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York by a family of proud Puerto Ricans. The best part of my job as an SC at la Casa is how it allows me to engage with the wonderful Latine community at this university. I love meeting new people so if you see me around campus, please don’t hesitate to say hi!

Ángel García López (Ezra Stiles ‘25)

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: he/him/his

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? My name is Ángel García López, a current second-year in Ezra Stiles College and a student coordinator 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 majoring in Urban Studies and pursuing an Education Studies certificate. 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 (Pauli Murray ‘25)

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: he/they

Hi y’all! My name is Ethan Estrada, and I’m a Mexican American from Austin, Texas. Currently, I’m planning on majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, but I’m still trying to find the best way to nourish my other interests in education, 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’m also working on an ongoing research project on the history and historiography of gentrification in my city. 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 (Jonathan Edwards ‘25)

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

¡Hola a todxs! Me llamo Yakeleen Almazan and I am a proud Chicana social activist from South Tucson, Arizona. I am a first generation, low income Sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College, 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 and children’s rights in marginalized communities. At Yale, I fill up my time being a director for the TRO Project at the Yale Law School, recruiting for the Yale Admissions Office, organizing with MEChA, dancing Ballet Folkorico, and translating for the NHLAA. In my free time outside of Yale, I love to binge watch Bobs Burgers, enjoy the 23 miles of Best Mexican Food (in Tucson, of course!), and play the violin in the Mariachi de Yale! You can find me thrift shopping or making new friends. I cannot wait to return as a Student Coordinator and make La Casa Cultural a center for community bonding and building!

Kristen St Louis (Grace Hopper ‘25)

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

¡Hola! My name is Kristen Thalia St Louis and I am a sophomore in Grace Hopper college. I am Boricua and Trinidadian, so when you hear me say “island gyal”—and you *will* hear me saying it—I mean it! 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. Exploring New Haven has also become a new hobby of mine, and I would be remiss if I didn’t say that exploring the various non-profits, food trucks, restaurants, farmer’s markets, and night fairs have shaped the Yalie I am today. Besides that, please feel free to ask me about anything related to my interests, La Casa, or what coming to Yale from an academic enrichment program looks like!

Andres Arias (Pauli Murray ‘25)

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hello! My name is Andres Arias and I’m a sophomore in Pauli Murray. I’m from Anchorage, Alaska and I’m Mexican American. I love exploring the outdoors, trying new things in life, and learning more about the intricate world that we live in. I’m proud to be a part of the community at La Casa, and I’m so excited to see you all this year! 

Rolando Kattan Rubi

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hola!!!!! I am Rolando Kattan Rubi (he/him), a rising sophomore in Saybrook from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I’m planning (hopefully) to major in Global Affairs and Comparative Literature but will get back to you if that changes. Outside of La Casa, I’m involved in several Yale International Relations Association such as YMGE, YMUN and Yale’s competitive MUN team. Truthfully I am a theater kid, so I channelized my energies through various productions on campus or just reciting random monologues to my friends. Above it all, I’m extremely excited to work at La Casa and welcome every member of my community to the best of my abilities. I am most thrilled to meet all of your lovely faces so—don’t hesitate to reach out!

Elyse Thomas

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

¡Hola! My name is Elyse Thomas and I’m a sophomore in Branford majoring in Ethnicity, Race, & Migration studies. I’m from Miami, FL, (shoutout to the 305) and I’m Boricua and Jamaican. On campus, I’m involved in WORD: Performance Poetry @ Yale, First-Years in Support of New Haven, and Yale College Council. I love Avatar: the Last Airbender, Omar Apollo’s music, and learning Japanese. I’m so excited to be a Student Coordinator at La Casa this year and I cannot wait to learn and grow in community with you all!

Alex Guzman Caceres

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

!Hola amiguis! My name is Alex Guzman Caceres and I’m a first year in Timothy Dwight. I’m a proud Guatemalteca from Chelsea, MA (technically not in Boston but close enough). My academic interests mostly gravitate around politics and immigration, so I’m planning on double majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and Political Science with hopefully a certificate in Spanish. I’m excited to get involved with the different spoken word, first-gen/low-income, social justice, queer, and musical communities at Yale! When I’m not at La Casa, you can usually find me blasting random Spotify playlists, writing poetry, or buying long skirts. I can’t wait to meet more Latine people at La Casa and I’m so so happy to be working as a student coordinator this year <3. 

Aryana Teresa Ramos-Vazquez

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hola! Mi nombre es Aryana Ramos-Vazquez, and I’m a Boricua living in Tuxedo Park, New York (just outside of New York City)! I’m a first-year in Saybrook College (SAY WHAT?), and I’m a tentative biomedical engineering major (check back in with me in…say, two months and see if that’s *actually* what I’ve decided on). I LOVE singing, so you can find me at Yale’s Glee Club on Monday and Wednesday evenings and concerts. In my free time, I love listening to music, creative writing (poetry & prose), watching movie and book rant reviews, binging Korean and Chinese dramas, and I’d characterize myself as an average anime enjoyer. I’m a huge Doja Cat and Bad Bunny fanatic, but when I’m in my feels (~75% of the time) I’ll probably be staring off into the distance overthinking my existence as Noah Kahan’s music loops. I’m beyond honored to be a part of the Latine community at Yale, and especially excited to work alongside my new familia at La Casa!

Kaley Mafong

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

¡Hola! Me llamo Kaley Mafong, and I am a first-year in Davenport College studying biology. I am so excited to be a part of La Casa this year and help amplify Latinx voices at Yale. Outside of school, I love to do escape rooms with friends, play tennis, listen (and dance) to Camilo, and explore New Haven. Looking forward to working together as a community to make this an awesome year! 

Lyn Rodriguez

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

¡Hola tod@s! My name is Lyn and I am a first-year in Branford College. I am a Mexican-American from New Haven, CT.  My family is from Tlaxcala, Mexico - the smallest state of Mexico. I am FGLI (first-gen, low income) and queer. 
 
At Yale, I am (currently) planning to major in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (subject to change, of course). I’m also planning to directly help the local immigrant community in New Haven, especially those coming in from Latinoamérica. Outside of Yale, you can find me hanging out with my little, (crusty) white dog named Pulgas. He goes by Pulgas, Pulgitas, Pulgoso - basically, all variations of Pulgas. On a more serious note - I’m incredibly grateful to be a part of La Casa’s community and look forward to meeting everyone.

Michaell Santos Paulino

Student Coordinator

Pronouns: he/him/his

¡Hola! My name is Michaell Santos Paulino, a first-year in Saybrook College (Say What…SAYBROOK!) and a student coordinator at La Casa! I am from the Bronx, NY (BX!) but was born in the Dominican Republic. I’m planning to major in Political Science and/or Ethicnicty, Race, and Migration. I’m passionate about education policy and criminal justice reform. In my free time you can catch me listening to Bad Bunny 24/7 or taking 0.5 selfies with others. I’m looking forward to start this new position and interact more with La Casa!

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