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. 

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

Alex Guzman Caceres

Co-Head Student Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

!Hola amiguis! My name is Alex Guzman Caceres and I’m a sophomore in Timothy Dwight majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (yess ER&M baddies). I’m a proud Guatemalteca from Chelsea, MA, which is technically not in Boston but close enough. I love all things poetry! At Yale, I’m on board for ¡Oye! Spoken Word and I’ve absolutely loved all the showcases, mixers, and writing sessions that have allowed me to share my voice and meet some amazing people. I’m also interning at Planned Parenthood in hopes of learning more about reproductive rights policy and bringing more reproductive justice awareness to Yale and New Haven. 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 continue working as a Student Coordinator this year <3. 

Michaell Santos Paulino

Co-Head Student Coordinator

Pronouns: he/him/él

¡Hola! My name is Michaell Santos Paulino, a sophomore in Saybrook College and a student coordinator at La Casa! I am from the Bronx, NY (BX!) but was born in the Dominican Republic. I’m majoring Ethicnicty, Race, and Migration and pursuing a certificate in Spanish.
 
At Yale you can find me doing a little bit of everything. I spend my time involve in Sabrosura, Quisqueyalies, Claro Que Si, the Human Rights Journal,  and the Yale Interpretation Network.
 
In my free time you can always find me listening to music and hanging out with friends. I’m looking forward to return back for my second year as a student coordinator. 

Aryana Teresa Ramos-Vazquez

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 sophomore 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

Pronouns: she/her/hers

¡Hola! Me llamo Kaley Mafong, and I am a sophomore 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 play tennis, listen (and dance) to Camilo, and care for the chickens at the Yale Farm. Looking forward to working together as a community to make this an awesome year! 

Lyn Rodriguez

Pronouns: she/they

¡Hola tod@s! My name is Lyn, and I am a Chicana from New Haven. My family is from Tlaxcala, Mexico—the smallest state of Mexico!
 
I’m a sophomore in Branford. I am planning to major in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and enter the Education Studies program. At Yale, I am one of the Conexiones Co-Coordinators for Mecha, on the board for De Colores, and dance with Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Yale (BFMdeY). This past summer, I taught for U.S. Grant, an educational 6-week summer program for local middle schoolers. Outside of that, I am usually just listening to music while playing video games or hanging out with friends. 
 
I’m incredibly excited to be a returning SC at La Casa this year. I hope to see old and new faces at the center very soon! 

Jocelyn Perez

Pronouns: she/her/hers

¡Saludos! My name is Jocelyn Perez and I’m a Mexican American from South Los Angeles, California. I was originally part of the 2011 class but took a long hiatus from Yale after my first year. During my time away, I was a Spanish teacher assistant, interpreter and human resource assistant. I’m now a junior in Saybrook College and part of the 2025 class. La Casa has always held a special place in my heart as it is home away from home. Now I reside in New Haven full time so if you need any food recommendations or where to find the Mexican market reach out! 

Benjamin Hernandez

Pronouns: he/him/his

¡Hola! My name is Benjamin Hernandez, and I’m a sophomore in Trumbull College from Dallas, TX who is planning on majoring in Global Affairs. Beyond my duties as a Student Coordinator at La Casa, I spend a significant amount of my time as part of the YMUN Secretariat, as a staff reporter for the Yale Daily News and as an advising fellow and leadership team member for Matriculate. I look forward to welcoming new and returning faces to the center this year!

Sumarha Tariq

Pronouns: she/her/hers

¡Hola! My name is Sumarha Tariq (she/her/hers), but you can also call me Sumi. I’m a first-year in Timothy Dwight College and I hope to major in Political Science and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration. I was born and raised in New York City, but spent a lot of my time in beautiful Lima, Peru! That being said, I’m half Peruvian and half Pakistani. I’m incredibly interested in demonstrating my advocacy through art, especially fashion design and photography. I literally always have a camera on me, so you can catch me taking photos of absolutely everything. In my free time, I love to sew, crochet, draw, aimlessly scroll through Pinterest, and dance Marinera Norteña. Throughout my time at Yale, I aspire to maintain my creative vision and passion for art alongside my passion for reform and activism. I’m so excited to embark on this new journey as a Student Coordinator at La Casa and I’m definitely looking forward to an amazing year. 

Daniel Torres

Pronouns: he/him/his

¡Hola! I’m Daniel, and I am a first-year at Branford College. I am Puerto Rican and Mexican (y hablo español), but I’m coming to Yale from Western PA. I also lived in Shanghai for eight years, which was a large influence on my plan to major in East Asian Studies.  
 
In my free time, I love trying new foods (past encounters: pig brain and chicken pompitas), listening to música en español, practicing Mandarin and French, and playing soccer! I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to work in La Casa, and I am looking forward to meeting everyone!

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