Peer Liaisons (PLs) are upper-level students at Yale College who help connect first-years to the wealth of support and programming based in the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Asian American Cultural Center, the La Casa Latino Cultural Center, LGBTQ Resource Center, the Native American Cultural Center, the Office of International Students and Scholars, the Student Accessibility Services, and the University Chaplain’s Office. 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.

Peer Liaison Applicant Information

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be rising Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors in good academic standing during both terms of the academic year 2020-2021
  • Possess the skills necessary to work on a team of students from varied backgrounds
  • Demonstrate a good level of self-awareness, a commitment to serving others, and advocating for the needs of others

Duties and Expectations

Given the nature of the position and often unpredictable needs of First-Year students, it is impossible to anticipate all the duties that a Peer Liaison might be expected to perform, but the primary responsibilities are listed below. These duties will be explained in greater detail during Peer Liaison trainings, but if you have any concerns or reservations about your ability to fulfill these duties, be sure to contact the Peer Liaison Program Director, Dean Joliana Yee immediately. It is important to understand that any Peer Liaison who fails to fulfill any of these expectations may be subject to immediate dismissal from the program.

  • Model exemplary conduct, abiding by the Undergraduate Regulations and the Community Compact
  • Serve as role models to First-Year students whose experiences are often shaped by issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Serve as advisors and trusted mentors who establish a meaningful learning relationship with First-Year students
  • Empower mentee(s) to be engaged, responsible, and proactive citizens at Yale
  • Connect First-Year students to various resources both within the residential college, centers and across campus as appropriate
  • Provide social, academic, and emotional support, in collaboration with other residential college peer leaders and in close consultation with professional and certified campus staff as needed
  • Help ease First-Year students transition to life at Yale College
  • Attend fully training sessions in the Spring and Fall as outlined in the Peer Liaison Contract received upon hire

Prioritization of Extracurricular Commitments

Serving as a Peer Liaison should be a student’s primary extracurricular activity. A Peer Liaison may not accept any other term-time employment beyond ten hours per week without first consulting with your center director/supervisor(s) and Peer Liaison Program Director. The same applies for any other significant extracurricular commitment that would demand more than ten hours per week. In case of any doubt whatsoever, consult your center director/supervisor(s) and Peer Liaison Program Director before accepting this appointment. Additionally, this is a year-long commitment. If you are thinking about studying abroad at any time in the academic year, please do not accept this position.

Peer Liaison Hiring Timeline

Peer Liaison Application Opens
Peer Liaison Application Deadline
- Peer Liaison Application Review Period
- Peer Liaison Interviews Conducted with Select Applications
Peer Liaison Offer Letters Sent Out
Joint Peer Liaison/FroCo Training

List of 2021-2022 Peer Liaisons

Afro-American Cultural Center

  • Chidima Anekwe | 2024 | Pauli Murray College
  • Cassidy Arrington | 2023 | Silliman College
  • Zada Brown | 2024 | Trumbull College
  • Boris Cyusa | 2023 | Branford College
  • Marvin Durogene | 2023 | Silliman College
  • Charnice Hoegnifioh | 2024 | Benjamin Franklin College
  • Alexandra Jones | 2022 | Davenport College
  • James “JT” Mullins | 2023 | Pauli Murray College
  • Israa Mustafa | 2023 | Timothy Dwight College
  • Isiuwa Omoigui | 2023 | Jonathan Edwards College
  • Jamarc Simon | 2024 | Morse College
  • Isabelle Thomas | 2023 | Branford College

Asian American Cultural Center

  • Michael Chen | 2023 | Branford College
  • Angelreana Choi | 2023 | Pauli Murray College
  • Caroline Crystal | 2022 | Grace Hopper College
  • Mark Deng | 2023 | Branford College
  • Ronak Gandhi | 2022 | Morse College
  • Alice Geng | 2023 | Morse College
  • Eileen Huang | 2023 | Timothy Dwight College
  • Aarjav Joshi | 2024 | Jonathan Edwards College
  • Andrea Lee | 2023 | Pauli Murray College
  • Saket Malhotra | 2023 | Pauli Murray College
  • Josh Nguyen | 2023 | Grace Hopper College
  • Ruby Park | 2023 | Branford College
  • Jenny Tan | 2023 | Saybrook College
  • Linda Thach | 2022 | Davenport College
  • Joy Yun | 2024 | Jonathan Edwards College
  • Jocelyn Zhou | 2023 | Ezra Stiles College

Chaplain’s Office

  • Cathy Duong | 2022 | Morse College
  • Kamiye Runsewe | 2024 | Berkeley College
  • Zoe Sernyak | 2022 | Silliman College
  • Alysha Siddiqi | 2023 | Timothy Dwight College
  • Elif Simsek | 2022 | Benjamin Franklin College
  • Jessica Wang | 2023 | Morse College

La Casa Cultural

  • Jordi Bertrán Ramírez | 2023 | Trumbull College
  • Elena Castro | 2023 | Branford College
  • Edson Espinosa | 2023 | Timothy Dwight College
  • Hannah Foley | 2024 | Trumbull College
  • Jack Frésquez | 2022 | Berkeley College
  • Leila Jackson | 2022 | Saybrook College
  • Ivan Mangal | 2023 | Pauli Murray College
  • Paloma Ortega | 2022 | Silliman College
  • Jasselene Paz | 2023 | Silliman College
  • Lexa Pulido Rodriguez | 2024 | Trumbull College
  • Aranzazu Soto Rubalcava | 2023 | Timothy Dwight College
  • Vanessa Strait Constandse | 2022 | Ezra Stiles College

Native American Cultural Center

  • Matthew Cline | 2023 | Berkeley College
  • Alex Contreras-Montesano | 2023 | Benjamin Franklin College
  • Eva Greyeyes | 2024 | Berkeley College
  • Elea Hewitt | 2022 | Branford College
  • Selena Martinez | 2022 | Davenport College
  • Mikiala Ng | 2024 | Pierson College
  • Evan Roberts | 2023 | Benjamin Franklin College

Office of International Students & Scholars

  • Rachel Calcott | 2022 | Branford College
  • Enrique Chuidian | 2022 | Davenport College
  • Yabi Degefu | 2023 | Grace Hopper College
  • Murilo Dorion Nieto | 2023 | Silliman College
  • Nishi Felton | 2022 | Ezra Stiles College
  • Hana Galijasevic | 2022 | Benjamin Franklin College
  • Kaloyan Kolev | 2023 | Pauli Murray College
  • Luna Li | 2023 | Benjamin Franklin College
  • Julia Miranda | 2023 | Grace Hopper College
  • Beichen Zhang | 2024 | Pierson College

Office of LGBTQ Resources

  • Lill Burton | 2022 | Davenport College
  • Miguel Ceballo-Countryman | 2023 | Silliman College
  • Alex Chen | 2023 | Berkeley College
  • Iman Jaroudi | 2023 | Trumbull College
  • Akweley Mazarae Lartey | 2023 | Timothy Dwight College
  • Jamie Marrara | 2022 | Pauli Murray College
  • Jes Springer | 2023 | Saybrook College

Student Accessibility Services

  • Ronke Adejare | 2024 | Saybrook College
  • Miki Cornwell | 2022 | Ezra Stiles College
  • Mikah Covelli | 2022 | Pierson College
  • Je-Ryong “JR” Im | 2023 | Benjamin Franklin College
  • Will Salaverry | 2023 | Silliman College
  • Ben Scher | 2023 | Timothy Dwight College
  • Ely Sibarium | 2022 | Morse College