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 2020-2021 Peer Liaisons

Afro-American Cultural Center

  • Cassidy Arrington | Silliman | 2023 
  • Denae Clowers | Jonathan Edwards | 2022
  • Marvin Durogene | Silliman | 2023 
  • Ihea Inyama | Timothy Dwight | 2022 
  • Nicole Jefferson | Jonathan Edwards | 2022 
  • Ngozi Okoli | Berkeley | 2022 
  • Isiuwa Omoigui | Jonathan Edwards | 2023 
  • Anise Overton | Benjamin Franklin | 2022
  • Juma Sei | Ezra Stiles | 2022 
  • Kelsey Tamakloe | Saybrook | 2022 
  • Isabelle Thomas | Branford | 2023 

Asian American Cultural Center

  • Neha Bhat | Berkeley | 2021
  • Michael Chen | Branford | 2023
  • Ronak Gandhi | Morse | 2022
  • Caleb Kim | Berkeley | 2021
  • Andrea Justine Lee | Pauli Murray | 2023
  • Sophia Lee | Saybrook | 2023
  • Michelle Liang | Pierson | 2022
  • Amy Ren | Morse | 2022
  • Isabelle Rhee | Berkeley | 2022
  • Abby Wang | Benjamin Franklin | 2022
  • Perry Wang | Saybrook | 2022
  • Jennifer Yoon | Silliman | 2021
  • Ariel Zhang | Ezra Stiles | 2022
  • Jocelyn Zhou | Ezra Stiles | 2023

Chaplain’s Office

  • Nadean Alnajjar | Jonathan Edwards | 2022
  • John Daoud | Pauli Murray | 2021
  • Cathy Duong | Morse | 2022
  • Adin Feder | Ezra Stiles | 2022
  • Dana Joseph | Berkeley | 2021
  • Jilly Mehlman | Jonathan Edwards | 2021
  • Alysha Siddiqi | Timothy Dwight | 2023

La Casa Cultural

  • Jeniffer Banuelos | Berkeley | 2021
  • Elena Castro | Branford | 2023
  • José Garcia | Pierson | 2022
  • Daniel Inojosa | Silliman | 2023
  • Ivan Mangal | Pauli Murray | 2023
  • Paloma Ortega | Silliman | 2021
  • Jasselene Paz | Silliman | 2023
  • Dennis Portillo | Pauli Murray | 2022
  • Edwin Ruiz | Silliman | 2022
  • Isabel Santiuste | Berkeley | 2022
  • Mariana Vargas | Jonathan Edwards | 2023

Native American Cultural Center

  • Gabriella Blatt | Ezra Stiles | 2021
  • Matthew Cline | Berkeley | 2023
  • Luta Fast Dog | Ezra Stiles | 2021
  • Selena Martinez Davenport 2022
  • Evan Roberts | Benjamin Franklin | 2023
  • Jacob Rosales Davenport 2021
  • Aaron Warren | Branford | 2023

Office of International Students & Scholars

  • Beamlak Ashenafi | Benjamin Franklin | 2021
  • Sam Brakarash | Pauli Murray | 2021
  • Sevanne Ghazarian | Saybrook | 2022
  • Himnish Hunma | Branford | 2022
  • Valerie Nguyen | Pierson | 2022
  • Mehmed Can Olgac | Silliman | 2022
  • Anna Rullán Buxó | Ezra Stiles | 2022
  • Will Sutherland | Grace Hopper | 2022
  • Beichen Zhang | Pierson | 2023

Office of LGBTQ Resources

  • Syd Bakal | Grace Hopper | 2022
  • Ale Campillo | Jonathan Edwards | 2021
  • Miguel Ceballo-Countryman|| Grace Hopper | 2023
  • Ohshue Gatanaga | Berkeley | 2021
  • Kenia Hale | Silliman | 2021
  • Jamie Marrara | Pauli Murray | 2022