Peer Liaisons

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 LGBTQ Resource Center, the University Chaplain’s Office, the Office of International Students and Scholars, the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Asian American Cultural Center, the La Casa Latino Cultural Center, and the Native American Cultural Center. Each PL program is run differently, but all are designed to help first-years feel supported and integrated into the Yale College community.

Abby Wang

Benjamin Franklin PL: Abby Wang (Benjamin Franklin ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Stonington, CT

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Favorite book? Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Favorite artists/bands? Dev Hynes, Rina Sawayama, Lorde

Hi class of 2024, and welcome to Yale! My name is Abby, and I’m a junior in Benjamin Franklin majoring in ER&M. On campus, I’m involved with Chinese American Students Association, Immigrant History Project, and research. In my free time and not-so-free time, I’m usually reading, writing, or sharing food with my friends. (Also a huge fan of jigsaw puzzles, snail mail, and BoJack Horseman.) Coming into Yale, especially as a first-gen college student, I had no idea what to expect. I’m sure many of you will more than resonate with this sentiment this fall, but my biggest priority is helping in any capacity I can to make your first year a time of joy, growth, and learning. So please don’t hesitate to reach out — I am always here for you!

Isabelle Rhee

Berkeley PL: Isabelle Rhee (Berkeley ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Favorite food? Korean rice cake soup, from home (:

Favorite artists/bands? UMI, Mitski, Chloe x Halle, H.E.R, beabadoobee

Hi everyone! My name is Isabelle, and I’m so excited to welcome you to Yale. I’m a junior in Berkeley College from Honolulu, Hawai’i studying Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and human rights. On campus, I work as an Academic Strategies Mentor, perform with Jook Songs (Yale’s Asian American spoken word group!), and write and edit with Yale’s political publication. During my free time, I love to read and write poetry, listen to lofi hip-hop music, take long walks, and rewatch The Office. My mentors at Yale, many of whom I’ve met through the AACC, have been central to my growth and learning, and I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to get to know you and root for you. While this upcoming semester is far from normal, please know that the other PLs and I are here to support you always - feel free to reach out to me about anything, anytime!

Michael Chen

Branford PL: Michael Chen (Branford ‘23)

Pronouns: he/him/his
 
Hometown: Alameda, CA
 
Major: Political Science
 
Favorite TV show? Avatar: The Last Airbender
 

Favorite class at Yale? Reading Recent North American Short Fiction

Hi Class of 2024! My name is Michael and I’m a sophomore in Branford College studying Political Science. I’m so excited to be the Branford PL this year! I was born in New York and raised in California, but New Haven has become a second home for me as well. I’ve loved being part of the incredible Asian American community at Yale. Currently, I’m on the board for the Chinese American Students Association and the Asian American Students Alliance. I also work as a Recruitment Coordinator for the Undergraduate Admissions Office. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, going on hikes, and watching basketball. As a first-generation low-income student, the move across the country and transition to college was difficult, but the AACC and Yale community were so welcoming and caring. I look forward to connecting you all to the resources and communities that helped me in my first year. I’m always here to support you and to answer any questions you have. I can’t wait to meet you all and feel free to reach out. Welcome to Yale!

Amy Ren

Davenport PL: Amy Ren (Morse ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her/hers
 
Hometown: Queens, NYC
 
Major: Psychology
 
Favorite class at Yale? English 120
 
Favorite New Haven spot? Fussy Coffee
 

Class of 2024! I am so excited to meet you all. My name is Amy and I’m a rising junior in Morse College studying Psychology. I’ll be the PL for Davenport this year! I was born in China but immigrated to NYC when I was 5 years old. Since then, I’ve come to love the communities that surround me, whether Chinese or American. Being first-gen definitely made this bridge really challenging, but the AACC has provided me a place to comfortably explore both parts of my identity. On campus, I’m the president of Morse College Council, volunteer at SquashHaven, and work for the Admissions Office as a recruitment coordinator and tour guide! I was also involved with the lovely Chinese-American Students Association for my first two years. I love talking about all the little pockets I’ve found here (study spots, coffee shops, quick bites, communities) and am happy to share them with y’all. From the very very bottom of my heart, I hope you find the same type of community and home here at Yale. As a side note, I also really enjoy cooking, baking, and eating. Would love to get a recipe exchange going. If you have questions about anything at all, my email/phone/socials are always open to you. Please expect lots of love from me! I’m truly so excited to get to know you and see you thrive.

Jocelyn Zhou

Ezra Stiles PL: Jocelyn Zhou (Ezra Stiles ‘23)

Pronouns: she/her/hers
 
Hometown: Brookline, MA
 
Major: Undeclared
 
Favorite book/TV shows? My favorite book is “Bridge of Birds” by Barry Hughart. I also love anime, so give me recs about what to binge next!
 

Favorite New Haven spot? The Wooster Square Farmer’s Market!

Hello! I’m Jocelyn, and the PL for Stiles. Many of you must be both excited and nervous about what the upcoming year will look like—and to be honest, so are we! But there are also many unique opportunities for creating new ways to be a community, so I’m super excited to hang out with all of you in whatever capacity we can! On campus, I’m involved with the Chinese American Student Association, psychology research, slam poetry, and dance. I’ll be taking a leave of absence this fall to explore storytelling, particularly as a tool for change and problem-solving. Even though I won’t be on campus with you, I can still share its secrets with you (like even though you technically can’t, you can almost live at the AACC). Welcome, and thanks for letting me be a part of your Yale experience!

Caleb Kim

Grace Hopper PL: Caleb Kim (Berkeley ‘21)

Pronouns: he/him
 
Hometown: Dacula, GA
 
Major: Psychology
 
Favorite food? Samgyetang, my mom makes it for me every once in a while :’)
 

Favorite artists/bands? Yorushika, Eric Nam, IU

Hi Class of 2024, welcome to Yale! I’m Caleb, and I’m a rising senior in Berkeley, but I’ll be the PL for Hopper. I’m majoring in Psychology with special interests in animal cognition and linguistics. Outside of academics, I dabble in theater, drum with Unity, sing with Hangarak, and do research at the Canine Cognition Center. In my spare time, I like to nap, cook, and play League of Legends. On campus, normally you’d see me running around between events, participating in all kinds of performance events, and cooking in the AACC kitchen, but this year, you might see me more often hosting game nights, movie nights, and writing workshops. So excited to get to know all of you this year!

Perry Wang

Jonathan Edwards PL: Perry Wang (Saybrook ‘22)

Pronouns: he/him/his
 
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
 
Major: Global Affairs, Statistics & Data Science
 
Favorite thing about the AACC? The kitchen, I love cooking and hosting food-related outings with friends
 

Favorite New Haven spot? East Rock Park

Hi everyone! My name is Perry and I am a rising junior in Saybrook College studying Global Affairs and Statistics. This year, I am excited to be the AACC PL for JE and look forward to an upcoming year filled with enriching and rewarding experiences. I am a first-generation college student from Brooklyn, New York and I am a self-proclaimed foodie, amatuer hiker, and huge Yankees fan. On campus, you can find me on the rugby pitch playing with the club team, at the AACC hosting fun events with the Chinese American Students Association, and trying out a new menu item every night at the Squiche (Saybrook Buttery). This summer, I’m working at an e-commerce company that connects people with psychics while getting in touch with my spiritual side. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about this upcoming fall or if you just want to chat!

Ronak Gandhi

Morse PL: Ronak Gandhi (Morse ‘22)

Pronouns: he/him/his
 
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
 
Major: Humanities
 
Favorite food? Dhaal-Bhaat-Shaak-Rotli from my grandma’s house
 

Favorite class at Yale? Religion and Culture in Korea

Howdy and welcome to Yale! My name’s Ronak, and I’m the PL for the best residential college (that means Morse, of course). On campus, I’m a part of the South Asian Society, Yale Launch, and the Morse Aides team. I also compete on the curling team–yep, that weird sport with the brooms. When I’m not on the ice, you can find me playing video games with my suitemates, explaining my hot takes in the dining hall, or showing off my lack of coordination on the dance floor. My other hobbies include cooking, creative writing, and hitting the snooze button 5+ times. I’m super excited to come back to campus, and I can’t wait to get to know y’all better. If you’ve got any questions or concerns or just wanna chat (I’m always looking for good TV show recs), definitely reach out!

Andrea Lee

Pauli Murray PL: Andrea Lee (Pauli Murray ‘23)

Pronouns: she/her/hers
 
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
 
Major: Undeclared
 
Favorite food? Sisig from Manam Comfort Filipino Food
 

Favorite film? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Hey Class of 2024! I’m Andrea, a rising sophomore studying political science and history. I’m so excited to digitally welcome you all as the Pauli Murray PL, even though I sadly won’t be on campus this fall :’). I was born in Manila and have spent the last eight years living there. For the ten years before that, my family moved around the US spending time in Philadelphia and Chicago. I know how hard moving to a new place can be, so feel free to reach out to me for tips on building a new home at Yale! On campus, I’ve been on a Dramat cast, worked on a conference with the Yale International Relations Association, produced podcasts at the Yale Daily News, and am a proud member of KASAMA: The Filipinx Club at Yale. I’m always down to try something new and would love to talk to you about my experiences so far! My favorite place on campus is my suite’s common room, mostly because of our karaoke machine (which I brought all the way from home). Hopefully, once it’s not a public health risk, I can invite you all over for a song or two!

Michelle Liang

Pierson PL: Michelle Liang (Pierson ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her
 
Hometown: Fremont, CA
 
Major: Economics + Statistics & Data Science
 
Favorite food? Charcuterie boards
 

Favorite class at Yale? Race, Inequality, and Urban Education and Housing Policy

Hello class of 2024! Welcome to Yale, we’re so happy to have you here! I’m Michelle, a rising junior in Pierson and I’m so excited to meet you! I hail from California and on campus I’m a co-moderator for the Asian American Students Alliance. I’m Chinese Vietnamese, a Capricorn, and in my free time, I love baking, hiking, and doing escape rooms/mystery games!
I was a Questbridge Scholar in high school, so please come to me if you have any questions about navigating Yale in the context of being a first generation, low income student. I know entering your first year can be so exciting and I’m looking forward to supporting you every step of the way!

Sophia Lee

Saybrook PL: Sophia Lee (Saybrook ‘23)

Pronouns: she/her/hers
 
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
 
Major: Undeclared
 
Favorite thing about the AACC? Since I love the people at Yale wherever I go, I’ll say that my favorite thing about the AACC is how it can be so cozy one moment and lively the next, which makes me feel welcome and right at home no matter what mood I’m in.
 

Favorite film? The Ghibli films are my go-to for both quality of film and music, but Kimi no Na wa also has a special place in my heart..

Hi Class of 2024! My name is Sophia, and I am the Saybrook PL for all you Saybrugians out there! I am so excited to meet all of you and can’t wait to welcome you as part of the big family that is Saybrook. I identify as Korean-American, a singer, musician, dancer, and hopeless language nerd. I am interested in East Asian Studies and Psychology, and was interested in Economics, Math, and Astronomy. I was part of 8 extracurriculars my first-year and took courses in 6 different departments. If you can be anymore confused or curious as me, let’s zoom and I can tell you all about my amazing experience at Yale so far and hopefully answer any questions you have!

Jennifer Yoon

Silliman PL: Jennifer Yoon (Silliman ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers
 
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
 
Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (Track 2), East Asian Studies
 
Favorite class at Yale? I loved taking Japanese so much because of not only the teachers but the positive learning atmosphere.
 

Favorite New Haven spot? My favorite off-campus, New Haven spot is Lighthouse Point Park. It takes a little time to get there, but I love just sitting on the bench next to the lighthouse to clear my mind.

Hi class of 2024 and welcome to Yale! My name is Jenn, and I’m a senior in Silliman studying Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and East Asian Studies. I’m so excited to meet you all soon and help you navigate the place I have come to call home over the past three years. On campus, I am involved in the Korean American cultural group and work as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab. Additionally, I wrote for the Yale Science Magazine and participated in stem outreach programs for middle and high school students in New Haven. When I have time, I like to volunteer around the New Haven area, especially at Sunrise Cafe, and tutor children (now over Zoom!). In my free time, I also love baking, art & crafts, and playing with my puppy. But most of all, I like to spend time with others over coffee or tea and just talk about life. I look forward to my next coffee or tea (virtually or socially distanced) with each and everyone of you!

Neha Bhatt

Timothy Dwight PL: Neha Bhatt (Berkeley ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers
 
Hometown: Maple Grove, MN
 
Major: Biomedical Engineering
 
Favorite class at Yale? The Performance of Vocal Music - Professor Lalli is awesome, and if you sing, this is a great opportunity to learn new vocal music and workshop it with your classmates.
 

Favorite New Haven spot? I love walking around Wooster Square, especially during cherry blossom season!

Hi! I’m Neha, and I am a senior in Berkeley college, although I will be the PL for Timothy Dwight this year. At Yale, I’m involved in a cappella; I spent most of last year singing and traveling with Whiffenpoofs. I also do imaging research at the Department of Radiology. For fun, I love to bake (a new quarantine hobby!) and have spontaneous dance parties with my roommates. I’m so excited to meet and get to know you!

Ariel Zhang

Trumbull PL: Ariel Zhang (Ezra Stiles ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her/hers
 
Hometown: Potomac, MD
 
Major: Statistics & Data Science and Psychology
 
Favorite TV shows/film? Hunter X Hunter, Great British Baking Show, Spirited Away
 

Favorite New Haven Spot? Whale Tea! The best place to study while indulging on bubble tea and matcha milk <3

Extracurriculars: Taiwanese American Society, Yale Esports Club, UP Fund
Hobbies: Cooking and baking, napping for 10+ hours at a time, gaming, volleyball, and painting!
Hi loves – welcome to Yale!! I’m a rising junior in Stiles (but future PL for Trumbull) and I’m so excited to meet y’all! On campus, I’m currently co-president for the Taiwanese American Society (hit us up for the best student-made food you can find, no cap) and Communications/Treasurer for the Yale Esports Club. I love grabbing meals with friends (and y’all in the future!) at random places around Yale, introducing people to the religion of Arethusa (the best ice cream place, period), playing pick-up volleyball with the graduate students, ‘studying’ while watching Criminal Minds in my suite, and actually studying at Whale Tea (my favorite boba place). Let me know if you ever want to bake over Zoom, duo in League of Legends, or you just want to chill in a voice call at 2 AM! Definitely feel free to reach out whenever just to say hi, hit me up for advice/help, and/or send me some spicy memes. Looking forward to getting to know y’all this semester <3