Peer Liaisons

Peer liaisons are upperclassmen who help connect first-year students to the wealth of support and programming initiatives 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. This program will rely on the resources available at each center, and the peer liaisons will serve as a resource for first-year students and guide them to the services they need. Below are Davenport’s peer liasions. 

Afro-American Cultural Center

Sydney Daniels
sydney.daniels@yale.edu
 

Sydney is a senior Political Science major, focused on the intersection between race, inequality and the criminal justice system. Passionate about ending mass incarceration, she hopes to continue her studies in law school and eventually practice criminal defense. Sydney is an active member of the Davenport community and the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project. 

La Casa Latino Cultural Center

Alejandro Comas-Short
alejandro.comas-short@yale.edu
 

Hello everyone!  My name is Alejandro, but I also go by Ale, like about 20 other people on Yale’s campus.  I am a Davenport senior and grew up in Portland, Oregon, but my parents are from Texas and Puerto Rico.  I am a Ethnicity, Race and Migration major with a focus on blackness in diaspora, as well as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow working on a research project that speaks to these interests.  In addition to both of these things, I am the co-president of Despierta Boricua, the Yale Puerto Rican Student Association, and have been involved at both the African-American and Latinx Cultural Centers since I started at Yale.  I am an average but active Davenport Intramurals participant and have worked at the Dive for several years.  Feel free to ask about anything from why Ethnicity, Race and Migration is the best major at Yale to using fellowship money to do research in Cape Town, South Africa, Chicago and Puerto Rico, or going to all the fun dance shows and being perpetually amazed by how talented of dancers people are, something I will never achieve.  I am happy to talk to anyone about the cultural centers in general, and am looking forward to being a Peer Liaison and being even more involved at La Casa!

 

LGBTQ Resource Center

Ryan Ritraj
ryan.ritraj@yale.edu

Hi! My name is Ryan, and I am a junior in Davenport from Syosset, New York. I am majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and am a Global Health Scholar. Outside of being a PL, I research HIV and Alzheimer’s at the medical school, tutor with New Haven Reads, participate in the Yale Roosevelt Institute, help to plan the New Haven AIDS Walk, and work in public health through the Dwight Hall Urban Fellows Program. I look forward to being more involved with the Davenport community and the cultural and resource centers, and I am super excited to talk to any first years, or even upperclassmen, about anything at all!