Meet the Student Organizations Consultants

Alexander Vidal

Branford ‘19

Alex is a sophomore in Branford College from Miami, Florida. He is an Economics major and is particularly interested in development and behavioral economics. Besides being a Student Organizations Consultant, Alex helped start the Yale Undergraduate Journal of Economics and Politics and the Yale Student Finance Society, as well as being involved with the Yale Tory Party and serving on the Branford Housing Committee. Outside of Yale, he enjoys basketball, politics, rowing, and coffee (a bit too much!). He is very excited to work with all the Student Organizations this semester!

Alexandra Small

Silliman ’18

Alexandra Small is a junior in Silliman College from Connecticut.  She is majoring in Global Affairs, with a focus on international development, and Ethics, Politics, and Economics. On Yale’s campus, Alexandra is very involved in the Yale International Relations Association, an organization that operates Model United Nations programs around the world and provides tutoring programs, academic publication opportunities, and research trips.  Within this organization, she serves as Director-General of Administration for Yale Model United Nations Taiwan and Co-President of Yale Model Government Europe.  In addition to working on organizing Yale’s Model UN and Model Government conferences for high school students, she also participates in various political groups on campus and served as the Chairman of a political party within the Yale Political Union last semester.  As a Student Organizations Consultant, Alexandra looks forward to taking what she has learned through her extracurricular experiences and provide options and advice with regards to funding opportunities, meeting methods, leadership structure, event planning, etc. for other extracurricular groups.   

Archeta Rajagopalan

Branford ‘19

Archie is a sophomore in Branford. Currently she’s a Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology major and pre-med. On campus, she writes for the Yale Science Magazine and is co-captain of Rangeela, Yale’s Bollywood dance team. Additionally, Archie is the Publicity Chair on the South Asian Society board and is a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.  

Benjamin Fleischacker

Stiles ‘17

Benji Fleischacker is a senior in Ezra Stiles. He is from the Chicago suburb of Evanston, where he learned to play cello but did not learn (and still has not learned) to swim. At Yale, he studies Latin American History, and the role music has played in colonization and the formation of mestizo culture. He dreams of some day building his own cello school in Costa Rica. Benji is a member and former business manager of Low Strung and principal cellist of the Yale Symphony Orchestra. He enjoys broccolini and certain kinds of chocolate.

Carlos Cohen

Davenport ‘19


 My name is Carlos Cohen, and I come from the sunny So Cal beaches of Ventura, California. I am a Sophomore in Davenport College, and study international relations as a prospective Global Affairs Security Track major. I am also a Student Coordinator at La Casa Cultural, where I plan events and programming for the Yale community. In addition, I will also be Davenport’s Yale College Council Representative this year. I enjoy spending time outdoors, be it rock climbing, SCUBA diving, surfing, mountain biking, or backpacking, and when I’m not doing that, you might find me playing the guitar or piano. I look forward to working with and getting to know the student groups on campus this year as a consultant, and please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns!

Carman Drake

Calhouns ‘18

Carman Drake is current junior at Yale, double majoring in Global Affairs and History. On campus, along with working as a Student Organizations Consultant, she is involved in the Yale Refugee Project, on the executive board of RevYale, and on the executive board of the CT Beta Chapter of Pi Phi. She also works at the Yale Office of General Counsel. She looks forward to working with you this semester!

Casey Lee

Pierson ‘17

Casey is a senior in Pierson majoring in MCDB. His hobbies include making wishes at 11:11, appreciating pandas, and laughing at puns. On campus, Casey has worked with the Asian American community through the Asian American Students Association and the Taiwanese American Society bringing Night Market, LUNA Cultural Show, and numerous Taiwanese food events to campus. He has also performed Soran Bushi (a Japanese fisherman dance) with the Japanese American Student Union and the Phoenix Dance Troupe and been in a number of Danceworks shows the past few semesters! If you have any questions about student organizations on campus (or want to see Casey’s recent panda/pun find), definitely shoot him an email! 

Grant Fergusson

Branford ‘17

Grant Fergusson is a senior in Branford, where he serves as a Freshman Counselor and rambles on about his Cognitive Science thesis. He is returning from a gap year spent singing with the Whiffenpoofs, and in the past has worked on the Yale College Council, acted in a production of California Suite, and bothered the mayor’s office with Project Youth Court. If you have any questions or quality gifs, shoot him an email! (Or find him in any of New Haven’s overpriced-but-still-charming coffee shops.)

Irina Gavrilova

Berkeley ‘17

Irina Gavrilova is a senior Theatre Studies major who is also interested in studying international relations and history. In theatre, she has worked mostly as a director and a producer while also dabbling in lighting and graphic design. When not in a rehearsal room, at a production meeting or answering emails, she can be found writing papers on US-Russia relations, researching Irish theatre and politics or studying foreign policy. She has a passion for languages and served as the Editor-in-Chief of Yale’s only multilingual publication Accent last year. As a result, she has plenty of experience reserving rooms, applying to grants, recruiting staff and handling day-to-day tasks of a student organisation. She is delighted to join the student consultants team this year and looks forward to meeting with and learning about all the incredible student organisations on this campus. 

Isabella Teng

Berkeley ‘20

Isabella is a freshman in Berkeley from the Bay Area. She is currently pursuing Computer Science as her major. While not pigging out in the dining hall or watching Netflix, she is involved with the Women’s Leadership Initiative as a Conference Committee member, Danceworks, Net Impact, and YUAA. Some of her favorite things include bunnies, cookies and cream ice cream, and terrible puns, and she’s looking forward to the upcoming semester!

Kimberly Huang

Saybrook ‘17

Kimberly Huang is a senior in Saybrook. She is majoring in Economics and enjoys knitting, playing piano and ukulele, and watching Friends in her free time. She is so excited to continue working as a consultant for student organizations this year!

Me’Lena Laudig

Ezra Stiles ‘19

Me’Lena is a sophomore in Stiles from the Texas Panhandle, a place where you’ll find tumbleweeds, canyons, and incredible sunsets. Since coming to Yale, she has enjoyed the rain and snow, the beautiful foliage, and the cozy coffee shops. She is currently double majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and Religious Studies. Outside of classes, she sings with Shades of Yale, leads worship for Yale Students for Christ, and helps high school students through the college application process as a Matriculate Advising Fellow. She’s excited to join the Student Organizations Consulting team and can’t wait to work with the amazing groups on campus!

Mike  Yoon

Silliman ’18

Mike is a junior in Silliman College currently double majoring in East Asian Studies and Political Science with a focus on Japan-Korea Relations. Mike’s extracurricular involvements is mainly with the Yale International Relations Association, where he is currently in charge of planning a conference in Budapest. Outside of classes, Mike enjoys traveling to New York to try different restaurants and cafes. Mike is looking forward to meeting with all his groups this year!

Nana Ama Akowuah

​Morse ‘18

Nana Ama Akowuah was born and raised in Ghana, and is a third-year student studying Chemical engineering at Yale.
She is a founding member of the Dislabelled initiative that seeks to improve the special education system in Ghana and is the President of the Yale Association for African Peace and Development (YAAPD). 
She is particularly interested in issues pertaining to entrepreneurship and governance in Africa and is also involved with the Yale African Students Association. In her free time she loves to read and her current favorite book is a A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. 

Nicholas Girard

Stiles ‘19

Nick Girard is a sophomore political science major in Ezra Stiles, coming to Yale from Stafford Springs, Connecticut. He serves as a Deputy Student Organizations Director with the Undergraduate Organizations Committee (UOC) and currently represents Ezra Stiles on the Yale College Council. This year he’s excited to work to provide support and resources for student groups as a Student Organizations Consultant. Nick also works in the Yale Law School’s Career Development Office. In his spare time, you’ll find Nick exploring New Haven, making a mean cup of tea, or imagining what politics could be while watching The West Wing.​

Sydney Wade

Stiles ‘18

Sydney Wade (ES ’18) is a junior from Atlanta, GA. She is an Economics and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology double major and is passionate about global health and healthcare entrepreneurship. Outside of the Dean’s Office, Sydney is the Chief of Staff on the Yale College Council and the Finance Director for the Ivy Leadership Summit. In her free time, Sydney enjoys dancing, traveling, running, and designing websites.

William Viederman

Pierson ‘17

Will is a senior Political Science major in Pierson College. His academic interests lie at the intersection of law, politics, policy, and poverty alleviation. He is particularly interested in the varied ways in which actors in the public sector can exert influence over policy, even in the absence of direct jurisdictional relevance. He’s spent summers in Hong Kong, Washington D.C., and New Haven (where he worked for the Housing Authority of New Haven as a Presidential Public Service Fellow). Outside the classroom he sings in his a cappella group Redhot & Blue, acts in and directs plays, and works as a Student Organizations Consultant and a Freshman Counselor. After graduation Will wants to help people, although exactly how, what, and where remains to be seen.