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For questions about the First-Year Scholars at Yale program:

FSY Leaders​hip

Burgwell Howard

Dea​n of Stu​dent Engagement, Associate Vice President for Student Life

Office: 1 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 432-2906

Burgwell “Burgie” Howard is the Dean of Student Engagement for Yale College and is responsible for overall oversight of the First-Year Scholars at Yale program.

April Ruiz

Dean of First-Year Scholars at Yale, Dean of Hopper College

Office: 189 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 432-0744

April Ruiz is the Dean of Hopper College, holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, and received her undergraduate degree from Yale in 2005. As Dean of FSY, she will guide students through the summer program and will provide an introduction to the opportunities and resources available to them as Yale College students.

Michael Fitzpatrick

Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Yale Summer Session

Office: 55 Whitney Avenue, Suite 420, New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203) 432-2431

Michael Fitzpatrick works in Yale Summer Session, directing summer course proposals and faculty hiring for all Yale College’s summer offerings. He also reviews summer applications and advises students on course selection and course changes. Michael will be handling many of the logistics of FSY & will be managing the pre-arrival communication with First-Year Scholars. He is looking forward to helping FSY students throughout this wonderful program.


2017 FSY Residential Life Team

Residential Director

Yonas Takele
Grace Hopper College, ‘17

Yonas was in Grace Hopper College and graduated from Yale this May with a double major in Sociology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He will be serving as FSY's Residential Director, ensuring all FSYers have as fun and safe of a time as possible. Please expect to enjoy Yonas making bread, and having movie nights, video game tournaments, music jam sessions, and other awesome activities.


Hannah Nikole Almonte
Silliman College, ‘19

Hannah Nikole is a rising junior in Silliman College majoring in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. She is from Anaheim, CA, but lived in the Philippines for 12 years prior to moving to Los Angeles. She is involved with several educational outreach programs and coaches for the Yale ONEXYS program, so she is invested in helping students prepare academically. She loves late night/early morning/mid-afternoon talks, so feel free to shoot her a message about anything that's on your mind, including: your life's biggest questions, literature, Netflix, board games, indie/alternative music, memes.

Melina Delgado
Pauli Murray College, ‘19

Melina is a rising junior in Pauli Murray College from Weston, FL. She is a Computer Science major who also takes many Economics courses for no real reason. Ask her about being a software developer for Yale, a researcher at the Peabody Museum, a volunteer tax preparer for New Haveners and Yalies alike, and a residential college aide for TD (her previous college affiliation). She loves playing music with the Yale Precision Marching Band, Yale Concert Band, and Tertulia (Yale's first and only latin band), and she loves talking about many genres of music as well!

Carlene Ervin
Morse College, ‘18

Carlene is a rising senior in Morse College from Oakland, CA . She is studying history, focusing on Pan-Africanism in the US and in Ghana, and she is also passionate about education and access to education. Carlene spent Spring 2017 studying abroad in Ghana, so she is a great resource if you’re interested in similar opportunities!  She loves Beyonce, Harry Potter, hot cheetos, and trashy reality tv, and is always down to talk about any of those topics.

John Kauffman 
Timothy Dwight College, ‘18

John is a rising senior in TD (Timothy Dwight College, if we want to get technical) who hails from the sunny shores of the southwest Chicago suburbs and is majoring in political science. At Yale he sings with the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus a cappella group and serves as treasurer of SNAP, the nation’s largest student-run political action committee. Next year he will be taking a gap year to sing and travel the world with the Whiffenpoofs, but you'll still be able to find him biking around New Haven or trying way too hard to convince his friends to go bowling.

Jose  Yobani Lopez
Benjamin Franklin College, ‘18

Jose is rising senior transferring from Silliman College to Benjamin Franklin College to serve as a First-Year Counselor next academic year. He was born and raised in the Westlake/MacArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA, but currently lives in Yakima, WA. He majors in Chemistry and is completing the Education Studies program. He is a former Peer Liaison with La Casa Cultural, serves as a Co-Artistic Director for Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Yale, works as a Public School Intern at a local K-8 school, and serves as Community Service Chair for La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.. When he isn’t doing all that, José simply likes to spend quality time with his closest friends on campus.

Neida Moreno
Berkeley College, ‘19

Neida is a rising junior in Berkeley College (go thundercoqs!) and hails from Naples, FL. She is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. Neida volunteers at Yale-New Haven Hospital through the Living History Project, serves as a Spanish interpreter at the HAVEN Free Clinic, and teaches elementary school students through Demos. You'll probably find her wandering the Yale Art Gallery or tending to her plants in her spare time.

Priya Singh
Saybrook College, ‘19

Priya is a rising junior in Saybrook College majoring in biomedical engineering with the goal of going to medical school. She is currently working as a research assistant in a lab at the Yale School of Medicine and as a Head Advising Fellow for Matriculate. She was born and raised in New York, but attended a low-resourced, public high school in Florida. When not in the classroom, you can always find her out for a run or catching up on the latest season of Grey's Anatomy.

Christopher Vargas
Silliman College, ‘18

Christopher is a rising senior in Silliman College from Lennox, CA. He is pre-med and majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. When he is not working on problem sets and papers, he teaches nutrition and related content in local New Haven/Fair Haven high schools. He also dances in Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Yale and mentors first-year students in the STARS I program.

Quote: FSY is amazing! The transition from high school to college will be really smooth for me now, and I've learned a lot in just five weeks."