Undergraduate Director’s Fellows, 2022

Atia Ahmed is a junior in Berkeley College, majoring in Political Science. She is from Queens, New York and she is very interested in education policy, specifically in regards to accessibility, resource disparities, and curriculum reform. On campus, she has previously served as the Advocacy Director for the Migration Alliance at Yale, and she is currently a volunteer with the Yale Prison Education Initiative.

Talat “T” Aman is a junior in Ezra Stiles College from the Greater Boston area. He is studying political science and is on the pre-medical track. Mr. Aman is particularly passionate about understanding how systems of education and incarceration have been utilized to serve the needs of the capitalist state. At Yale, T is co-chair of the Young Democratic Socialists of America, a computer science tutor for New Haven Public Schools students, and a volunteer at Havenly Treats.

Diego Haro is a senior studying Global Affairs with a concentration in economic development. He’s interested in making economics research accessible to a policy audience, especially how state governments can use Randomized Control Trials to improve welfare and affordable housing policy. In the past, he’s worked as a Policy Intern for MIT’s Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Tobin Research Assistant for the Economic Growth Center, and public-sector consultant at the Boston Consulting Group.

Sari Kaufman is a sophomore in Davenport majoring in Political Science. Sari attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and was a sophomore when the shooting occurred. After experiencing the shooting, Sari became a voter education and gun violence prevention activist. She was one of the lead organizers of the March For Our Lives in Parkland. Sari recently started the Yale chapter of Students Demand Action, which focuses on preventing gun violence in New Haven and across the country.

Julianna Lai is a senior in the Ethics, Politics, & Economics program concentrating in histories and theories of social oppression. She’s an advocate for treating gender and racial inequalities as asset-building issues and hopes to research the effects of racial capitalism and barriers to mobility on the functioning of democratic institutions. She has worked in both local and international development for the City of New Haven, the United Nations in Burma, and in the private sector.

Diego Lopez is a sophomore in Berkeley College, majoring in Political Science and American Studies. He is from sunny Los Angeles, California, and is interested in pursuing policy related to the labor and voting rights of marginalized Latinx communities. Coming from a predominantly immigrant and low-income community, Diego is passionate about advocating for Latino civil and political rights. As a Human Rights Scholar at Yale Law School, his research focuses on social policy targeting undocumented Latinx individuals in the United States.

Christian Robles is a junior in Davenport College and from Washington, DC. He is studying Political Science and is an Education Studies Scholar, reflecting his interest in education policy. He is particularly passionate about issues pertaining to equitable school funding, school integration efforts, and the accessibility of higher education opportunities. At Yale, he is a desk editor for the Yale Daily New’s city desk, tutor for 1st graders in quarantine, computer science tutor for New Haven Public Schools students, and member of the Young Democratic Socialists of America.

Cameron Steger is a junior in Silliman College from Southern California. He majors in economics and political science, and is interested in examining the impact of competition policy on economic inequality and healthcare prices. At Yale, Cameron is the co-president of YULAA and head of YPI’s Public Health Center.

Katie Taylor is a junior in Branford College from Somers, New York. As a History major, Katie studies the creation and preservation of representative political institutions in the United States. She has served as a legislative intern in Congress and worked full-time for Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, while on leave in the fall of 2020. On campus, she is an editorial intern for the Yale Law Journal and an undergraduate learning assistant for the Directed Studies Program.

Jennifer “Jenny” Tegegne is a junior in Pauli Murray College majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (ER&M) and Education Studies. She lives in Chicago and is interested in questions of citizenship, migration, and resistance – especially as they relate to critical refugee studies and systems of social control (through schooling and incarceration).

Samuel Ralph Turner is a junior in Trumbull College from Philadelphia, PA. He is majoring in Ethics, Politics, & Economics and pursuing a certificate in Global Health Studies. At Yale, Samuel plays on the varsity men’s squash team and serves as a site coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. He has conducted health policy research — related to cancer legislation, hospital consolidation, and Covid-19 testing —and is interested in how legal and public policy tools can improve the American healthcare system.

priya v. is a junior majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and community college transfer student who holds two Associate’s degrees in Sociology and Social Justice Studies from Foothill College. At Foothill, priya grew passionate about the community college system as the Student Trustee for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, where they advocated for racial justice initiatives, affordable housing, and other student needs.