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OUR TEAM

Our diverse team of innovative leaders is ready to reshape the YCC to advocate for student athletes, to bridge the gap between the administration and the student body, and to fight for increased club and cultural house funding. We offer a new approach to student government and will use our unique perspective to redefine the role of the YCC on campus and promote a newfound sense of school spirit. Everyone at Yale is extremely talented and skilled in their own way. Our goal is to bring everyone together in support of our vision of One Yale.

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ANOUK SCHEMBRI
ROTC STUDENT AND INNOVATOR

Vice Presidential Candidate

Hi! My name is Anouk Schembri. I am a junior transfer student from Colorado and so excited to run for YCC Vice President with my friend Austin! Back at the University of Colorado, Boulder, I was the President of the CU Political Science Club and served on the CU Leadership Student Advisory Committee as the ROTC Liaison. Here at Yale, I am majoring in Political Science and (hopefully also) East Asian Studies; I am active in the Yale Political Union, a newly appointed public service liaison for Sube, and have continued my involvement in Air Force ROTC. In my free time I’m a salsa-dancing enthusiast, avid skier, and lover of coffee.

 

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MATTHEW MERRITT
FORMER YCC TD SENATOR 

Co-Campaign Manager

I am a junior and an African American Studies major from Bridgeport, Alabama, pursuing a certificate in Global Health Studies. I serve as Co-Director of the Men’s Youth Group for Migration Alliance at Yale, in partnership with the nonprofit agency Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services. I am also a congregational leader at Episcopal Church at Yale, a tutor for Yale Education Tutoring Initiative, a FOOT leader, and a patient care technician at his local hospital. I worked as an inaugural research assistant in Yale’s Leonard Learning Lab and as a microbiology research intern in University College Dublin’s Melzer Lab. When I am not hard at work, I enjoy traveling and venturing outdoors, and I recently summited the tallest mountain in the United Kingdom during my semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh. I am also an incoming Branford Froco and a former YCC Senator for TD.

 

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KAITY CHANDRIKA
SAAC DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION CHAIR

Director of Athletics

I'm a sophomore from Long Island, New York studying Sociology & Economics. I'm interested in pursuing a public interest legal career. Outside of the classroom, I'm student-athlete on Yale's Varsity Track & XC Teams and the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project. I also am apart of SAAC as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair.

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ARANZA RODRIGUEZ
CO-PRESIDENT OF LWAY

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Hi! My name is Aranza Rodriguez, and I’m a junior in Morse college majoring in Psychology. Currently, I serve as the co-president of LWAY (Latina Women at Yale), work closely with members of the Yale Schwarzman Center, am part of the Yale Alumni Fund Office of Development team, and conduct marketing research at the Yale School of Management. 

 

As a member of the One Yale team, I’m really excited about advocating for increased funding for cultural houses, increasing accessibility to menstrual products on campus, and serving as a voice for first-generation, low-income students like me.

 

In my free time, I enjoy thrifting, going on night walks, cleaning my room, blasting music on my headphones, and having late night talks with friends. 

AUSTIN MONTINI
STUDENT ATHLETE AND ENTREPRENEUR

Presidential Candidate

I'm Austin Montini, a Sophomore in Timothy Dwight studying Computer Science and Economics. I run cross country and track for Yale and I am the freshman mile record holder.

As the founder of One Yale Student-Athlete Advocacy, I am passionate about helping students reach their full potential, on and off the field. I love to build and start new enterprises. I lead two startups, as the founder of Arbor Ads Digital Marketing, and the co-founder of Vibe Web 3 Social Media. Aside from academics and athletics, I am active in the Yale Political Union and I love to draw, play wii, and hang out with friends.

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KYLE SHEPHERD
YCC TD SENATOR

Co-Campaign Manager

I am a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College from Westchester, New York. At Yale, I am intending to major in Cognitive Science, with a focus on psychology and public policy. This year, I served as the SSDP’s Director of Program Expansion and fostered the group’s collaborations with other organizations on campus! 

I also served as a YCC Senator for TD and advocated for increased mental health training and resources on campus

 

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CHANDRA FINCKE
FORMER PRESIDENT OF
WALDEN PEER COUNSELING

Director of Health and Accessibility

I am a junior majoring in Neuroscience, and I am the co-director of Walden Peer Counseling (2021-2022). I am passionate about mental health support for college students. With assistance from my co-director, I coordinated 1 year of Walden walk-in and hotline services (provided 8am-8pm every day classes are in session) for a cohort of 25 students, conducted annual training in tandem with the current Walden Faculty Advisor Dr. Debra Gregory, provided ongoing mentorship, support, and training to counselors throughout the year, presented Walden's services and progress through COVID to Yale Mental Health and Counseling, interviewed on behalf of Walden to numerous universities, organizations, academics, nonprofits, and media, created a novel Walden Workshop for the greater Yale community, and co-ran Walden’s recruitment for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years.

 

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LIZ FRAUSTO
PRESIDENT OF SUBE

Director of FGLI

Hi! I'm a Sophomore in Morse, studying Ethics, Politics, and Economics. My main extracurricular involvements are the Saint Thomas More Undergraduate Council, Sube (latine pre-professional organization) Co-President, Latina Women at Yale Treasurer, and Interpreter for New Haven Legal Aid Association.

I am interested in ensuring FGLI students have the resources they need to succeed on campus, increasing funding for cultural houses and codifying their presence on campus, and establishing and increasing access to better mental health resources. 

 

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