Student Affairs

With students at the heart of all that we do, the Office of Student Affairs creates holistic learning opportunities, programs and services that prepare environmentally focused students to lead, serve and become engaged members of a global society.

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    Our goal is to provide developmental advising and mentoring as we help YSE students identify and understand the resources and options available, empowering them to make more informed choices that facilitate opportunities to help find a sense of belonging and build relationships across differences. In this process, we hope to foster wellbeing, leadership, and life skills so that they can thrive personally and intellectually at YSE and beyond.

    The Office of Student Affairs seeks to be transparent in the way we do our work and to engage with students and colleagues in ways that improve the services we provide and the experiences of all the students we serve. 

    Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Andrés Fernández Álvarez joined YSE in June 2021. Prior to Yale, Andrés was an Associate Dean at Brown University, an Assistant Dean at Oberlin College, an Assistant Director of MBA Admissions at Columbia University, an Advisor for Global Programs at New York University, the Translator to the Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations and a Project Manager in a Refugee Camp in Zambia. He hopes to provide developmental advising/mentoring and helping students identify and understand their resources and options, empowering them to make more informed choices, facilitating opportunities to find a sense of belonging and to build relationships across differences. 

    Lauren Horner joined YSE in July 2022. Prior to YSE, Lauren served as a Health Educator at Yale Health focusing on health and wellness programming and supporting students 1-on-1 with lifestyle management. Lauren is committed to improving the connection, well-being, and belonging of students by encouraging them to embrace their passions and reach their highest potential outside of the classroom. She hopes to partner with students in helping them overcome obstacles while providing motivation, support, and resources.

    Энэ өдрийн мэнд (Good Day): As someone with an international background — I was born in Mongolia and raised in Ireland —I am your international friend and colleague. I grew up in an area where I experienced environmental issues, such as air pollution, firsthand and it is a privilege to be part of an academic community working on solutions. 

    I have worked in higher education since 2015, both abroad and in the states, assisting international students in admissions and student affairs. It is my belief that respecting and understanding our differences regardless of our backgrounds is an essential component of supporting students.  

    When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling with my family and exploring new places we haven’t been before, making eye-opening discoveries and life-long memories.  

    It is my honor to be part of YSE where the possibilities of making an impact are endless.

    Mia Wilson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and embedded therapist for both the Yale Law School and Yale School of the Environment. Mia graduated with her MSW from New York University and completed a fellowship in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at Boston Children’s Hospital. Mia has experience with a variety of populations and settings including crisis, residential, university, and in-home. Her philosophy is that people grow and change often throughout the course of their lives. They experience challenges and transitions and may benefit from extra unbiased support.  Her approaches include insight-oriented therapy, CBT, trauma focused, and person-centered therapy.

    Mia will be available to meet with YSE students: Schedule an appointment. If you do not see a time that works for you please email Mia so you can attempt to find a time.

    If you need immediate assistance please call 911 or the Acute Care line at 203-432-0290 to speak with an on-call clinician.

    Cristina joined YSE in 2017 as an administrative assistant providing support to the Student Affairs and Registrar offices. When Cristina isn’t working she can be found trying new restaurants, exercising, or watching her favorite HGTV home improvement shows.



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