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. 

    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.

    Sarah Hill joins YSE with over a decade of experience in the health and wellness field. Her background is varied - from earning a Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Austin, to spending a year in a silent Episcopalian monastery in Boston, however spirituality and wellness have always been at the core of her work and studies. She brings work experience as a yoga teacher for 14 years, administrator & personal assistant to physicians, and she even sold running shoes for many years. 

    In the YSE Student Affairs department, Sarah’s intention is to interact and support a diverse group of students by offering wellness programming, making information and resources clear and accessible, and listening to students’ experiences so that we can celebrate the achievements and work to make changes in what is missing. 

    Outside of YSE, Sarah is usually with her two young girls, doing something yoga related, or working on immigration paperwork with her husband. She also takes weekly Swahili lessons, with the intention that her family becomes fully bilingual.

    Stefany Batista is a licensed clinical social worker in both the state of New York and Connecticut. Stefany earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Disaster Studies, and Black Studies from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2014 and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2016. Her experience includes working with children, adults and the elderly as well as populations of diverse ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and sexual orientation/identities. She has practiced social work in both hospitals and college settings.

    Stefany has volunteered her work both nationally and internationally especially in Haiti and Jamaica. She’s passionate and deeply committed to helping others achieve their greatest potential. Her social work practice has been focused on crisis intervention, psychotherapy, and group therapy through a holistic approach. Stefany particularly loves connecting with students to help them maximize their resources and provide support and counseling while navigating their professional studies. Stefany is bilingual in Spanish and English.