College Aides

The College Aides are essential in helping the college run smoothly. Their base of operations is at the front desk in the Head of College’s Office, where they check out keys to the basement activity rooms; receive and distribute mail; maintain the college bulletin boards and website; conduct tours; handle forms and purchases (trips, spirit wear, etc.), and answer student questions. They help students who have been locked out of their suites and generally troubleshoot!

The Aides also work in the House at College Teas, Study Breaks, Mellon Forums, and the monthly Fellows’ dinners. College Aides also assist with the opening of the college and freshmen move-in at the beginning of the academic year and with commencement activities at the close of the academic year.

The aides interact with the Head of College and the Associate Head of College, the Head of College’s Senior Administrative Assistant, the Operations Manager, the House Service Assistant and of course each other. They are an integral part of college operations. 


Lana AppleLana Apple, GH ‘20
Co-Head Aide

Lana is a junior from Northern California majoring in History. She is also a member of the Education Studies program and when she’s not organizing everyone’s lives as a Head Aide and Hopper College Council president, she works at New Haven Reads and volunteers at Fair Haven School. Outside of class, Lana enjoys exploring the farmer’s market, relaxing in the courtyard, and baking in the Hopper kitchen with friends.


Pascale BronderPascale Bronder, GH ‘19
Co-Head Aide

Pascale is a senior from Washington D.C., pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Studies and is in the Energy Studies program. Other academic interests include language study (Mandarin, German, and French), regional history, statistics, international development, and sustainable finance. On campus, she is very involved in a cappella, singing with Something Extra and Whim n’ Rhythm. Living in Hopper has been an amazing part of Pascale’s experience at Yale, and she loves contributing to the community.


Tim BradleyTim Bradley, GH ‘21

Tim is a History major from New Haven. His other academic interests include public health and global affairs. Outside the classroom he is a member of the club water polo team and volunteers preparing taxes for low-income people in New Haven.


Lauren ChanLauren Chan, GH ‘21

Lauren is a sophomore English major from the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside of classes and her Hopper family, Lauren is involved in religious life on campus with Yale Students for Christ, interfaith study groups, and her role as a peer liaison through the Chaplain’s Office. Lauren enjoys practicing and teaching yoga and running on streets and trails all around New Haven. When she’s not hanging out in Hopper, Lauren can be found in La Casa Cultural or the Asian American Cultural Center reading a good book or writing something new.


Shamsa DerrickShamsa Derrick, GH ‘20

Shamsa is a Political Science and ER&M double major from New York and a proud member of Grace Hopper College! She has studied Portuguese and Spanish and is interested in refugee and immigration policy. In addition to working as a college aide she is involved with the Yale Black Women’s Coalition, Fair Haven Tutoring, Danceworks, and the Yale Refugee Project.


Savannah DiGiovannSavannah DiGiovanni, GH ‘20

Shamsa is a Political Science and ER&M double major from New York and a proud member of Grace Hopper College! She has studied Portuguese and Spanish and is interested in refugee and immigration policy. In addition to working as a college aide she is involved with the Yale Black Women’s Coalition, Fair Haven Tutoring, Danceworks, and the Yale Refugee Project.


Canaan HarriCanaan Harris, GH ‘20

Canaan is a junior from Mississippi majoring in Global Affairs. His academic interests include military history, U.S. foreign policy, international relations theory, and developmental economics. In addition to being a college aide, Canaan also works in the Hopper College Buttery and as a research assistant studying counterinsurgency.


Chris HaysChris Hays, GH ‘20

Chris is a junior majoring in American Studies and Computer Science. He is from Charlottesville, Virginia. His interests include urban sociology, tech, data politics, literature, and the many intersections thereof. Outside of class, he enjoys editing for The New Journal and playing tennis.


Yvonne HoYvonne Ho, GH ‘21

Yvonne is a sophomore at Yale College from Orange County, California studying Economics and Statistics and Data Science. After matriculating to Yale College, Yvonne has become very involved in Grace Hopper college. Yvonne serves on the Hopper College Council as the student activities chair, planning social and bonding events for all years. She is also an intramural secretary, where she hypes up Hopper underclassmen and destroys other IM teams on the soccer field. When she’s not at the Hopper buttery, library, computer cluster, or courtyard, you can find Yvonne at the events hosted by the Yale Taiwanese American Society. Her random interests include Disney Movies, online shopping, and coconut water.


Caleb KassaCaleb Kassa, GH ‘20

Caleb is a junior studying Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics. Outside of the classroom he is on the Club Basketball Team, a mentor at Celentano Middle School through JZ-AMP, and a CCE. In his free time, when he’s not lamenting about his quarter life crisis, he loves watching rom-coms with his fellow friends in Hopper!


Alex LiangAlex Liang, GH ‘21

Alex is a sophomore from Houston, TX. He’s undecided about his major, but promises that he’ll have one soon! Aside from being a College Aide, he is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Alex is also an Eagle Scout, and in high school, played in a bagpipe band that competed around the world. So, if you hear bagpipes on campus, it might be Alex. Fun fact: Alex performed with The Piano Guys at one of their concerts. If you see Alex around Hopper, ask him about airplanes and airlines, and he’ll tell you more than you’d ever want to know about them.


Dalia MoallemDalia Moallem, GH ‘21

Dalia is a sophomore from New Rochelle, NY majoring in psychology. She is an absolute foodie and loves exploring new restaurants in New Haven. Dalia is involved in the Slifka Center for Jewish life on campus and Challah for Hunger, a group that bakes to combat food insecurity. During her free time, Dalia enjoys practicing yoga or going to the beach. She is so excited to be living in Hopper this year!


Kathryn SchmechelKathryn Schmechel, GH ‘21

Kathryn is a sophomore planning on double majoring in History and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. When she’s not spending hours eating and chatting around the circle tables with her friends in the Hopper dining hall or working in the Hopper library, Kathryn can be found working with 5a, a group dedicated to the facilitation of conversations about diversity on Yale’s campus, or attending her friends’ various performances (theatrical, musical, or otherwise). Kathryn’s favorite place in Hopper is the courtyard on a beautiful spring day.

Anand SwaminathanAnand Swaminathan, GH ‘19

Anand is a senior majoring in Ethics, Politics, & Economics. He is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. Outside of class, he enjoys working in policy research with the Yale Roosevelt Institute and competing with the Model United Nations Team. His interests include NBA basketball, philosophy, political economy, and making Angela McCray happy :)


√Amber Young, GH ‘21

Amber Young is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia, and she is majoring in mechanical engineering. On campus, Amber is the co-president of Steppin’ Out, Yale’s one and only step team. She also is a 5a Facilitator and a Public School Intern at the Fair Haven School. This semester, she will also begin working in the Trolley Stop. In her free time, Amber loves watching The Office and discussing any topic related to Chick-fil-A!