Peer Mentor Program

2022-2023 Peer Mentors

To more effectively disseminate valuable information regarding the major, the Yale College Dean Office has established an informal peer mentoring system. Peer mentors are trained to convey advice and information to their peers, as a way of increasing and diversifying mentoring resources within majors. Environmental Studies peer mentors meet with prospective and current majors to provide advice and information regarding EVST. They can answer questions about what it’s like to major in EVST, what classes you may wish to take in the major, and how to find your concentration courses. First-year and sophomore students are encouraged to contact EVST Mentors with questions about EVST.

Selin Goren Energy and Climate BS’24, Timothy Dwight College

Selin Goren is a rising junior at Yale College pursuing a BS degree in Environmental Studies, a certificate in Energy Studies, and an advanced language certificate in Spanish. She’s from Turkey and is engaged in climate advocacy in her hometown, Istanbul. She’s passionate about the green energy transition of companies and cities, youth participation in climate politics, along with  the intersectionality of environmental justice. At Yale, she’s working as a Sustainability Liaison in TD College and the Student Director for EVST.  This summer, she is interning at Yale Carbon Containment Lab. Outside of classes, Selin can be found acting, dancing, bird-watching, or chatting with her friends in the Timothy Dwight College courtyard. Selin is so happy to be a part of the EVST community and excited to help students navigate the various EVST classes and opportunities this year!
Emily Horgen Sustainability and Natural Resources BA’24, Silliman College
 
Emily is a junior double-majoring in EVST and East Asian Studies. She is concentrating in sustainability and natural resources and is specifically interested in the intersection between finance and the clean energy sector. Emily started her environmental journey working for a nonprofit called the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book called Lee the Sea Turtle Swims Free in English and Chinese to spread awareness about sea turtle conservation in Southern China, where sea turtles are poached for their meat and shells. Last summer, Emily interned in the office of Senator Blumenthal in Washington, D.C., where
she wrote policy memorandums to inform staffers on important environmental issues. This coming summer, Emily plans to work in New York at Decarbonization Partners, a joint-venture between Blackrock and Singapore-based Temasek, where she will invest in emerging climate technologies. On campus, Emily enjoys painting, running with friends, and spending time at the Yale Farm. She can’t wait to be an EVST peer mentor, and feel free to reach out with any questions you have!
 
Ellie Jose Forest Science and Ecology BS’23, Pierson College 
 
Ellie is passionate about using developments in forest science and ecology to inform sustainable forest management, and vice versa. She has spent two summers at Yale Myers Forest conducting independent research, a place she considers to be a home away from home. Ellie is a captain of Yale Ramona (the women’s ultimate frisbee team), a Pierson IM Secretary, a FOOT leader, and undergraduate researcher through the Yale School of the Environment. Outside of Yale, Ellie competes internationally with steel bands, is a Director at Students for Gun Legislation, and is a political organizer at many levels of government. She is excited to continue her relationship with the EVST program and all of the people in it! Feel free to email her with any questions, comments, or ideas!

Ben Everett-Lane Energy & Climate BS‘24, Berkeley College 

Ben is a junior majoring on the Energy & Climate BS track also pursuing certificates in Chinese and Statistics & Data Science with specific interests in climate science and communication. Ben currently works as a research assistant for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. He has previously worked as an assistant editor, reviewer, and co-author for YSE Professor Florencia Montagnini on her conservation book, research assistant for YCELP on their 2022 EPI report, conference planner for the IUCN, and wilderness trips leader for Overland. This summer Ben worked for WildRoots-India, an environmental education organization based in Guwahati, to help plan and run India’s first youth climate and conservation fellowship program. Ben is incredibly excited to get to know all the other wonderful people in the EVST community, so please reach out if you have any questions at all or just want to get a meal!

Bella Rosado Biodiversity and Conservation B.S’23, Berkeley College

Bella Rosado is a member of BK Class of 2023. She is completing a BS Degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Biodiversity and Conservation. Growing up in the Bay Area, CA, her interests in wildlife ecology and environmental justice continued at Yale, where she has studied the importance of saline lakes on migratory birds in Oregon, the impacts of climate change on traditional practices of indigenous groups in Namibia, and the changes within trophic levels in kelp forests in Santa Cruz. She currently lives in Bend, Oregon and she’s completing her senior thesis with the Burke/Lauenroth Lab at YSE titled: The impact of mastication on the spatial distribution of soil carbon and nitrogen in a sagebrush steppe landscape. She is thrilled to be an EVST mentor this year and she’s always happy to connect about anything environmental related!