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.

Charlotte Murphy Environmental Policy ‘23, Trumbull College

Charlotte is excited to serve as EVST Student Director and lead the Peer Mentor Program this year. She is an Energy Studies scholar and is pursuing a certificate in Chinese. This summer, Charlotte received a Summer Environmental Fellowship to work on an environmental concept album of original songs, which she is continuing this semester with the LEAP Student Grant Program. Charlotte has served as Principal Harpist of the Yale Symphony Orchestra and Yale Concert Band. She also writes for CBEY’s Clean Energy Finance Forum, serves as senior advisor for the Florida organizing team at S4CD, and works for DPMP at DEFY and Yale SAS. Charlotte is really looking forward to planning (covid-safe) in-person events this year to help strengthen our community because she knows it is really one-of-a-kind and special to all of us. Please feel free to reach out with any and all questions or just to chat!!

Selin Goren Biodiversity and Conservation BS’24, Timothy Dwight College

Selin Goren is a rising junior at Yale College pursuing a B.S 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 content creator in the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the social media manager 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!

Bennett Hall Environmental Policy BA ‘23, Timothy Dwight College
Bennett is interested in sustainable finance and is passionate about harnessing the power of technology to create a more equitable and environmentally-friendly future. Through his work with the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, Bennett has published articles for the Conservation Finance Network spotlighting environmental start ups that are leading the charge in promoting growth in the ESG sector. He hopes to pursue a career at an investment firm specializing in clean energy solutions. He is also Chief of Staff for Rural Students Alliance at Yale and Captain for Yale Club Running.
Katie Schlick Environmental Policy BA ‘22, Silliman College
Katie has interests in disaster preparedness, emergency management, and humanitarianism. Her thesis research merges public health and political ecology approaches by focusing on the association between social network and mental health/chronic disease outcomes in people displaced from Puerto Rico after the 2017 hurricanes. Previously, Katie has worked with the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Yale Office of Sustainability, and she served as co-president of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition (YSEC) and Yale Project Bright. She received the Yale President’s Public Service Fellowship to work with Solar Youth in New Haven. Katie loves being an EVST major, and she hopes to work in government as a policymaker.
Elea Hewitt Environmental Justice BA ‘22, Branford College

Elea is excited about the potential of regenerative agriculture practices as a facet of the broader solution to the global climate crisis, and as a path forward to a more just and equitable future.  She is a senior, freshly returned from working on her family farm to implement these strategies first hand during the last year.  She plans to focus her senior essay on documenting land use and evaluating the potential for local foodshed independence in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.  On campus she is involved with the Endowment Justice Coalition and Association of Native Americans at Yale and their efforts to hold Yale accountable.  She has found incredible community within the Native American Cultural Center and the EVST major, and looks forward to helping others identify the resources which exist within the major and Yale at large.

Diego Meucci Energy & Climate BS ‘22, Grace Hopper College 


Diego Meucci  currently works for the Yale Carbon Containment Lab as a Student Researcher, aiding in project development and implementation. He is also a member of the Energy Studies Program, and was the Sustainability Liaison for Grace Hopper College. As a Liaison, he aimed to promote Earth Stewardship through a series of community-oriented events. Diego is a member of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition and a proud Senior Manager of Grace Hopper’s Buttery, The Trolley Stop. In his spare time, Diego enjoys street photography and watching movies, as well as taking his dog for long walks around New Haven.