Woodbridge Fellowship

Established in 2005 by President Richard C. Levin, the Woodbridge Fellowship introduces recent Yale College graduates to the work and administration of Yale, providing valuable professional experience for potential careers in academia—whether as a faculty member or as an administrator. The program seeks fellows from a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and fields.

Fellowships include a full-time paid position in the offices of a university leader, reporting to a senior member of that person’s staff. Departments host Fellows for up to one year following their Yale College graduation. The university leader is expected to take an active interest in the Woodbridge Fellow’s professional development during their service on the leader’s team. 

In addition, Fellows participate in a monthly speakers program that provides them with the opportunity to meet as a group with the president, the provost, the dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, and other university leaders. These conversations about roles and responsibilities, and the career paths that led people into academic administration, give Fellows a broad understanding of many facets of academic administration.

Profiles of the 2016 – 2017 Fellows can be found below.

For prospective fellows

If you are interested in becoming a 2017-2018 Woodbridge Fellow, please submit the following materials to the Office of the Secretary via e-mail at secretary.office@yale.edu by February 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM:

  1. Your resume
  2. Unofficial transcript (screenshots from Yale Student Information System are acceptable. However, please make sure that all of the screenshots are compiled into one file)
  3. A statement of interest (500 words or less) answering the following prompt: “Why are you interested in the Woodbridge Fellowship? What do you hope to gain from the experience?”

If you have any further questions about the Fellowship, please email secretary.office@yale.edu.

For prospective host departments

If you are interested in hosting a Woodbridge Fellow for your office, please email secretary.office@yale.edu by December 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

 

Current Woodbridge Fellows

Renee Bollier
Office of International Affairs

Renee supports and publicizes the university’s internationalization efforts, with a particular focus on the positioning strategy and social media presence of the Office of International Affairs. Renee’s background is in content creation, graphic design, and digital media. As an undergraduate, she worked for the Yale Daily News and Yale Student Technology Collaborative and was also involved with the Saybrook College Orchestra and the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project. Renee graduated from Yale College in May 2016 with a B.A. in English.

Amanda Stephanie R. Farrell
Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Amanda supports Yale’s efforts to foster a vibrant campus culture that is centered on wellness and mutual support. Her work includes publicizing The Wellness Project, advising the Committee on Art in Public Spaces, and supporting other student life endeavors across the university. She also supports the Yale student leadership and facilitates the production of certain university events such as the Dwight H. Terry Lectures. As an undergraduate, Amanda was a researcher in the Valerie Horsley lab. She also served as the Head Freshman Counselor for Calhoun College, was a member of the Teeth Slam Poets, and worked in the Calhoun Trolley Stop. Amanda graduated from Yale in May 2016 with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

Beata Fiszer
Office of Sustainability

Beata promotes and supports campus sustainability efforts through projects, including the monthly sustainability campaign, Celebrate Sustainability, and Spring Salvage. She graduated with a B.S. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University in May 2014, continuing on to complete a five-year degree program at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). Before beginning her graduate studies at Yale F&ES, Beata spent a year in Sitka, Alaska as a GIS & Education Fellow for the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association. At Yale F&ES, Beata focused her studies on water management in urban settings. The summer after graduating, she started working with Yale Facilities, updating Yale’s Water Management Plan. Beata received a Master of Environmental Management from Yale F&ES in May 2016.

Dianne Lake
Office of International Affairs

Dianne supports events and communications for the Yale Africa Initiative, coordinates engagements for high-level African visitors, supports African student life, and organizes international programming for Yale students and faculty. Previously, Dianne was the Secretary General of the Yale Undergraduate Association for African Peace and Development (YAAPD) and an assistant to the Gruber Program for Women’s Rights and Global Justice at Yale Law School. Dianne graduated from Yale College in May 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Mustafa Malik
Chaplain’s Office

Mustafa plays a dynamic role in aiding the many chaplains, spiritual leaders, and religious directors that reside at Yale. He helps to promote a diverse, tolerant, and welcoming community for undergraduate and graduate students both involved and uninvolved with a specific religious community at Yale. The Chaplain’s Office prides itself on being a home away from home for many students, and Mustafa plays an integral role in establishing that environment through the many programs he helps coordinate. These include IFFY (The Interfaith Forum at Yale), the Yale Chaplaincy Fellowship, and the office’s many social media accounts. During his undergraduate time at Yale, Mustafa was the Head Freshman Counselor for Ezra Stiles College, started his own food startup with the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, and worked to promote a positive interfaith dialogue through his leadership in the Muslim Students Association. Mustafa received his B.A. in Political Science in 2016 and looks to apply to law school in the near future.

Esther Portyansky
Office of General Counsel

Esther Portyansky does policy research and drafts documents related to both law and legislation for the Office of Federal Relations and other subsections of the Yale Office of General Counsel. As an undergraduate, she sang with both the Yale Glee Club and her a cappella group, Magevet, and she is excited to attend both groups’ concerts this year as a member of the audience. Esther was born and raised in Queens, and she looks forward to coming back to New York in August 2017, when she will matriculate at Columbia Law School. Esther graduated with a B.A. in History in 2016.

Keni Sabath
Center for Teaching and Learning

Keni Sabath works with the Faculty Teaching Initiatives ​Team at the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning. She studies pedagogical issues in higher education and strategizes ways to strengthen teaching culture at Yale. Her primary duties include (1) researching and writing documents for faculty regarding higher education pedagogy, policy, and practice; (2) organizing and analyzing observational data on classroom dynamics and teaching practices at Yale; (3) conducting small group feedback sessions with undergraduate students to assess teaching; and (4) helping faculty to interpret assessment results and respond accordingly. As an undergraduate, Keni worked on the Executive Board of the Yale Women’s Center (the campus’ umbrella feminist organization) and served as President of Global Zero (an international nuclear disarmament advocacy group). In May 2016, Keni graduated ​from Yale College as a double-major in American Studies and Political Science. ​

Kyle Sevel
Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Kyle provides leadership for university events and supports the office’s communications initiatives. He assists with the planning and execution of Founders Day, Commencement, and other ceremonies and events throughout the year. Kyle also maintains the Student Life page and other office websites, helps with branding and marketing of wellness initiatives, and works on other special communications projects. As an undergraduate, Kyle held various leadership positions in his a cappella group, Magevet, and was an editor for Spoon University, Yale’s online publication covering food-related content. He also conducted research at the Yale School of Management Behavioral Lab and was a Community Health Educator. Kyle graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Yale College in May 2016.

Karin Shedd
Office of Public Affairs and Communications

Karin shoots and edits videos for YaleNews, as well as writing the occasional story. As an undergraduate, Karin was a self-professed “IM Queen,” playing every intramural sport and serving as captain of the (undefeated) inner tube water polo team for her residential college, Berkeley. Her proudest collegiate moment was when Berkeley won the Tyng Cup in 2016 after not winning it since the mid-1950s. When not at the IM fields, she worked as a Head of College Aide and attended Sabrosura shows. She graduated with a B.A. in History in May 2016.

Christian Soler
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office

Christian works with administration in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, specifically on communications strategies and projects. Through the course of his fellowship, he will assist in developing broad communications platforms between the office and faculty, manage the FAS Dean’s web presence, and contribute to broader faculty-related efforts. As an undergraduate, Christian worked with a number of on-campus publications and received a B.A. in English from Yale College in May 2016.

Past Woodbridge Fellows

Román Castellanos-Monfil, Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Elena Gonzalez, Office of Development
Tiffany Ho, Office of International Affairs
Maxwell Knapp, Office of Sustainability
Christian Maxwell, Chaplain’s Office
Matthew Ribeiro, Office of the Deputy Vice President for Human Resources and Administration
Sara Samuel, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Ifeanyi Awachie, Office of International Affairs
Armando Ghinaglia, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life
Isadora Italia, Office of International Affairs
Ryan Laemel, Office of Sustainability
Christian Maxwell, Chaplain’s Office
Aubrey Renault, Office of International Students and Scholars
Wazhma Sadat, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Jack Zhao, Office of the Deputy Vice President for Human Resources and Administration

Marj Berman, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life
Abigail Braden, Chaplain’s Office
Leslie Bull, Office of International Affairs
Omar Dairanieh, Office of Public Affairs & Communications
Lily Lewis-McNeil, Office of Development
Ryan Mendias, Office of Digital Dissemination and Online Education
So Yoon Sim, Office of International Affairs
Christian Vazquez, Office of the Deputy Vice President for Human Resources and Administration

Aala Abdelgadir, Office of International Affairs
Katie Carmody, Association of Yale Alumni
David Demres, Yale-NUS College
Bezawit Getachew, Office of Administration
Brandon Levin, Office of the Vice President
Jennifer Mosby, West Campus Administration
Julia Myers, Office of Public Affairs & Communications
Umar Qadri, Office of the Chaplaincy
Emmanuel Quartey, Office of Public Affairs & Communications
Erin Schutte, Office of International Affairs
Chandrika Srivastava, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Sarika Arya, Office of International Affairs
David Demres, Yale-NUS College
Grace Fisher, Office of the Secretary
George Harris, Office of International Affairs
Faye Maison, Association of Yale Alumni
Ivy Onyeador, Office of the Chaplaincy

Adam Haliburton, Office of Federal Relations
Khadija Khan, Office of Administration
Neli Lazarova, Office of International Affairs

Erin Johnson, Office of the Secretary
Amy Jones, Office of the General Counsel
Neli Lazarova, Office of International Affairs

Fiza Ahmed, Office of International Affairs
Jamal Fulton, Office of Administration
Deeona Gaskin, Office of the General Counsel
Erin Johnson, Office of Public Affairs
Yuan Ren, Office of International Affairs
Clairelise Rodriguez, Office of Federal Relations
Altaf Saadi, Office of the Chaplaincy
Adam Scharfman, Office of International Affairs
Thuy Tran, Office of Development

Yusuf Samara, Office of International Students & Scholars and Office of International Affairs
Ricardo Sandoval, Office of New Haven and State Affairs
Iris Shih, Office of the University Printer
Erin Thomas, Office of the President and Office of the Secretary
Lauren Thompson, Office of the General Counsel
Luis Vasquez, Office of Public Affairs

Yusuf Samara, Office of International Students & Scholars and Office of International Affairs
Ricardo Sandoval, Office of New Haven and State Affairs
Lauren Thompson, Office of the Secretary

Lauren Thompson, Office of the Secretary