NACC Student Staff work at the Center during open hours (4:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday through Firday) and assist with publicity, planning and coordinating events, and maintaining the NACC facilities.
School: Yale School of Music 2023
Hometown: Crete, Illinois
Native Nation: Taíno
Cabrera (she/hers) is a first year masters student at the Yale School of Music, and she is excited to be a part of the NACC Student Staff team! When she isn’t practicing viola, can usually be found hiking, advocating for social and environmental justice, gaming, participating in cultural and educational events with her yukayeke (native community) Higuayagua, and snuggling with her Scottish Terrier named Maizy.
Yazmeen Wardman (she/hers) is a first year at the Yale School of Public Health in the Social and Behavioural Sciences Department, and she is excited to join the NACC team! Outside of the classroom, you can find Yazmeen exploring different coffee shops, watching Korean dramas and listening to podcasts.
Sandra Amezcua Rocha
Jonathan Edwards 23’
Hometown: El Monte, California
Major: Environmental Studies
Native Nation: P’urhépecha and Nahua
Sandi (she/hers) is excited to work with the Indigenous community at Yale. She loves to cook her traditional food as well as try new recipes at theand La Casa while teaching and sharing stories/music with others. When she’s not cooking or eating, she’s learning and thinking about the relationships between Indigenous food sovereignty and environmental health. At Yale, she’s part of several peer mentoring/teaching programs and ballet folklorico mexicano.
Ezra Stiles College ‘23
Hometime: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Majors: African Studies and Political Science
Native Nation: Cherokee Nation and Choctaw Nation
McKenzie is a junior in Ezra Stiles College double majoring in African Studies and Political Science. Outside of House, McKenzie is secretary of Association of Native Americans at Yale, a member of the Yale Cheerleading team, and groups around campus including YUPP, Women’s Leadership Initiative, and Yale Dems. In her free time she loves picnicking, reading YA, and watching unrealistic period pieces on Netflix!
Hometown: Skiatook, Oklahoma
Tribal Nation: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Osage Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe
is a sophomore in Morse College from Skiatook, Oklahoma. He previously served as an NACC First-Year Liaison before joining House Staff. Within the Yale Native community, is the president of Red Territory and an ANAAY bonding coordinator. Outside of the NACC, is a member of the Lux Improvitas Improv Comedy Troupe. In his free time, can be found unwinding in the NACC, participating in Morse IMs, or watching cartoons.
Benjamin Franklin ‘22
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Major: American Studies & German Studies
Native Nation: Shawnee
My studies as an undergraduate at Yale concentrate on international cooperation and inequities within global markets through a trans-Atlantic double major of American & German Studies. As a MacMillan Center Language Fellow and Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar, I have had the privilege of studying abroad in Germany and Tanzania to improve foreign language skills, cultivate cross-cultural fluency, and conduct community service. I am additionally passionate about disability advocacy in the academic sphere as a Disability Peer Mentor for Student Accessibility Services and previously as an Exceptional Child Instructional Assistant in my hometown’s public school district while on leave of absence. In my downtime, I enjoy playing sports with friends, composing music, and long walks with my puppy.
Hometown: Elawodi (Cherokee, North Carolina)
Major: American Studies
Native Nation: Anikituwagi (Cherokee)
Nolan has been a member of the NACC House Staff since 2018, this year managing the newsletter, social media accounts, and a number of community events and seminars. In addition to House Staff, he’s a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow in American Studies. On campus, he’s an active member of ANAAY and a founding member of Indigenous + Queer. He enjoys anything outdoors, but takes special interest in gardening Indigenous foods like corn, squash, gourds, and beans. Reach out to talk about the newsletter, NACC events, gardening, or to grab socially-distanced coffee.
Hometown: Beggs, Oklahoma, I.T.
Major: American Studies
Native Nation: Mvskoke, Chickasaw, and Apsaalooke (Crow)
Jay Fife is a senior Mvskoke student from Beggs, Oklahoma. Jay is a Yale College Bouchet Fellow majoring in American Studies with a concreation in Politics and American Communities. As a Bouchet Fellow, Jay’s research examines how Christinaity altered and influenced the Mvskoke language while analyzing how Christianity continues to subvert language, sovereignty, and identity within the Mvskoke Nation. He grew up on the Mvskoke Reservation and comes from the Oce Vpofv Tribal town and Hotvlkvlke (Wind) Clan. At Yale, Jay works for Davenport College as a student aide and the NACC as a house staffer. You can find Jay at the Yale Divinity School, Davenport College, Commons, or any building on High Street!
Turtle Mountain Ojibwe & Gujarati American
Benjamin Franklin ‘22
Hometown: Newport Beach, California
Major: Environmental Science and Art
Native Nation: Cherokee
Catherine Webb is a sophomore in Benjamin Franklin and is double majoring in Environmental Science and Art. She is the liaison between the NACC and the Yale Sustainable Food Project, and is very passionate about indigenous agriculture. Outside of her work with the NACC and YSFP, she competes on the Yale sailing team and is apart the Diversity and Inclusion division of the Student Athlete Advisory Council.