Kelsi Caywood (TD ’18) is a junior studying political science with – unsurprisingly – a focus on international relations. Originally from Michigan, Kelsi took a gap year to South Korea before college. Before serving as the President of YIRA, Kelsi was the Secretary-General of Yale Model United Nations Korea and competed on the Model United Nations team. Outside of YIRA, Kelsi is a leader within the Yale Divinity School’s Life Worth Living Fellowship, the philanthropy director for her sorority, and a research assistant at the Yale School of Management. She loves hiking, art, and crazy pants.
Mikaela Rabb, Vice President
Mikaela is a junior double majoring in Global Affairs and Ethnicity, Race & Migration with a interest in post-conflict reconstruction. While from the music city capital of the world, Nashville, Tennessee, she is not a fan of country music, but loves finding the perfect Drake quote for her Instagram photos. Passionate about the intersection of education and international affairs, she is former Director of Hemispheres and always has the perfect Marxist meme for her students. Within YIRA, she has been involved with nearly every conference besides YMUN China and Korea, but her favorite is a close tie between UNESCO for YMUN Taiwan and "Hip- Hop Illuminati" for SCSY. She also is the chair of the Yale Spring Fling Committee, responsible for hosting the largest party at Yale! She looks forward to crafting a strong YIRA community, through research trips, social events, and laughter, so if you're interested, please feel free to contact her at email@example.com.
Rebecca Persson, Secretary
Rebecca is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College hoping to major in Global Affairs or Political Science. Rebecca grew up in Taiwan, but has spent the majority of her life traveling between Taiwan, Sweden, and the UK -- which has definitely fostered in her an ever-increasing appreciation for airports, sampling new cuisines, and exploring the world! Other than serving as Secretary for Yale's International Relations Association, Rebecca is also involved in other YIRA constituent programs, having served as this past year's ASG of Domestic Delegations for YMUN, the USG of Marketing for YMUN Korea, the USG of Sponsorship for SCSY and the USG of Conference for Yale Model Government Europe. She is also a member of Yale's competitive Model UN team. Outside of YIRA, Rebecca also loves eating blueberry pancakes, drinking lemon-ginger tea and telling herself that today's the day she's going to go to the gym.
Shreyas Tirumala, Treasurer
Shreyas Tirumala is a junior in Trumbull College who is double majoring in Computer Science and Economics. He hails from sunny Los Angeles, California and misses the beach terribly. When he's not managing YIRA's finances, he's usually busy competing with Yale's traveling MUN team (MUNTY), writing columns for the Yale Daily News, debating at the Yale Political Union, or serving as a teaching assistant for CS50.
Michael Carden, YMUN Secretary General
Michael Carden is the Secretary-General of YMUN XLIII. Michael is a junior in Silliman College, studying Political Science. Originally from Port Washington, New York, Michael spent eleven years in Paris, France, and graduated from the American School of Paris. Outside of YIRA, Michael has worked for the Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice and was a speaker at TEDxYale 2015. In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with friends and watching baseball (the NY Mets specifically).
Arvin Anoop, SCSY Secretary General
Arvin Anoop is a junior majoring in Chemistry and Global Affairs originally from Karachi, Pakistan. Before coming to Yale, he was deeply involved in competitive Model UN, consistently opting to do UNSC and performing well at conferences like Harvard MUN. He currently serves as Secretary General for YIRA's only 40-years old college level conference, the Security Council Simulation at Yale (SCSY) and has also previously worked as the Co-Director for Hemispheres, our international relations teaching program and as a USG for YMUN. Other than that, he performs in a South Asian dance group called MonstRAASity and does business consulting. In his free time (which has been pretty elusive for the past two years) he enjoys travel, playing Badminton and discovering new (mostly chocolate) desserts
Yoojin Han, YMUNK Secretary General
Yoojin Han is a sophomore in Berkeley College at Yale, considering Global Affairs and History as her majors. Born and raised in Korea, she has been fascinated by the delicate international relations in East Asia, and her desire to further her knowledge in IR has prompted her to join YIRA. She is thrilled to continue her involvement in Yale Model United Nations Korea as Secretary-General, in which she previously served as Under-secretary General of Domestic Delegations. She has also been involved in a variety of other YIRA constituent programs, chairing in SCSY and YMUN, serving as Undersecretary General for YMUN and IRSY, and working as editor for YRIS. Apart from YIRA, she is also treasurer of the Yale Kendo Club and Hanppuri (Yale Korean international students' organization), and has been running a blog on Korean education for eight years. During her free time, she can be found listening to music while sipping tea, or searching for good restaurants and cafes with her other foodie friends.
Staphany Hou, YMUNT Secretary General
Staphany Hou is a junior in Trumbull College, majoring in Global Affairs. She is the Secretary-General of Yale Model United Nations Taiwan IV, and this will be her third year returning to the conference. Within YIRA, Staphany has also worked on YMUN, SCSY, IRSY, and YMGE in various capacities. In her free time, Staphany enjoys discovering amazing restaurants, drinking earl grey tea, and looking for her next trip on Google Flights.
Alexandra Small, YMGE Co-President
Alexandra Small is a junior in Silliman College from Connecticut. She is majoring in Global Affairs, with a focus on international development, and Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Within the Yale International Relations Association, she has organized Model UN conferences in Taiwan and China and currently serves as President of Yale Model Government Europe in Hungary. In addition to working on organizing Yale’s Model UN and Model Government conferences for high school students, she also participates in various political groups on campus and served as the Chairman of a political party within the Yale Political Union last semester. In her spare time, Alexandra can be found doing yoga, running, or baking. Since she is from Connecticut, she loves taking the short trip home from Yale to spend time with her family and two dogs.
Mike Yoon, YMGE Co-President
Mike is a junior in Silliman College from both South Korea as well as the beautiful island of Guam. He is double majoring in East Asian Studies and Political Science with a focus on Japan Korea relations. Within YIRA Mike is currently the Co-President of YMGE and has been on the secretariats of YMUN, YMUN Korea, YMUN Taiwan, and YMUN China. In his free time Mike enjoys going out to the city to eat atall sorts of restaurants and dessert spots. In his spare time on campus, he can be found drinking coffee, cooking, or eating out at one of New Haven’s great restaurants.
Andrea Fleming, MUNTY Head Delegate
Andrea Fleming is this year's Head Delegate of the Model United Nations Team at Yale (MUNTY)–Yale's only competitive Model U.N. team. A junior majoring in American Studies, Andrea focuses her academic studies around narratives of historical and institutional injustice in the 20th century United States. To delve deeper into these interests, Andrea hopes to one day attend law school, and so devotes her summers and free time to performing legal research. Andrea lives in Bedford, NY along with her family, which includes four dogs of inversely related sizes and ferocity levels. To relax, Andrea enjoys reading Dick Francis novels, watching re-runs of The West Wing, or baking anything that lists chocolate as an ingredient.
Lisa Qian, Director of Hemispheres
Lisa Qian is a sophomore in Silliman from Ann Arbor, Michigan. At Yale, she studies economics and Southeast Asian Studies, with particular interests in development, technology and human rights. Outside of YIRA, Lisa is also a Production & Design Editor at the Yale Daily News, as well as co-captain of the club figure skating team. Her hobbies include teaching, writing and traveling.
Stephen Mettler, Editor-in-Chief of YRIS
Stephen is a junior in Saybrook studying Global Affairs. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Review of International Studies and a member of Yale's Model UN team, as well as one of the captains of Yale Club Hockey. He was born in Chicago but lived in London from about six months to five years of age. When his family moved back to the US he missed eligibility for UK citizenship by six months, and lost his British accent soon afterwards. He has lived in Connecticut ever since. Stephen started last summer with the 10-day Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative, a student-run trip to Israel and the West Bank to research the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When he returned, he spent the rest of the summer in NYC, interning at a business intelligence firm called Diligence.