Stiles Aides

Office Aides

Stiles Office Aides are stewards and ambassadors of the Ezra Stiles Community.  They are responsible for sorting mail and packages, running the DVD and Game Library, dispensing candy, helping with room lockouts, and organizing Fiesta Fridays in the College Office. Aides also help work Teas, fellows’ dinners, study breaks, and other Stiles events.

Nareen Barwari

Nareen is a Senior Stilesian who hails from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is a proud midwesterner but does not mind being on the east coast (though she has very aggressive feelings about the rain here). She is a political science major but has very broad interests so you can catch her in a wide variety of classes! Nareen is a candy expert, iced coffee lover, and all around fan of anything with sugar. She considers herself an expert binge-watcher of all TV shows, however classes sometimes get in the way of that. When she isn’t in the office, she is working with Camp Kesem, representing Stiles on YCCs’ class councils, or watching cheesy movies with her KKG sorority sisters. Nareen loves meeting new people so stop by the office and discuss the best candies or your favorite Netflix show with her! 

Reta Behnam

Reta is a Senior from sunny San Diego majoring in psychology on the neuroscience track. When she’s not learning about what makes moose tick or studying at various coffee shops she’s running around campus attending Camp Kesem meetings and working in the CANDLab. Random fun fact #1: When Reta first found out she got into Yale the residential college she wanted to be placed in was Stiles because she thought Medieval (K)night was a hilarious tradition. Fast forward two years and she can confirm it’s a lot of fun! Random fun fact #2: She loves rom-coms and has seen far too many (Top 3: The Proposal, When Harry Meets Sally, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) but knows there are so many more out there so please stop by the office and chat with her about your favorites!

Richard Cardoso

Richard is a sophomore and a proud Stilesian who is planning to double major in Latin American Studies and Global Affairs. While his family is originally from Mexico and he has spoken Spanish for his entire life, Richard is still learning how to roll his Rs :( When he is not practicing that, he loves to explore New Haven with friends, write poetry with ¡Oye!, and pretend to study in the Stiles Library. He is always available to grab a cup of coffee or talk about Star Wars, philosophy, or his home state of Texas! Yee Haw 

Ben Cifu

Ben is a sophomore Stilesian who hails from Chicago (who will spend 20 minutes convincing you why it is the best city in the world). He is an aspiring CS+Math major who is also doing pre-med. When he is not spending time studying in a library or working in the office, you may see him around drinking coffee (Nutella lattes from Koffee and dirty chais from Jitter Bus), playing board games, or lying in the courtyard. On campus, Ben is involved with Code Haven, Haven Free Clinic, and being the best treasurer for Stiles College Council. If you ever see him around say hi, he loves talking, hearing about other’s interests, and discussing New Haven’s best food spots.

Josephine Cureton

Josephine is a sophomore Stilesian majoring in Sociology. She’s a born-and-raised San Franciscan (West coast best coast!) but loves living in and exploring New Haven. In addition to her work as a Stiles Aide, she’s a Dwight Hall Urban Fellow with the New Haven City Plan office, teaches middle schoolers with Community Health Educators, and does legislative advocacy work. When not in Stiles you can find her studying in the music library, fueling her caffeine addiction at a local office shop (hit her up for recommendations), and taking long walks around the city. She is so excited to meet the froshmoose and the rest of the Stiles community this year!

Nayeli Gonzalez-Vazquez

Nayeli is a Sophomore Stiles Moose from Puerto Rico who lives in Madison, Alabama (think rockets and NASA) who loves all things Ezra Stiles related. As a History of Science, Medicine and Public Health major, she’s interested in going to medical school and loves hearing random history facts. When she’s not working in the Stiles office, Nayeli’s tutoring with the Urban Improvement Corps, in Bible study, watching rom-coms, or on FaceTime with someone. Nayeli loves to meet new people so make sure you stop by and say hello!

Francesca Nyakora

Francesca is a Junior in Ezra Stiles. She spent her sophomore year between Nairobi and Paris, but is very much looking forward to getting back on campus in Fall 2021! While her family is originally from Kenya, Francesca grew up in a few different places around the world and her global upbringing has very much shaped her interests at Yale and beyond! She is double majoring in African Studies and Global Affairs, and getting a certificate in Human Rights. She enjoys traveling, learning languages, and learning about the world. Around the College, you’ll likely have the (mis)fortune of hearing her trying to speak one of the four languages she is trying to learn at any given moment. In addition to working in the Stiles Head of College Office, Francesca also works as a Yale Tour Guide, competes on Yale’s Model UN team, and is president of the Yale Model African Union. In her free time, you will likely find Francesca at the relaxing at the Afro-American Cultural Center with her friends or enjoying a scoop (or multiple scoops) of ice cream at Arethusa.

Robert Samec

Robbie is a Junior from Mill Valley, California, just north of San Francisco. Though he’s an Architecture Major he also spends a lot of time illustrating an collaborating on various design projects. He has served as Co-Creative Director at the Yale Herald (you should read it!!) and now sits on its editorial board. When he’s not in the office, he’s probably in the Stiles weaving studio, at the Architecture building, or out for a walk with friends in New Haven. If you ever see him around, definitely say hi!

Jocelyn Zhou

Jocelyn is from a cityburb a few minutes outside of Boston called Brookline. During her first year, she tried a whole bunch of social science classes, and she hopes to major in one that ends in “ology.” Before the pandemic, you could find her writing spoken word poetry with Jook Songs, learning to dance through Danceworks, or yelling “DOG” before chasing down said creature and (politely) asking for some cuddles. She loves taking naps in libraries (the Stiles one has several comfy couches) and meeting new people, so feel free to say hi and help her devise new dessert combinations in the Stiles dining hall.


House Aides

Stiles House Aides assist with Teas, fellows’ dinners, study breaks, and other Stiles events.

Camden Smithtro Class of 2022
Milo Tamayo  Class of 2022
Faith Tomlin Class of 2022
Jacob Earle Class of 2022
Neo Kahn Class of 2022
Nicole Wang Class of 2022
Frank Lukens Class of 2023
Sofia Ortega-Guerrero Class of 2023
Noa Rosinplotz Class of 2023
Colton Basar Class of 2024
Olivia Fugikawa Class of 2024
Hillary Jean-Bart Class of 2024
Margot Lee Class of 2024
Paul Moon Class of 2024