Yale Model Congress, a registered 501(c)(3), was founded in 1993 by a group of Yale undergraduates who hoped to foster an appreciation for American democracy in high school students and inspire them to be active citizens in the future. For 25 years, we have furthered this mission by hosting hundreds of delegates from across the country for a unique educational experience unlike that received in a traditional classroom setting. At the conference, delegates assume the responsibilities of our elected representatives and tackle the issues that face our nation.
Yale Model Congress is planned, led, and executed by current Yale undergraduates who either serve in administrative positions on its Board or who lead a committee during the conference. For many of us, this is our way of giving current high school students an experience that was incredibly formative to us during our own time in high school.
Meet the current YMC Board:
Riley hails from Eden Prairie, Minnesota and is a senior at Yale University, where he studies History and Ethics, Politics, & Economics. Beyond serving as President of Yale Model Congress, Riley is also on the Board of Directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), an international non-profit with over 300 chapters across 30 countries. This summer, Riley is working in New York at the Legal Action Center, an organization that provides legal assistance to people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records. In his free time, Riley likes to cook, play board games, and explore Minnesota's 10,000 lakes.
Arielle is from Scarsdale, New York and is a sophomore at Yale University. She is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Outside of YMC, Arielle is co-President of Yale MedSci, an organization that organizes Yale students to teach a health and science curriculum at local elementary schools. She is also active in the Independent Party of the Yale Political Union, a debate group on campus whose motto of "Hear All Sides" matches Yale Model Congress' mission perfectly. In her free time, Arielle loves reading science fiction novels, playing Cards Against Humanity, and exploring theme parks.
Kianna is a junior from Buffalo, New York, majoring in the history of science, medicine, and public health. In addition to her work with Model Congress, Kianna is a musical director for the Yale gospel choir and participates in DanceWorks. In her free time, Kianna can be found watching Netflix, working on new choreography, or looking for the best iced coffee in town.
Mauro is from Branford, Connecticut and is a sophomore at Yale University considering a major in Chemistry. Outside of Model Congress, he is part of the Yale Refugee Project, an organization that is helping local refugees gain practical life skills and find employment opportunities in New Haven. He is also involved with residential college Intramural sports and is one of the Pauli Murray IM secretaries. In his free time, Mauro likes to cook, play piano and ride mountain bikes.
Lauren is a Senior at Yale University studying biomedical engineering. When she isn’t helping new delegations prepare for Yale Model Congress, she loves to read sci-fi and fantasy novels, watch cult TV shows, and play video games. At Yale, she also sings with her a cappella group Living Water, debates in the Yale Political Union's Party of the Left, and hangs with friends.
Michelle calls Ames, Iowa home and is a junior at Yale University studying in Economics and Political Science. Aside from being the Director of Business for Yale Model Congress, Michelle is the President and alto singer of Pitches & Tones A Cappella, Vice-President of Branford College Council, and Educator with Elmseed, a Yale organization that provides pro-bono business consulting services for entrepreneurs in the New Haven community. This summer, Michelle will be researching at the Yale School of Management and learning how to cook. You can find Michelle walking around campus, as the last person on campus who still plays Pokémon Go.
Born and raised in New York City, Eli is a junior at Yale studying Economics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He is thrilled to be returning for YMC 2018 as Treasurer after participating in YMC as a delegate in high school and as a board member in 2016 and 2017. Beyond his involvement in YMC, Eli serves as Chief Science Officer of Simplex Sciences, Yale's student-run biotech startup, and volunteers with SNAP PAC, the nation's only student-run political action committee. This summer, Eli is working at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in the New York suburbs; when not doing science or managing YMC’s budget, he likes playing poker and running (albeit slowly).
Dub (or Sam) is from Memphis, Tennessee and is a Junior at Yale University, where he studies Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. He is currently serving as the Supervisor of Special Programs for the upcoming model congress. Over this summer, Dub will be studying "Fluxoid Dynamics and Electromagnetic Properties in the forefront of Superconducting Materials" (its okay he doesn't know what that means either). In his free time, he likes to climb tall things, he really likes to fall off of said things, and bake/decorate cakes with buttercream icing.
Julien is a sophomore at Yale University from Paris, France, majoring in Applied Mathematics. Outside of his involvement with Yale Model Congress, Julien is a member of the Yale Political Union and one of its seven parties, as well as of the International Students Organization. This summer, Julien is working in Paris at Ipsos, a polling company that offers insights on the dynamics of French politics and society. In his free time, Julien enjoys making music, reading, and arguing about anything.
Rina Lakhlani is a rising sophomore in Saybrook College, born and raised in South a Florida. She is passionate about human rights and animal rights, in which she ambassadors for elephant conservation programs. She is a prospective Ethics, Politics, and Economics major. Besides serving as Events Coordinator for Mode Congress, Rina is active with the MonstRAASity dance team, Ethics Bowl, and Yale Dems. She is very excited for the upcoming 2018 Yale Model Congress!
Originally from Abuja, Nigeria, Dan has lived most of his life in South Jersey, where he attended high school. Currently, he's a sophomore at Yale, where he serves on the board of United against Sexual Assault at Yale, Standards Board of the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at Yale, and co-chair of Davenport's Social Activities Committee in addition to being YMC's Community Outreach Director. When he's not working on one of those activities, Dan likes to eat, take frequent naps, rep Davenport in IM volleyball, and write.