Yamile Daney Lozano grew up in Mesa, Arizona. She has a Mexican father and Colombian mother, both of whom were undocumented immigrants until her freshman year of high school. They worked ardently to provide for her and her sister and two brothers and challenged her to strive in school, knowing that it could avert so many struggles they had to face. Growing up she learned education is “the reason we’re here, and it’s all you have.”
She attended Westwood High School, an overcrowded public school and joined the International Baccalaureate Program and became involved with service clubs, orchestra, swim team, and National Honor Society. Nonetheless, she began to see the lack of educational resources available to her low-income, immigrant family and community. Junior year, she was lucky enough to be selected as a LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) Scholar, which was the life-changing program that made out-of-state, higher education at an Ivy League a fathomable reality for her as a first generation college, low-income, minority student. Without the mentorship, guidance, and tutoring she received that summer she is convinced her life would look very different today. Since coming to Yale, she has felt burdened by the disparities in education existing between the Latino/immigrant community and a university like Yale. As an ESL tutor, she hopes to help students realize their potential and become a resource they can use to fight for their own educational dreams.
Yamile is majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and is pursuing Premedical Studies. Freshman year, she traveled to Panama with Volunteers Around the World to cooperate on a medical outreach initiative for underserved communities in Panama. Two summers ago, she worked as a STARS Scholar and did research in Cell Biology, and is now working in the Jacob lab studying epigenetic regulation. She is involved in Yale Faith and Action and Students Unite Now on campus. Off campus, she is an active member of a local Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Fun fact: Yamile loves enchiladas and her favorite activity of all time is snorkeling!