Graduate Assistants

Jenilee Jaquez (she/her)

Graduate Assistant on the Wellness Team

Yale School of Nursing

Hometown: Newark, NJ

Jenilee is a second-year master’s student at the Yale School of Nursing. She is originally from Newark, NJ but moved from NYC to New Haven. She is a first-generation college graduate of Barnard College Class of 2020 with a BA in Anthropology. Jenilee is currently studying to become a midwife and has received her RN degree. Before Yale, Jenilee did work as a doula, supported the development of reproductive justice curricula, and completed a thesis project centered on understanding how safety, trust, decolonization, and joy are fostered in the responses to the realities and histories of Black maternal mortality and morbidity. Currently, Jenilee is studying midwifery in order to serve Black and Brown communities with the respect, joy, and care they deserve.

What Jenilee loves about The House: ” The House has served as a space for me to channel and share my creativity, my joy, my desires, and my strengths with the intention of uplifting and serving the Black community at Yale. It has been incredible to meet so many Black folks from so many different schools over an exquisite book written by a Black alum, a delicious wine and cheese pairing created by Black experts, an exploration into caring for our hair, and more! The House both holds such ancestral wisdom from its founders and also leaves abundant room to question, explore, and celebrate so many avenues of Blackness today. I go to the House when I want to feel cared for, when I want to add a smile to my day, and when I want to honor all different parts of Black existence at Yale!  

Tayisha St. Vil (she/her)

Graduate Assistant on the Wellness Team

Yale School of Nursing

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Tayisha is a second year Midwifery Student at Yale School of Nursing. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY—where she firmly planted the seeds of her public health career. Tayisha received her BA in Women and Gender Studies with a specialization in Gender, Sexuality and Public Health and Masters in Public Health with a focus in Community Health at Stony Brook University. Tayisha’s life work is to actualize Reproductive Justice and birth equity for Black and Brown families. While also prioritizing rest and pleasure as pathways to wellness and liberation. She maintains a working portfolio as a public health consultant and involvement in community response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Tayisha loves about The House: “What I love most about the house is that it nourishes me— both literally and figuratively. I consider the act of nourishment as one of the most profound ways to show care. At any gathering at The House there is sure to be some amazing food. In addition, the work, and the opportunity to create and execute my ideas fills up my soul and overflows into the community. Simply put The House is truly a home away from home— that’s the best part.”