The GLC Team
Tracy George, GLC Founding Director
Tracy George, MPH, CHES, CYT-200, is the Director of the Yale Well initiative and the Good Life Center. She is a long-time advocate of health and wellness at Yale, having received her MPH in Social & Behavioral Sciences from the School of Public Health, and worked in Yale Health’s Student Wellness office for five years. Tracy is grateful to have her long-term goals realized in the form of the Good Life Center, Yale’s first student wellness center. Her expertise is in mindfulness training for emerging adults, addressing a wide range of issues from anxiety to existential curiosity. She is a certified Koru Mindfulness teacher, having taught hundreds of students over the last few years, a Certified Health Education Specialist, and a certified 200-hour yoga teacher with the Mindful Yoga Center. She loves to play in nature and create in the kitchen.
Tracy happily meets with students individually to provide support and guided skill-building using mindfulness and self-compassion. Tea Time with Tracy sessions are available to all Yale students. If you’re interested in having tea with Tracy, please email her at email@example.com.
Laurie Santos, GLC Founder
Dr. Laurie Santos is Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University. Dr. Santos is an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices. Her course, Psychology and the Good Life, teaches students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. Psychology and the Good Life recently became Yale’s most popular course in over 300 years, with almost one out of four students at Yale enrolled. Her course has been featured in numerous news outlets including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, GQ Magazine, Slate and O! Magazine. A winner of numerous awards both for her science and teaching, she was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds, and was named in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.”
Maria Sperduto, GLC Consultant & Instructor
Maria is a GLC Koru Mindfulness instructor and Yale MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She joins us from Dartmouth College where she helped launch their Student Wellness Center. First as an undergraduate, then as a Presidential Fellow and Dartmouth’s first Wellness Program Coordinator, Maria designed and instructed campus-wide behavior change programs and a for-credit course that mobilized over a quarter of Dartmouth students. She has partnered with the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health to design accessible restoration retreats for college students and worked with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to iterate programs for young adults. Maria is driven to make it easier for people take care of themselves, each other, and our planet, and is always happy to talk with others interested in doing the same.
Want to bring a wellness program to your corner of our community? We invite you to reach out to Maria at Maria.Sperduto@Yale.edu about workshops or mindfulness classes to fit your needs!
Jyot Batra, GLC Student Aide
Jyot is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia prospectively majoring in Political Science. He is excited to continue his tenure as a College Aide and grateful to be the Co-President of the Silliman Activities and Administrative Committee (SAAC) for the year. You can usually find him acting like he’s studying in The Acorn, trying to get Walter the Sillidog to like him, eating three meals a day in the Silliman dining hall, or in the SAAC room at 10 PM every Monday (free food and drinks plus great citizenship at the best college). Outside of Silliman, he is actively involved in the Yale Political Union, heads the Sikhs of Yale, and engages in progressive politics. If you ever have a question about Silliman or just want to strike up a conversation, please don’t hesitate to approach Jyot!
Shoshana Zhang, GLC Student Aide
Shoshana Zhang is a junior majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She is originally from Dallas but considers Silliman home (and best college). At Yale you can find her conducting cell biology research, serving on the board of Camp Kesem at Yale University, dancing with Yale DanceWorks, painting, power napping, or scarfing down Thai food. She is super excited to be a student aide in the Good Life Center since it combines her love for plants, people, yoga, and mental wellbeing.
Kamau Walker, GLC Student Aide
My name is Kamau "The Quiet Warrior" Walker. I'm a junior in Silliman from St. Louis, Missouri and an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major. In my spare time I write poetry and freestyle. I look forward to helping make Silliman and Yale a better place, alongside others both inside of and outside of the Good Life Center.
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