Costanza Barchiesi (President)
I was born in Arezzo, about 50 miles South-East of Florence and came to the States often growing up because of my father’s job in California. I got my B.A. in Modern Literatures from the University of Bologna. Bologna gave me the opportunity to go on an overseas program to Wellesley College, where I was a T.A. for Italian for a year. The experience of an open-minded, beautiful and warm American campus resounded with me, so much so that I then decided to get my M.A. from Georgetown University in DC. I am currently a PhD student in my third year at Yale, studying Italian literature and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. I became president of this society wanting to reach out to all who are interested in Italian culture (not just Italians!) at Yale and beyond. My dream would be to have grad students and post-docs from all walks of life and different departments, in order to forge a diverse and multifarious community of Italian fans.
Alberto Urcia (Vice President)
I am from Ravenna (Emilia Romagna) and I joined the Yale in May 2012 as Associate Research Scientist at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. As specialist in Virtual Archaeology and Topographic Survey, my work consists in recording and processing 2D and 3D data that I collect during our field expeditions in Egypt and producing graphic layouts for research and publication purposes. Currently I am focused in the production of Virtual Reality tours aimed in presenting and preserving Egyptian Rock Art and Inscription sites.
Toma Tebaldi
Toma Tebaldi
Hi, I’m a computational biologist and I joined the Yale School of Medicine in Summer 2017. Simultaneously, I joined the board of the Italian Society to carry the fire lit by all the people that raised the Society in its first 10 years of life. The Italian Society is my favorite embassy, please join our meetings and see by yourselves.


Tina Sapiente

I believe in the power of collaborative solutions. I believe that, in order to find the best solution, a problem should be looked at from many different perspectives. One perspective cannot and should not be looked at as better than another one and each solution is independent and interdependent by its system. This is the best lesson I could have ever learned when in 2019  I enrolled for a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology at the University of New Haven, West Haven, CT. I am now an intern at LEAP for kids, a non-profit organization that works in the city of New Haven (CT) and offers children and their families, financial support and academic enrichment programs. My goal is to pursue a career as a Program Developer and Program Evaluator for non-profit Organizations, developing programs that assess the population’s real needs with a participatory approach. Now, after almost two years of being affiliated with the Italian Society of Yale Students and Affiliates, I became an enthusiastic Board member, confident that my collaborative and proactive approach will benefit the society and its members.

 Faith Macharia
 Esteban Crespo Jaramillo
 Andrea Amabile