Yeja graduated from Dartmouth with a double major in sociology and women’s, gender, and sexualities studies. While at Dartmouth, Yeja managed educational and social programming to raise students’ awareness of gender-based social issues, organizing events such as Pride and the annual IvyQ Conference. Additionally, Yeja was co-captain of the Dartmouth women’s rugby team as it transitioned to a varsity sport and claimed the Ivy League championship in its inaugural season. For their summers, Yeja was an intern at the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth Program as well as a community engagement intern at the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.
After graduation, they spent a year as a teaching apprentice at The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts. There, they split the year between a second-grade classroom and seventh- and eighth-grade social studies. Yeja advised the faculty on the development of their new social justice curriculum for the eighth-grade social studies department. Yeja then transitioned to being director of Steve & Kate’s Camp, a local summer day camp in Cambridge. There, they managed the business, program, and people operations of the site and led the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program, instituting change initiatives to foster a culture of inclusivity.
In their free time, Yeja is president of Beantown Rugby, a semi-professional rugby team. They volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters and sit on the Friends of Dartmouth Women’s Rugby Advisory Board and the Dartmouth LGBTQIA+ Alum Association Board.