Service to the Community

Carnegie Mellon University: Pittsburgh, PA

Graduate Representative to the College Council, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, September 2015-May 2016

All academic policy decisions for the Dietrich College are made by the College Council, which is made up of the dean, associate deans, department heads and three student representatives: one graduate student and two undergraduate.

  • Participated in the evaluation and approval of several new majors, minors, and degree programs within the college.

Board Member, Jewish Graduate Student Association, September 2013-Present

The Jewish Graduate Students Association (JGSA) works to foster a strong Jewish graduate community at Carnegie Mellon University. It hosts social gatherings, celebrations of Jewish holidays, networking events, and learning seminars on campus.

  • Facilitate logistics, such as room bookings, and work with other officers to assemble the annual budget for the organization.
  • Co-coordinated events--particularly holiday celebrations, shabbat dinners, and study breaks-- as well as learning opportunities such as a four-week seminar series on kabbalah led by Hillel’s Senior Jewish Educator. 

Graduate Student Body Representative to the Department of History, September 2012-May 2014

Elected by the graduate students to represent their interests to the faculty, particularly around issues of teaching assignments, stipends, and professional development. The Representative attends faculty meetings and plans professional development activities, predominantly informal brown bag seminars, for the benefit of the graduate student community.

  • Developed innovative professional development programming, especially seminars highlighting opportunities in Alternative Academic (Alt-Ac) and the digital humanities fields. Invited the archival team at the Heinz History Center’s Rauh Jewish Archives to discuss the development of their digital project, “A Tradition of Giving: The History of Jewish Philanthropy in Pittsburgh.” Also personally developed and presented a seminar on how academics can use Twitter and LinkedIn for networking and as a teaching tool in the classroom.