Emma was a Women and Gender Studies major with minors in Ethnic Studies, Spanish, and LGBT Studies at CU Boulder and is so excited to join the Hillel team at FIU. Emma is extremely passionate about intersectional social justice issues relating to race, gender, and sexuality and cannot wait to share her passion with the students at Hillel. She hopes to use her expertise to work with students to create inclusive and engaging social justice programming that benefits not only the FIU campus, but also the greater Miami area. In her free time, Emma enjoys trying new foods, going to concerts, or rewatching Harry Potter for the millionth time. Emma is thrilled to be joining the FIU Hillel team as the Martha Escoll Springboard Fellow and can't wait to be living it up in Miami!
WHY ARE YOU EXCITED TO START THIS JOB AT FIU?
I have always been so passionate about social justice work specifically around issues of race, gender and sexuality while also understanding that these issues are often intersecting and interdependent. Being part of the Jewish community was also such an important part of my college experience, and something I would love to share with others. So, naturally working both in the Jewish professional world and being able to focus on social justice issues seems like a perfect fit for me, and I cannot wait to get started at FIU!
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BRING TO CAMPUS?
With Miami being such a diverse area I hope to use my own training in intersectionality to connect with Jewish student of various backgrounds and ensure they feel represented and supported both at Hillel and on the FIU campus. I hope to work with students to organize social justice programing that is important both to them and the Miami community at large. We live in an increasing politicized world, so I cannot wait to connect with FIU students and help them tackle the issues most important to them.
HOW WILL YOU USE YOUR BACKGROUND IN SOCIAL JUSTICE TO TAKE THE PROGRAM AT FIU TO THE NEXT LEVEL?
I will use my background in social justice to support FIU students in their own social justice interests and help guide them to ensure that these projects are as inclusive and successful as possible. I hope to work with faculty on campus as well as other student organizations to form coalitions with other under represented groups so that together we can better understand how our experiences are both similar and different in order make our work as effective as possible.
Martha Escoll Springboard Fellow