Oregon Hillel adds staff to aid safe, creative year

Oregon Hillel has added two staff members for the coming school year: Talia Leider, Social Justice Springboard Fellow at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and Susannah Dickerson, Director of Jewish Student Life at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
Both UO and OSU currently are planning on a hybrid model of online and in-person courses this fall and possibly longer. However, since things could change at any time prior to the start of fall term in late September, Oregon Hillel is exploring all options to safely engage students and provide access to programs and services.  
“Hillel, as always, will be creative in our approach to the sometimes rapidly changing conditions on our campuses while focusing on student/staff safety and public health,” says Oregon Hillel Foundation Executive Director Andy Gitelson. “We know that both Talia and Susannah will bring energy, creativity and inspiration as we work together with our students to build warm, welcoming and pluralistic communities while firmly focused on the Jewish value of pikuach nefesh (preservation of life) for every student, faculty and staff.” 
If parents have a student enrolling as a Duck or Beaver let Hillel know; Hillel will reach out to welcome the students and connect them to the greater Jewish community. Find the registration form on Hillel’s website oregonhillel.org.
The Springboard Fellowship is a two-year fellowship that brings together diverse Jewish talent through a transformative early career experience in the Hillel Movement. As a social justice specialist, Talia receives training in the areas of engagement, social action and community organizing and learns how to seamlessly weave Judaism into her work as a Hillel engagement professional.
Originally from Los Angeles, Talia earned her bachelor’s in criminal justice from San Diego State University. While at SDSU, she cofounded their first chapter of Challah for Hunger and worked for Hillel as a student ambassador. As a youth, Talia attended Camp Ramah every summer and was an active participant in Jewish youth groups. She is passionate about social justice and is eager to work with the inspiring students at University of Oregon Hillel to make their own justice initiatives a reality. Email talia at talia@oregonhillel.org
Susannah Dickerson is originally from Portland, where she spent years at Congregation Neveh Shalom pushing coffee carts, teaching kids and helping in the education office. Susannah attended Oregon State University, where she majored in history and minored in creative writing and religious studies. She took a short break from OSU to study abroad in Israel at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, spending half her time learning Hebrew and the Talmud and the other half exploring ancient cities. Susannah is excited to come back to Oregon State this fall and re-engage with the amazing Jewish community in Corvallis. Email Susannah at: susannah@oregonhillel.org.



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