Q & A with Eileen Wolfowicz
TH: What is your current role at Texas Hillel? Previous roles?
EW: I currently serve as the Leadership Chair on the Student Executive Cabinet and am also a co-leader of the Bella Abzug Social Justice Fellowship. I previously volunteered with Reading Buddies.
TH: How did you initially get involved at Texas Hillel?
EW: I initially got involved at Texas Hillel by going to the welcome back brunch the first week of classes. There, I met Rebecca Katz (the social justice coordinator at the time) and she inspired me to get involved with the social justice programming at Texas Hillel!
TH: What are some of your favorite activities or programs at Texas Hillel?
EW: I may be a little biased, but my favorite program at Texas Hillel is the Bella Abzug Social Justice Fellowship. I am so glad I am able to express my passion for justice through our educational programming and volunteering. Along with this, some of my other favorites include our weekly Shabbat dinners, Welcome Week activities, and more recently, bar trivia.
TH: Do you think Texas Hillel is meeting students’ needs and interests?
EW: While there will always be things that we can add or improve upon, I think Texas Hillel is meeting student needs and interests. We have so many programs under the Jewish, Israel, or Social Justice umbrellas that cater to whatever interest someone might be passionate about. We provide not only a great way for students to participate in extracurricular activities, but also a way to gain leadership experience and meet incredible people!
TH: From the perspective of a graduating senior, what would you say or what advice would you give to incoming freshmen or new students about Texas Hillel?
EW: When I first started coming to Hillel, I was pretty shy and did not go out of my comfort zone to get to know many people. Only after achieving leadership positions did I make a concerted effort to get to know people out of my own social justice bubble. I would advise new students to go to as many events as possible, get as involved as they’d like, and get to know the wonderful staff members and students who frequent our events. Everyone is so kind, Texas Hillel has so many fun opportunities, and we just want to connect college students to their Judaism on their terms!
TH: Can you tell me a little about yourself? Where are you from? What are you studying? What are your plans after graduation?
EW: I am a graduating senior in the Latin American Studies program from Houston, Texas. I love learning about Latin America, but I really used my time in college to pursue my passion working with nonprofits in the arts, programming, and technical capacities. I love film/radio/arts in general and have had internships at the Austin Film Festival and KUTX 98.9. After graduation, I am so excited to continue working with Jewish students as Program Coordinator with Orange County Hillel at Chapman University in California. I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have had with Texas Hillel and would not be the person I am today without it.