Leora MaccabeeSenior, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Interdisciplinary Major: Political and Economic Justice.
Most Amherst students are involved in student organizations because they realize that college is not just about classes. We’re not just here to study hard, but also to learn something about ourselves, our community and the world around us.”
Senior advisor, board of Hillel; former president, Israel Chair
Singer, Women's Chorus
Resident, Marsh Art Culture House (theme house)
Resident, Charles Drew House (theme house)
Member, College Democrats
Member, Feminist Alliance
Founder and organizer, Student Alliance for Israel
Organizer, Vagina Monologues
On community service: Service is a big part of who I am. I'm constantly inspired by the work that I see my classmates doing. I joined other Five College students to form the Student Alliance for Israel, a political, educational and cultural organization. I've been a part of the Vagina Monologues, raising about $2,500 each year for local community organizations working to end violence against women. And off campus, I plan monthly community service events for teens at a local synagogue.
On student life: Most Amherst students are involved in student organizations because they realize that college is not just about classes. We're not just here to study hard, but also to learn something about ourselves, our community and the world around us.
Summer adventures: Amherst's Career Center helped me stay active in political and service opportunities over the summer. The Fellowship for Action program provided funds for me to intern with the National Organization for Women in Washington, D.C., and then for the New York City Department of Homeless Services. They were incredible, life-shaping opportunities.
Plans for the future: I plan to make service a big part of my life. After getting my law degree and master's in public policy, I would like to do poverty rights law and then political advocacy work for a nonprofit organization.