Summer Update

Needless to say my first year of college at Emory University was a busy one. Between my school work, dance, and an internship I had a lot on my plate; still I made sure to spend time each week progressing and expanding dance4empowerment. Although I have been continuously working hard behind the scenes to keep dance4empowerment up and running, I didn’t find much time to keep you, my followers, updated on my progress. I would like to take the time now to tell you a bit about my first year of school, what I’m doing this summer, and my plans for next year.

To start off, I am excited to announce that I have declared a major! I decided I wanted a major tailored to my interests beyond the more general majors offered. So, I chose to do an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Major, which “allows students to structure their own program of study around a field of interests that they themselves define.” For my IDS major, I will be studying genetics and disabilities. Although these are neither majors nor minors at Emory, by taking courses in a variety of majors from anthropology to psychology and beyond, I will graduate with a strong understanding of my areas of interest. I am looking forward to all that I will learn because I will get to take an array of classes much more diverse than if I had chosen one of the more general majors and I will get to study a topic that I am deeply passionate about.

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Second, I am proud to announce that I was recently selected as a finalist for the Diller Tikkun Olam Awards! Although I didn’t win the award, I am honored to be among 40 teens who submitted a variety of impressive ventures and projects; and, I would like to congratulate the winners who each received a $36,000 grant! I plan to apply one more time, for the final year I am eligible, and hope that this will be the year that I take home the award!

Diller Tikkun Olam Award Announcement 2015

This summer I am interning again for the Ruderman Family Foundation (RFF) in Newton, MA. Over the past few years I have enjoyed a strong relationship with RFF, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work full time in their Boston office. Jay Ruderman (president of the Foundation), his colleagues and staff have been so welcoming to me. I was excited to be part of their first staff retreat, including staff from Israel, a few weeks ago and I plan to implement everything I learned.

  staff retreat

(Courtesy of Jay Ruderman @JayRuderman https://instagram.com/p/4mUdMEh5hZ/?taken-by=jayruderman)

Lastly, it is with great pleasure I share with you that dance4empowerment’s dance program is running in partnership with Camp Ramah New England this week! After months of hard work, organization, and the help of the Tikvah staff at CRNE and returning dance therapist Sivan Elefson, the program kicked off on Monday and will continue to run through the week. The program will culminate with a Shabbat performance Friday evening, I am really looking forward to being there to see the beautiful results of our program; please stay tuned for pictures and a video!

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(Courtesy of Howard Blas @howardblas)

That is all for now. Please continue to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and through our blog!

Dance, move, and empower,

Sierra