2016-2017 Fellows


Emma Gellman

Emma de la Peña Gellman is a biology major at Wellesley College. She wants to go to either medical school or veterinary school; but she’s not sure which one yet. Emma is also passionate about art history, especially 20th century propaganda. She grew up in Santa Cruz, California. In her free time, Emma enjoys spending time with her friends or reading a good book.


Yaela Halper

Yaela Halper is currently a sophomore at Brandeis University studying politics and business. She is originally from Scarsdale, New York and prior to Brandeis she attended SAR High School. She then spent a year studying in Israel at Midreshet Lindenbaum, in Jerusalem. Yaela quickly became very involved in Israeli advocacy on campus. She channeled that passion into the Israeli start-up world, as she is the New England Regional Director for The TAMID Group.


Kate Harrigan

Kate Harrigan is a sophomore majoring in both German Studies and History with a concentration in American Studies. She is from Chatham, New Jersey. At Wellesley, Kate takes part in several singing groups. She is a member of the Wellesley College Choir, the Chamber Singers, and the Wellesley Widows, a student run a cappella group.


Callie Kim

Born in California and grew up in Taiwan, Callie is a junior studying philosophy and religion at Wellesley College. Since her visit to the Yad Vashem and her philosophy studies on Hannah Arendt, she has been interested in learning more about the Holocaust and its subsequent impacts on Jewish and non-Jewish communities around the globe.


Erin Miller

Erin Miller is a senior at Boston University majoring in psychology on a pre-medical track. Erin is the Senior Research Assistant for the Project on Ethics and the Holocaust at the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies. She served as the Student President of Boston University Hillel for two years. Ms. Miller is the Student Representative of the Jewish Cultural Endowment at Boston University.


Arianna Regalado

Arianna is a senior at Wellesley College studying religion. Hailing from Long Beach, California, Arianna motivates her engagement on campus through three pillars: leadership, inclusion, and intellectual curiosity. She is the co-president of Wellesley to Wall Street, a member of the mentorship program in the Latina Cultural Organization, and a research fellow in Wellesley's Religion Department. This is Arianna's second year as a fellow."


Chelsea Roston

Chelsea is a sophomore at Wellesley College and a native of the Bay Area in California. She is majoring in Psychology and Economics. Chelsea is Co-President and Publicity Chair of Hillel. In addition to her participation in the Jewish Community, she also takes saxophone lessons and plays in the Wellesley BlueJazz big band as well as playing the carillon as a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs. This is Chelsea's second year as a fellow.


Samantha Stewart

Samantha is a prospective Economics major and Computer Science minor at Wellesley College, born and raised in seacoast New Hampshire. Samantha has always been interested in the world around her. Her passion for learning and sharing knowledge steered her towards becoming a Supplemental Instruction Leader this past fall. She is also involved in the Student Organizations and Appointments Committee on campus.


2015-2016 Fellows


Apoorva Arora

Born in Chandigarh, India, Apoorva is a senior at Wellesley College studying Economics. She has developed an interest in hearing people’s stories, learning about their diverse backgrounds and cultures. Apoorva continues this on campus, where she is involved in Slater International, an organization which brings together all the international students at Wellesley. Apoorva is also a senior supervisor at the Wellesley Fund, the fundraising organization for the financial aid department.


Cecilia Nowell

Cecilia Nowell is a senior at Wellesley College originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She studies Comparative Literature and Political Science and is also co-Editor-in-Chief of the campus non-fiction magazine, Counterpoint. Cecilia has done work to preserve cultural histories as an archivist, summary writer, and photographer for Diarna Digital Heritage Mapping—an online museum of Jewish life in the Middle East and North Africa—over the past two years.


Delanie Goerig

Delanie Goerig is a senior at Wellesley College who studies cultural anthropology. Growing up in Wichita Falls, Texas, Delanie heard stories about her family, who escaped from Russia before the Holocaust. Delanie is active on Wellesley's campus, including roles in Hillel and House Council. She also works in the libraries on campus as a student manager and digital/research assistant.


Makalani Mack

Makalani Mack is a senior at Brandeis University majoring in Anthropology. He is originally from Miami and Atlanta. Makalani was awarded the POSSE scholarship, a full tuition leadership scholarship given to him in order to attend Brandeis. On campus Makalani is a sprinter on the varsity track and field team and is also a member of the theater department. Makalani is a pilot member of Brandeis Bridges; a cohort of students thriving to better the relations between Black and Jewish students on campus. He is also a member of the advisory board for the Men of Color Alliance, who collaborate to create spaces for men of all races to interact in meaningful ways.


Misha Vilenchuk

Michael (Misha) Vilenchuk is a senior from Columbus, Ohio pursing degrees in Russian, Judaic Studies, and History at Brandeis. Misha involves himself in dialogue, human rights issues, and Israel advocacy, including Black-Jewish Brandeis Bridges initiative. Misha is also the founder and president of the Coalition Against Anti- Semitism in Europe (CAASE), the student-led grassroots initiative that documents anti-Semitism and works alongside European student counterparts.


Roza Trilesskaya

Roza is a senior at Wellesley College, studying Economics. She has been involved in Jewish communities of Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she was born; San Francisco, California where she was raised; Sydney, Australia, while studying abroad; and Wellesley College. On campus, Roza is the Social Chair of Hillel and treasurer of Wellesley Friends of Israel.