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Hillel of Buffalo Hires Macie Clawson, Springboard Innovation Specialist

June 9, 2020



Macie Clawson, a recent graduate of the University of Kansas, will be joining the Hillel of Buffalo staff as the Springboard Innovation Specialist. Macie was an active leader at KU Hillel and brings to this position a passion for student engagement, social justice, and education.


Macie earned a BA from KU in 2020, with a double major in Political Science and Jewish Studies, and earned an Honors Certificate. She spent a semester abroad studying at Tel Aviv University. Deeply involved in campus life, Macie served as a KU Hillel intern for three years and was a member of the Dole Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board and the KU Arabic Club.


The Springboard Fellowship is a Hillel International program that recruits innovative and talented young professionals, provides hands-on training and mentorship and deploys them to campus Hillels for two years. The Fellowship comes with a stipend from Hillel International to cover a significant portion of the Fellow’s salary, and all Fellows receive extensive training and coaching.


As the Springboard Innovation Specialist, Macie will strive to increase student engagement by supporting students in the creation of new initiatives in their areas of academic and personal interest. With a focus on engaging students from a variety of backgrounds, Macie will support Hillel’s mission of helping every Jewish student to connect in their own way. Macie will also play a role in Hillel’s marketing and public relations and will help Buffalo students to engage in the local community.


An aspect of Macie’s story that distinguishes her from other Jewish professionals is that she was largely disconnected from Judaism when she arrived in college. The staff at KU Hillel welcomed her and encouraged her to wrestle with challenging Jewish ideas. Through her Hillel experience, Macie embarked upon an unexpected journey of learning and finding her place in the Jewish community. She is eager to pay forward her experience to Jewish students in Buffalo.


“Sadly, too many students shy away from Jewish life in college because they don’t see themselves as ‘Jewish enough,’ says Rabbi Sara Rich, Executive Director of Hillel of Buffalo. “Macie ’s personal story of finding her connection to Judaism while in college makes her a relatable role model for our students.”


Macie officially moves to Buffalo and begins her new role in late July. She looks forward to meeting the students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community. As a marathon-runner and dog-lover, you might spot Macie in your neighborhood or on your favorite running path, potentially with a four-legged friend.

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