Carolin Aronis, PhD (she/her/hers)
Co-Chair of the Task Force
CSU Special Advisor on Prevention of Antisemitism
Affiliate Faculty Member, Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Aronis is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies and a Postdoctoral Scholar at CU Boulder. Her research is situated at the intersection of critical media studies, rhetoric/discourse, and identity politics, focusing mostly on practices of racism, antisemitism, and sexism within the media, in academia, and through architecture and discourse. Since 2017, Dr. Aronis has taught extensively at CSU and CU Boulder about notions of intersectionality, privilege, and the oppression of marginalized groups in the U.S. society. She holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2015), and worked in Israel as a lecturer, a journalist, and a biographer for Holocaust survivors. She has experience in bringing about policy change for human rights and inclusivity in academic settings. Since 2018, she has been active in addressing the situation of the Jewish community on campus. She is a third-generation holocaust survivor and identifies as a secular Jew. Dr. Aronis can be reached at Carolin.Aronis@ColoState.edu. More information about her work can be found here.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik 
Member of the Task Force
Adjunct Faculty in the Philosophy Department
Faculty Advisor for the Chabad Jewish Organization, AEPi Jewish Fraternity, SAEPi Jewish Sorority and Students for Holocaust Awareness Week
Certifier/Consultant for the CSU Kosher Bistro
Member of the Consultation Team for Incidents of Bias in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity

Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik is a faculty member in the Philosophy Department at Colorado State University. He has taught on campus for 15 years and is a recipient of the CSU Best Teacher Award in 2014. He is the faculty advisor to a number of Jewish student groups on campus (listed above). Rabbi Gorelik is the executive director of the Chabad Jewish Center of Northern Colorado serving the cities and towns throughout the region. He lectures extensively on Jewish topics throughout campus and community. Rabbi Gorelik is also a chaplain (CPT) in the Colorado National Guard. He received his education and rabbinical degrees in Australia and the US and was ordained in Israel. Rabbi Gorelik is passionate about Jewish identity and education. He has advocated for Jewish students and for inclusion, equality and diversity on campus for many years. Rabbi Gorelik can be reached at Rabbi@ColoState.EDU, and more information about his work for the Jewish community at CSU can be found here.

John Henderson, PhD (he/him/his)
Co-Chair of the Task Force
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Parent & Family Programs

John Henderson serves as Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Parent and Family Programs through the Division of Student Affairs and is a co-chair for the Task Force. As part of his Assistant Dean role, John collaborates with others, both on and off campus, to support the ways in which CSU students can engage in, both independently and with others, faith, belief, religious, and/or spiritual growth and development. John does not identify as Jewish but has been truly fortunate to learn about Jewish identities and culture through family and friends. Additionally, John does his own individual identity work and collaborates with colleagues, across campus, to support how CSU can operate, through the Principles of Community, to be more inclusive, equitable, and socially just – from an intersectional lens. For John, the prevention of anti-Semitism is absolutely essential and must be approached across the individual, interpersonal, cultural, and systemic levels. John can be reached at John.Henderson@ColoState.EDU.

Renee Cohn Jones, PsyD (she/her/hers)
Advising Member of the Task Force
Fort Collins Community Advisor
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, MA in Psychology, MS in Education
Temple Or Hadash, Director of Education

Dr. Renee Cohn Jones serves as a community advisor to the Task Force. She is founder and CEO of Helping Parents Parent, Director of Education at Temple Or Hadash, and VP of Philanthropy of the National Charity League in Fort Collins. She is actively assisting the Poudre School District and the City of Fort Collins in their desire to prevent anti-Semitism and be more aware and inclusive of their Jewish constituents. Dr. Renee Cohn Jones obtained a BA in Psychology and MS in Education from the University of Rochester and an MA and PsyD from the University of Hartford. During her studies, Dr. Cohn Jones was active in Residential Life, Student Affairs, and was elected to the Executive Board of the American Psychological Association Graduate Student Division and served as the liaison to the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology. She is committed to helping CSU better understand the issues of anti-Semitism on-campus and in surrounding areas.

Mariah Kornberg – DeGear (she/her/hers)
Member of the Task Force
Campus Director for CSU Hillel

Mariah Kornberg – DeGear (she/her/hers) is the Campus Director for CSU Hillel, a Jewish Student Organization committed to offering a “home away from home” Jewish experience while attending University. She is also an ACA Level One trained Chaplain. Mariah brings her extensive business, marketing, entrepreneurial and alternative medicine experience to the task force, having worked in retail pharmacy operations, apothecary ownership, as well as businesses operations and consulting for small business owners and non-profits. Mariah also has certifications, taught classes and developed curriculum in aromatic medicine, reflexology, holistic healing, and tarot. Mariah is passionate about metal health care, the prevention of antisemitism and the absolute necessity for providing a safe, equitable and authentic space for students to thrive while attending CSU. Mariah can be reached at mariah@hillelcolorado.org. Find more information about CSU Hillel here.

Nancy Levinger, PhD (she/her/hers)
Member of the Task Force
University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (courtesy zero-time appointment)

My Jewish identity is more ethnic than it is religious. I am the daughter of two first-generation immigrants who found refuge from the Nazis in America. Born in New York City, my family moved to Cleveland, OH and then to Fort Collins, CO when I was a child. I never felt uncomfortable about my cultural heritage in Cleveland, but with so few Jews in Fort Collins, I felt out of place here. Although Fort Collins and CSU have changed dramatically from 1968, when my family moved here, and since 1992 when I started my faculty position, Jews still represent a minuscule fraction of the community. To recognize and honor the rights, views and practices of all people, an inclusive campus also includes Judaism from all perspectives. I hope our task force increases inclusivity for all members of the CSU community and beyond. Bias on any level is not an option. Dr. Levinger can be reached at Nancy.Levinger@ColoState.EDU. Learn about her scholarly work here.

Linds McKittrick (she, her, hers)
Executive Assistants in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

Linds McKittrick (she, her, hers) serves as one of the Executive Assistants in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA). She supports the Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, and the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Parent & Family Programs. In her role, Linds provides project coordination, and administrative and program support to the offices in the Campus Life Cluster. Working closely with student staff and leadership within the Division, she brings integrity, awareness, and empathy to her role. Linds was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and recently joined the Fort Collins community in 2018. She graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA with a B.A. in Theology and Public Relations. She self-identifies as non-Jewish, but has learned about Judaism from her studies, family friends, and her partner’s family. She will be providing administrative support for the Task Force. Learn more about VPSA here.

Julia Rosenwald (she/her/they/them)
Member of the Task Force
Academic Advisor and Sustainability Program Lead at CSU Hillel
Graduate student in the Soil & Crop Science department in the College of Agriculture

Julia Rosenwald (she/her/they/them) is a second year graduate student in the College of Agriculture. They identify as a neurodivergent, disabled, white, LGBTQ+ conservative Jewish person. While receiving their B.A. in Biology at Franklin & Marshall College, they were deeply involved in Hillel and served multiple executive board roles including Vice President. Now, Julia is the Academic Advisor of CSU Hillel and are excited to bring their previous experience to help develop the Jewish community in Fort Collins. After graduating from F&M in 2017 and moved, they were shocked by the blatant anti–Semitism, including in Fort Collins, and are excited to work with others who share a commitment to educate others about Judaism. They are passionate about preventing anti-Semitism from an intersectional lens and fighting for minorities. Julia hopes to bridge the gap between administration and students of various identities to foster a healthier culture at CSU and in Fort Collins. Julia can be reached at Julia.Rosenwald@ColoState.EDU.

Magdalena Serpa MD-MPH (she/her/hers)
Member of the Task Force
Program Leader, One Health Institute, CSU (until October 2020)
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Occupational Therapy, CSU
Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics and Investigator for the Center for Global Health, University of Colorado

As a negotiator (multilateral donors, U.N. Agencies), decades of policy and program design, and implementation, teaching clinicians in Africa and Latin America, and more than thirty years of experience, she combines passion and action. Promoting the prevention of anti-Semitism, she spearheaded the working group that originated this task force. She has no doubt that CSU can become a Jewish inclusive campus with a center for Jewish Studies. She joined CSU’s One Health Institute in November 2017. She is a Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics and an Investigator for the Center for Global Health, at the  University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she served as a patient screener for people experiencing homelessness (Fort Collins) and as a volunteer contact tracer (Larimer County Department of Health). She serves pro-bono on the Glasswing International NGO board. She has a Medical Doctor degree from Rosario University, an MPH from Harvard, a Maternal and Child Health post-doc from Johns Hopkins University, a Hospital Management post-doc from TUFTS-NEMC, and a Health Care Administration and Hospital Management Diploma from the TECHNION-Galilee College, Israel. Dr. Serpa can be reached at Magdalena.Serpa@ColoState.EDU or at magdalena.serpa@cuanschutz.edu.

H.J. Siegel, PhD (he/him/his)
Member of the Task Force
Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University (CSU)

H.J. Siegel is a Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University (CSU). From 2001 to 2017, he was the George T. Abell Endowed Chair Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at CSU, where he was also a Professor of Computer Science.  He was a professor at Purdue University from 1976 to 2001. He received two B.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the M.A., M.S.E., and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. HJ grew up in the lower east side of New York City (Manhattan), where he was Bar Mitzvah. HJ, wife Janet, and daughter Sky moved to the Fort Collins area in 2001, and immediately joined the Congregation Har Shalom (CHS) synagogue, where Sky attended Sunday and Hebrew school, and was Bat Mitzvah. HJ has been on the CHS Board of Directors since June 2017 and is currently Board President. For more information: Homepage: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/~hj  E-mail: HJ@ColoState.edu

Ria B. Vigil (she/her/hers)
Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Organizational Practice
Office of the Vice President for Diversity

Ria Vigil serves as an Assistant Vice President for Diversity in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity at Colorado State University. Ria brings humor, compassion and deep expertise to her work. She is a highly regarded trainer who has worked with many CSU and community partners. She has created a diversity certificate program for both faculty and staff at CSU and has trained over 5,000 CSU employees over the last six years, in Diversity and Inclusion practices and Inclusive Pedagogy. In addition to training on campus, Ria serves as a strategic thought leader and consultant to institutional departments in the ongoing process of infusing social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion into the culture of CSU. Ria is currently pursuing a PhD in the Higher Education Leadership Program at CSU through the School of Education at CSU. Ria can be reached at Ria.Vigil@ColoState.EDU.

Deborah Yalen, PhD (she/her/hers)
Member of the Task Force
Associate Professor, Department of History

Deborah Yalen (she, her, hers) is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. Her scholarly research focuses on the social, cultural, and political history of Jews in the Soviet Union during the 1920s and 1930s. Her primary research languages are Russian and Yiddish, and she has worked extensively in archives and libraries in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. At CSU, she teaches courses in Imperial Russian, Soviet, and modern European history. With a grant from the Holocaust Educational Foundation, she recently developed the first semester-long course at CSU devoted entirely to the history of the Holocaust. In spring 2021, she will teach a new course on transnational modern Jewish history, with an emphasis on eastern Europe. She believes that offering a multifaceted Jewish studies curriculum at CSU is a crucial step in addressing antisemitism on campus. She identifies as a secular Jew with a strong interest in Yiddish language and culture. Dr. Yalen can be reached at Deborah.Yalen@ColoState.EDU. Learn about her work here.

Matthew Zidbeck (He/Him/His)
3rd-year undergraduate Health and Exercise Science and Psychology Student

My name is Matthew Zidbeck and I am the Vice President of Chabad at CSU. I grew up with a Jewish mother at a reform temple in a small and unenthused community. I was able to cultivate a strong sense of pride for my Judaism at CSU with the help from my fellow students and the Rabbi. However, when I began to open up about my Judaism I was met with social and cultural resistance. I would like to create an environment that allows other people, curious about their culture, to explore without some of the difficulties I experienced. With the current climate at CSU, the pursuit of knowledge and ability to openly express pride in one’s Jewish culture seems to be increasingly difficult. An inclusive campus allows students of all Jewish backgrounds to comfortably learn, study, and express our culture in a way anyone wants. Matthew can be reached at mpz1121@rams.colostate.edu.