Lexington, Virginia • November 21, 2008
Graham Sheridan, of Greensboro, N.C., a sophomore at Washington and Lee University, has been named to the International Board of Directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. There are only 10 student members of the 70 to 80 member board. He will serve a two-year term.
Student members are selected based on their campus involvement, understanding of Hillel's work and commitment to Hillel's values, as well as type and size of the university. Sheridan has been active in Hillel since coming to W&L. He is currently the vice president for Shabbat and holidays and was vice president for community service during his first year.
Hillel's international board comprises diverse individuals committed to furthering Jewish campus life. Members represent many campus constituencies, including the 10 students, Hillel professionals, faculty and the community at large. There are two meetings of the whole board during the year-in the fall and spring.
"Members of the board have expertise in different aspects of Hillel," Sheridan said, "but they see the need for students to tell them what's going on at campuses, our input is sought when the board is discussing policies having to do with campuses."
He continued, "I'm honored to have been chosen to be one of the 10 student members of the board and to represent Washington and Lee in the Jewish community at large."
"Graham is a natural leader, and has helped to develop an exciting program for Hillel and to sustain a Jewish presence on campus," said Joan Robins, director of W&L Hillel. "He enthusiastically shares his passion for Jewish living, which engages many students, including those not typically involved in Jewish life. I believe Graham will be a real asset to the Hillel Board during his two-year term."
Sheridan is an economics major with a concentration in the Shepherd Poverty Program. He is a member of Chi Psi fraternity, College Democrats and Two Dead Guys Ultimate Frisbee.