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LDB Welcomes Intern Daniella Hovsha
Emma Dillon Brandeis Blog
July 29, 2016

 

LDB welcomes Daniella Hovsha, who will be joining the organization as a Civil Rights Communications & Development Intern for Fall 2016.

Daniella graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, a public research university in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently completing her post-graduate studies—called an “honors” in South Africa—in International Relations and English Literature. She serves as the National Chairperson of the South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS), the only official representative body for Jewish and Zionist students in South Africa. SAUJS is active on every South African university campus, and engages in political, social, educational, and religious work. Daniella is also an executive member of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS). She looks forward to becoming further involved in the fight against campus anti-Semitism through this internship.

The new addition to the LDB team brings a wide range of unique experiences and skills to the organization and will assist LDB as it continues its mission to combat campus anti- Semitism. LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus welcomed Daniella, saying, “We are very excited to have an international perspective that can provide new insight to the issue of campus anti-Semitism. Daniella brings great talent, strong educational credentials, and considerable enthusiasm to the tasks at hand. We feel confident that she will help contribute to our campaign against campus anti-Semitism and in our work to promote justice for all.”

Daniella’s early arrival is much welcomed in light of LDB’s busy docket, including its landmark lawsuit against the American Studies Association (ASA) for the ASA’s unlawful boycott of Israeli academic institutions, legal advocacy work—including representing Eliana Kopley, a UC Irvine student aggressively confronted and threatened by anti-Israel protesters, and efforts to expand its law student chapter initiative network. Daniella will be joining fellow interns Emma Dillon and Juan Pablo Rivera Garza, who have been with LDB since early June, and Michelle Yabes, who has been with LDB since Fall 2015.

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