Stroum Center Staff
Dana Rubin, Interim Associate Director
Dana Rubin currently serves as the Interim Associate Director of the Stroum Center. In this role, she works closely with the Director to develop and advance strategic priorities. She also oversees Stroum Center staff operations and community engagement initiatives. Dana received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Anthropology and Spanish, and her MA in International Education from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT. She worked for over a decade in international higher education, specifically in the development and management of study abroad programs. Dana has studied, lived and worked in many countries around the world including Australia, Mexico, Italy and Spain. A lover of travel and languages, she speaks Spanish, Italian, and French – and having recently married an Israeli, is currently learning Hebrew.
E-mail: derubin @ uw dot edu
Emily Thompson, Outreach & Events Manager
In her role as the Stroum Center’s Community Outreach and Events Manager, Emily manages event calendars and logistics for the Center’s 50+ yearly events. A trained librarian, she enjoys finding ways to harness and visualize data in digital projects and is always looking to make new connections on and off campus. Emily holds a BA in English and Spanish, and MA in Hispanic Studies, and a Master of Library and Information Science degree, all from the UW. Emily’s avocation is translation from Spanish and Ladino into English. Her translations can be found in Poetry Northwest and The Monarch Review, among others. She enjoys watching baseball with her family and their cat, Ichiro.
E-mail: emmyat @ uw dot edu
Lauren Kurland, Student Engagement Director
As director of student engagement, Lauren meets with students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to learn about their experiences with Jewish Studies. Based on these conversations and feedback from Jewish Studies Student Advisory Council meetings, Lauren works with Jewish Studies faculty and staff to support programs and courses that reflect student needs.
A native Californian, Lauren received a BA in education and social policy from Northwestern University and completed graduate studies at JTS in New York City. Lauren is a fair-weather biker and runner who loves listening to “This American Life” and “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” on NPR, visiting libraries, and meeting new people.
E-mail: kurlandl @ uw dot edu
Kara Schoonmaker, Digital Media Coordinator
As the Stroum Center’s Digital Media Coordinator, Kara Schoonmaker enjoys tackling new projects, designing new features, troubleshooting problems, and honing her videography and editing skills. When not working on tech-related things, she also teaches English, writing, math and technology skills at Seattle-area community colleges. In her free time– when she has it– Kara reads voraciously, does filmmaking, works on other storytelling-related projects, and continues to develop her speaking and writing skills in the Thai language. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of Chicago and an MA in Education from the University of Washington.
E-mail: kschoon @ uw dot edu
Ty Alhadeff, Research Coordinator, Sephardic Studies Program
Ty Alhadeff is the Sephardic Studies Research Coordinator of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the UW. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Ty enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and books.
E-mail: tda2 @ uw dot edu