Mikayla Laufer, Arizona State
Mikayla Laufer grew up in Anchorage Alaska as part of the “frozen chosen” and attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. At NAU Mikayla studied geology completing research on volcanic formations in Arizona, ran NAU’s student admissions and orientation programs, was involved in Greek life serving as her chapter’s VP of Academic Development, advocated for Arizona student rights through the Arizona Students’ Association, and was “headmistress” of the Harry Potter Appreciation Club. After graduating in the spring of 2016, Mikayla spent a year teaching elementary level English in Ashdod, Israel as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow. Through this, she had the opportunity become a Masa-Hillel fellow, serve as a Hillel Shabbat Scholar, and complete the Birthright Fellows program. Mikayla is thrilled to be serving the students at Arizona State University as an Engagement Associate and Ezra Fellow alongside an extraordinary staff. Mikayla’s focuses include mentoring “Engagement Interns,” coteaching the Jewish Learning Fellowship, teaching an introductory Hebrew course, recruiting and staffing ASU Hillel’s Birthright trip, and hosting the “Shmear Society” on the Tempe campus. Mikayla’s passions including reading, quoting Harry Potter, traveling with her husband Derek, and getting overly involved in the statistics of the Los Angeles Dodgers.