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Fox ’19 Thrives on Community Engagement

Fox Matt 2 DUMatthew Fox ’19, who serves as vice president of both Hobart Student Government and Hillel, encourages fellow students to get involved on campus. He says he appreciates what the engagement has given him and wants to share with fellow classmates.

Recently, he has been working with Hillel in preparation of Passover which began April 10. Fox says his involvement began as a first-year student when he attended a Shabbat dinner at the Abbe Center for Jewish Life during his first week on campus. By that October, he’d joined Hillel’s board serving as the first-year representative which has evolved into his role as vice president. Fox says he enjoys programming, recruitment and assisting with events, such as the recent deli night, bagel brunch and Shabbat dinners.

“Hillel brings people together and when I was a new first-year trying to find my way around a new campus and this new aspect of my life, it was helpful to make instant friends and know that every week there were people who I could talk to and ask for guidance,” Fox explains.

Additionally, Fox appreciates that Hillel works to educate the broader community. “At a lot of events, we get people who’ve never been exposed to Jewish culture at all. Once they come and see the Jewish customs and culture, they often return with friends. Hillel educates the campus about Judaism and broadens people’s horizons.”

He also find his other work on campus rewarding including serving as vice president of Hobart Student Government and a member of the nationally-competitive HWS Debate Team and the vice president of the HWS Residence Hall Association. “Connecting everything I do is the desire to help students realize they have a voice,” he says.

In the classroom the political science major, with a minor in international relations, has flourished. He cites Professor of Public Policy Craig Rimmerman’s “Democracy and Public Policy” class for opening his eyes to how policy influences the world.

Under the guidance of Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski, he also participated in The March: Bearing Witness to Hope, a nine-day program led by Holocaust survivors and scholars traveling through Germany and Poland.

“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Fox, who enjoyed connecting with students from other colleges. “It was very beneficial to see how students around the world think and approach the same topics that we study.”

Fox plans to pursue a career in corporate risk management or corporate analysis.