Skyler, a junior from Raleigh, was seeking community and a sense of belonging. This is how she found it.
I’ve always considered myself an introvert, but when I found Hillel, something changed. I’m running around, talking to everybody. It’s like my safe zone. Our Hillel includes people from so many different backgrounds in terms of gender, faith experiences, varying abilities, and commuter students. If someone feels like an outsider, we immediately explain things to them. You are who you are and you are accepted. That is one of my favorite things about Hillel at UNC-Greensboro.
Now I sit on the Intercultural Leadership Council through the UNCG Office of Engagement - as far as we know, this is the first time Hillel has been part of the council! Without Hillel's encouragement, I would never have taken on a leadership role on campus. I was also very excited at the end of the year when the university recognized our hard work by naming us a Student Group of Excellence
I am so proud of the community we have built and that students like me are building all over North Carolina.
Skyler Portnoy, UNCG '21
Major: Professions in Deafness
Hometown: Raleigh, NC