About Us

Shura Gat

Interim Director, Women's Resource Center
(607) 255-1406

Shura Gat joined the Women’s Resource Center as Assistant Director in the Fall of 2017 and as Interim Director in July 2018. At Cornell, she previously served as the Director of Community Center Programs, the Interim Director of the LGBT Resource Center and as a Captionist in Student Disability Services. In all of her roles at Cornell, Shura has enjoyed engaging with students and colleagues on issues relating to intersectionality and the impact of social identities on individuals’ experiences. She continues this as part of the Women’s Resource Center, supporting students as they plan programs and events highlighting these perspectives.

Shura holds an M.A. in Critical Cultural Studies from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Wellesley College. Her academic research has focused on the experiences of women who participate in martial arts and fighting sports. In addition to her work with students at Cornell, Shura’s commitment to individual transformation and wellbeing is expressed through her avocation as an energy medicine practitioner.


2018-19 Executive Board Members

 

Kjersti Anderson
kma57@cornell.edu



My name is Kjersti (pronounced “chur-stee”) and I am a senior Biological Engineering major, minoring in Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies. I am originally from Minnesota but have lived abroad in Taiwan, Brazil, Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. Prior to my time with the WRC, I spent three years as a varsity athlete on the field hockey team. I joined WRC to help further the conversation on campus about feminist issues.

 

Meredith Abato
mha47@cornell.edu

My name is Meredith and I’m a junior from White Plains, NY majoring in Government and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. My favorite part about being on the board of the WRC is Feminism Food for Thought!! I can’t wait see all that will be accomplished this year!

 

Carmel Bendit-Shtull
crb248@cornell.edu



My name is Carmel and I am senior in the School of Hotel Administration, with a minor in Law & Society. I am originally from New York City. On campus, I am involved with Hotel Ezra Cornell, Female Leadership in Hospitality, and Pa’lante Salsa Dance troupe. I am very excited to be part of the WRC for a second year!

 

Julia Burstein
jb2293@cornell.edu



Hi! I’m Julia, a senior majoring in Government with a minor in Global Health. Besides working with the WRC, I am on the club rowing team, a club member of Planned Parenthood Generation Action, and an Outdoor Odyssey guide. I am excited to be part of the Women’s Resource Center because I get to work on projects that can positively impact students from all backgrounds.

 

Liz Davis-Frost
ed466@cornell.edu

Elizabeth Deneen
ead243@cornell.edu

Hi! My name is Elizabeth, and I’m a senior from Chicago. I’m double majoring in Statistical Science and Sociology with a minor in Inequality Studies. This will be my second year with the WRC, and I love it because I’ve gotten to meet so many other passionate feminists on campus and work on tangible projects together. This year, I’m looking forward to working on some of my favorite events like Take Back the Night and Feminist Food for Thought!

 

Sara Gamaleldin
sg997@cornell.edu

My name is Sara Gamaleldin, and I’m from Cairo, Egypt. I’m a junior in CALS studying Food Science. I joined the WRC after having a fulfilling experience being on the Vagina Monologues production team last year. On campus, I’m the Arabic native speaker at the Language House and also on a Food Science project team. This is my first year on the e-board, so I’m very excited to see what great things we’ll achieve!

 

Aleena Ismail
ai257@cornell.edu

My name is Aleena Ismail and I am a sophomore from Chicago. I am majoring in Information Science and minoring in International Relations in the College of Arts and Sciences. On campus, I am involved in Social Business Consulting, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, and The Failure Project. This is my first year with the WRC and I am excited to help support the incredible women at Cornell.

 

Amanda Kabonero
akk56@cornell.edu

Hello! I'm Amanda and I am a sophomore majoring in Development Sociology, with minors in Business and Global Health. In addition to the WRC, I'm involved in the Cornell Public Service Center, Coalition of Pan-African Scholars, serve on the executive board of GlobeMed at Cornell, and write for the Cornell Chronicle. This is my first year on the board and I’m excited to advance the mission of the WRC on campus!

 

Lilly Kahris
lk295@cornell.edu

My name is Lilly and I am a senior originally from Buffalo, NY.  I am in the school of Industrial and Labor Relations, with minors in Law & Society and Inequality Studies. On campus, I am involved with Consent Ed, Alpha Phi Omega, and I work as a Program Assistant with Pre-College Opportunity Programs at the Public Service Center. I am passionate about the work the WRC does, and can’t wait to get started!

 

Sarah Lieberman
sarah.alice13@gmail.com

My name is Sarah, I’m from Lawrence, Kansas, and I am a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, studying English with minors in psychology, creative writing, and Spanish. I joined the Women’s Resource Center because some of biggest role models and the best feminists I know were involved in the WRC, and the center became a home away from home for me before I even applied. I’m so excited for our Worth a Shot campaign this year and to get involved with the Vagina Monologues again!

 

Raegan Loheide
ral324@cornell.edu

I’m Raegan, a junior from Woodstock, New York. I’m a Global and Public Health Sciences major with minors in Inequality Studies and Law & Society. I’m really excited to be joining the WRC this year and to get to know all of these empowered people and the wonderful work that they all do! On campus, I’m also involved in Planned Parenthood Generation Action, Friends of Farmworkers, and work on research with the Soils, Food and Healthy Communities Project.

Molly Pushner
map375@cornell.edu

I am Molly Pushner and a senior in the College of Agriculture & Life science studying Applied Economics & Management and minoring in Law & Society. This is my third year on the WRC board. Elsewhere on campus, I am involved with Cornell Hillel, the Big Red Shuttle, and POLIS - Pre Government Society. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, I love boston sports and a good lobster roll. I am excited to spend my last year as a student supporting the women of Cornell!

 

Sabrina Sugano
sks247@cornell.edu

My name is Sabrina, I'm from San Diego, California. I'm a senior in ILR with a minor in inequality studies. On campus, I am involved in Consent Ed and Planned Parenthood Generation Action. I'm looking forward to getting involved wiht Take Back the Night again this year and trying some new projects for my second year with the WRC.

Drew Valentine
dav79@cornell.edu

My name is Drew Valentine and I am a senior studying Biology and Society with a theme of Science, Technology and Inequalities in CALS. Additionally, I am obtaining two minors - Law and Society as well as Minority, Third World and Indigenous Studies. On campus, I am the Co-President for the Women of Color Coalition and a member of OADI’s Pre-Professional Program. This is my third and final year on the board! In this final year, I want to make sure that minority organizations on campus are utilizing our services especially funding.