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Batya Septimus is the Program Director, Dialogue and Social Change Fellowships.
An alumnus of Queens College, Batya graduated summa cum laude with majors in English, Middle Eastern Studies, and Jewish Studies.
was the winner of the Knag Scholarship presented to a graduating senior with high academic achievement and promise of contributing to society, the Robert Greenberg Memorial Prize for best performance in the English Honors Program, and the Maimonides Award for superior scholarship in Jewish Studies.
was the 2011 winner of the Gregory Rabassa prize in translation for her
translation of poems by Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai and studied Arabic in Morocco after winning the Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarship for Peace and Diplomacy in the winter of 2011.
Batya was an active student member in CERRU and is most proud of originating the now annual inter-cultural fashion show.
After graduating from Queens College in May 2012, Batya joined the CERRU staff and co-taught the Walk in the Other Side's Shoes history course with Mark Rosenblum and Sophia McGee for one semester, leading the discussion of the conflict through visual arts and literature.
Program Director, Dialogue and Social Change Fellowships
Seventeen models worked with six stylists ...
Seventeen models worked with six stylists and designers under the direction of Batya Septimus, the fellowship coordinator at CERRU, who conceived the idea of an inter-cultural fashion show as a senior at Queens College.
"Fashioning Our Identities" fits into the CERRU mission by highlighting the complexity of identity and how individuals negotiate their identities, according to Septimus
"Usually at a fashion show, the model is a human hanger," Septimus