University of California, Davis
Arielle Zoken is a fourth year student at the University of California, Davis (UCD). She is originally from Marin County, California, and is majoring in economics and minoring in Jewish Studies. Currently, Arielle is studying abroad for the Fall Semester at King’s College London. Following high school, she took a gap year in Israel, and volunteered with the national ambulance service, Magen David Adom. At UCD, she was the vice president of the Jewish interest sorority, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, worked as a religious school teacher at the local synagogue, and was involved with Chabad at UC Davis.
During her sophomore year, Arielle began her interfaith work with the Muslim community at UCD when along with Muslim student leaders, she helped bring Kosher and Halal food options to campus dining halls. When anti-Semitic fliers were posted in October 2018 by white supremacists at UCD, she worked with the Anti Defamation League to create a training for student leaders at UCD about the history and modern manifestations of anti-Semitism. She was involved in communicating with the Chancellor’s office about how to improve their response to hate incidents such as the fliers and past anti-Semitic acts at UCD.
Arielle regularly communicates with the Muslim and Pro-Palestine communities to have conversations about anti-Semitism, Islamaphobia, and mutual respect in spite of varying political views and religions. She is also working to create a hate crimes task force at UCD to help students from all marginalized communities deal with the aftermath of hate crimes on campus.