Cheyenne visited Israel for the first time in 2013 on a ten-day course with her undergraduate university, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). The trip sparked her passion for biblical history, Jewish-Christian relations, and Israel advocacy in a way that redirected the rest of her undergraduate experience.
After graduating from MTSU, she decided to study for an M.A. in Nonprofit Management at the Rothberg International School (RIS) of Hebrew University in 2015-16.
“Jerusalem was a far jump from Tennessee, but I loved every single minute of living there. Learning Hebrew and conversing with Israelis and Shoah survivors were some of my proudest and most meaningful moments”. In addition, Cheyenne says she enjoyed learning about and experiencing the natural rhythms of rest and celebration that each Jewish holiday brings.
As for her social experience at Rothberg, Cheyenne tells us: “I met many friends at RIS from all over the world, some of whom I could only converse with in a basic Hebrew. With this diverse learning environment, I learned not only about life in Israel but also about life in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia.”
As part of her studies at Hebrew University, Cheyenne interned at the Jerusalem Institute for Justice, where she “had the privilege of combating global anti-Semitism”. She also had the opportunity to participate in the Jerusalem Media Syndrome program, where she learnt about effective social media techniques which she was able to put in to practice using her day-to-day experiences in Jerusalem.
Cheyenne now lives in Arlington, VA and works as a Major Gift Officer for the Leadership Institute. She interned at the Heritage Foundation in 2017 and was a Public Policy Fellow with The Fund for American Studies in 2018-19. She also spent a few months volunteering as a docent at the newly opened Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.
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