Sewalem Werkneh is a student at Nishmat: the Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Studies for Women’s Maayan (N.E.W.) College Program and a student leader in Nishmat’s Identity Seminars on Wheels, where she leads empowerment workshops about identity and reducing prejudice in elementary and high-schools throughout Israel. In the fall, Sewalem will begin a degree in Bioinformatics. She grew up in Ethiopia in a farming community called Vagra (near Gondor) and made aliyah when she was 6 years old. After four and a half years in an absorption center in Mevaseret, her family settled in an apartment Be’er Yaakov. She served as a bat sherut in Ulpana Even Shmuel, where she worked with 11th and 12th grade girls.