Ariela Rivkin

Position title: Senior Class President


Ariela Rivkin, senior class president at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is pictured on Oct. 9, 2017. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Born and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, Rivkin is majoring in Russian language and comparative literature, with a learning certificate in Jewish Studies. She is the proud daughter and granddaughter of Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union, and a proud granddaughter of a former U.S. Coast Guard member. She has spent time studying abroad in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, with the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship program. She is passionate about student shared governance, having served on committees ranging from the Judiciary Committee on Student Organizations to the Residence Hall Advisory Board. Rivkin served two terms as an elected representative in student government, where she chaired the Grant Allocation Committee. She has loved participating in fundraisers and volunteering for the Make-A-Wish foundation with her sisters in Chi Omega. She serves as a member of the Hillel board of directors to help foster Jewish life on campus. She doesn’t yet know what she is doing after graduation and please, please don’t ask her.