Social justice advocate Sara Ackerman has dedicated the majority of her undergraduate years at New York University to participation in social awareness movements and volunteer positions with charitable organizations. Attending NYU since 2008, Sara Ackerman participated in the Social Action Exchange between 2009 and 2011, which involved meeting with Israeli, Hungarian, and American Jews in Jerusalem, Budapest, and New York to discuss social justice issues.
Also promoting social justice beyond her local community, Sara Ackerman participated in a trip to El Salvador in the summer of 2009 as a volunteer for American Jewish World Service. Over the course of the summer, Ackerman lived in an impoverished town where she and fellow volunteers erected a community center for a local nongovernmental organization. She also participated in text studies during this time, incorporating principles of Judaism into a study of social justice.
The following summer, Sara Ackerman participated in the Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP), which offers paid internships to college students in the New York City area. CLIP allows interns to gain skills for their future careers, hone their leadership abilities, and expand their knowledge of the New York and larger North American Jewish communities. The program is a competitive one, and interns are placed in positions with well-known organizations, where they work on substantive projects that challenge them and offer valuable practical experience.
Other volunteer positions Sara Ackerman has held include involvement in Dorot’s Friendly Visiting program. In this capacity, she pays weekly visits to an elderly woman as part of a project to bridge generational gaps. In the springs of 2010 and 2011, Ackerman served as Co-Chairperson for the Manicure for a Cure fundraiser event, earning the Bronfman Center Community Service Award for her breast cancer awareness and fundraising efforts.