Elissa Buxbaum joined ADL as Director of Campus Affairs in August 2016 after 12 years of experience in higher education. Elissa served as the Associate Director for the Greenfield Intercultural Center at the University of Pennsylvania, advising student groups like the Race Dialogue Project, managing diversity training for the University, and teaching experiential learning courses on cross-cultural understanding. At Colorado State University, Elissa Buxbaum went on to a position as Special Assistant to the Vice President for Diversity on campus climate policy, faculty/staff engagement and responding to bias incidents. Through additional work with committees, teaching, academic and career advising, Buxbaum led initiatives on student success and equity practices. Elissa published a new method for inclusive career counseling in the Journal of Career Planning and Adult Development, additionally presenting on this and other diversity initiatives at AAC&U, ACPA and various education associations’ conferences. Through volunteer work, Elissa was a lead facilitator for the Jewish Dialogue Group, engaging community in difficult conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
As Director of Campus Affairs for ADL, Elissa maximizes the organization’s expertise across 7 divisions and 25 regional offices to serve all colleges and universities across the country. She manages work related to hate, bias and free speech, including resources, presentations, legislative advocacy, anti-bias education and programs specific to understanding anti-Semitism. In June of 2018, Elissa launched the Hate/Uncycled resource for administrators and campus law enforcement teams, and is excited to partner with campus communities to both respond to hate incidents and to build a future with less bias and hate.
Elissa Buxbaum received a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in Psychology and Linguistics and two master’s degrees; one in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and the second in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University. Elissa uses she/her pronouns.