University Student Body Presidents – 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Countless American leaders began their careers in public life as student body presidents. Project Interchange believes it is critical to educate emerging leaders about Israel while they are still formulating their views on a variety of issues. Participants are student government leaders at universities in the Midwest including Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. The students spend time with Israeli Arab and Jewish students through visits to Israeli and Palestinian universities. These student leaders meet with leading Israeli Arab, Jewish and Palestinian policymakers, academics, and government officials to provide a foundation for understanding current realities. This seminar focuses on Israeli politics and society, the economy, water issues, Arab-Jewish coexistence, education and immigrant absorption. This group also receives briefings on the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Hezbollah conflicts, Israeli politics and the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Universities in Oklahoma, Montana, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Utah were represented with this year’s group of student body presidents. The seminar focused on Israel’s disengagement from Gaza, Arab-Jewish coexistence, the Middle East peace process, education and immigrant absorption. The students met with Israeli student leaders to discuss the similarities and differences of their roles on U.S. and Israeli campuses. Upon their return, the students shared their experiences with their campuses and communities through presentations to classes and campus groups and initiated changes to the study abroad policies of their respective campuses. Their campus newspapers provided extensive and favorable coverage of this Project Interchange Seminar. It was so powerful that one participant shared, “I am coming back to Israel to volunteer. There is so much good to be done here, particularly with SELAH, and I now see my career goals and personal desires coming together in Israel; I want to come to Israel to teach.”

July 31 -August 7, 2007 Photos

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December 26-January 4, 2007 Press

December 26-January 4, 2006 Photos

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July 30 – August 7, 2005 Press

July 30 – August 7, 2005 Photos

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December 26, 2004 – January 3, 2005 Press

December 26, 2004 – January 3, 2005 Photos

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January 3-11, 2004 Press

January 3-11, 2004 Photos

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July 30 – August 9, 2002 Press

July 30 – August 9, 2002 Photos

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