California Student Leaders - December 2010

Against the backdrop of increased anti-Israel activity on college campuses, Project Interchange brought two delegations of student leaders to Israel to learn first-hand about the country’s strategic challenges, democratic institutions and vibrant society. Seventeen American universities were represented in total.

One group, made up of student leaders from across California, included student body presidents and heads of associations such as Black Student Union, campus think thanks, and LGBT and environmental advocacy groups.

The second delegation included student reporters and editors from campus media outlets at Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, University of California, Irvine and San Francisco State, among six other universities.

The two unique programs, each one week in length, gave participants direct access to Israeli, Palestinian and Israeli-Arab elites in government, media, business and the NGO sector. Participants also met with student leaders from Tel Aviv University, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and Hebrew University. Additionally, they visited key strategic areas throughout Israel and gained exposure to the country’s ongoing humanitarian efforts and high-tech advances.