This past summer, The David Project, along with Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), hosted Israel Amplified, a conference focused on engaging the Greek community with Israel. The conference was a tremendous success, and many students gained a new set of advocacy skills that they were excited to bring into their fraternities and sororities. Now that the semester is here, these students have begun to use these skills on campus. One of the ways Amplified participants have used these skills is by talking with their brothers and sisters about personal advocacy and helping to train them in some of the skills they learned at the conference. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit The Ohio State University and lead a Personal Narrative workshop for sisters of Alpha Epsilon Phi (AEPhi). Lindsay Bialosky, who attended Israel Amplified this summer, helped me by putting me in contact with the appropriate members of her sorority and setting up a time and place to meet with her sisters.
This was the first workshop for a fraternity or sorority outside of Israel Amplified and the results were impressive! The sisters enjoyed having the opportunity to talk about their personal connection to Israel. They understood that being able share a personal story about why Israel is important to them will help them engage in meaningful conversations and relationships with other students. Once they form a relationship with another student, talking about Israel might become much easier and less uncomfortable. They develop a sense of trust and respect for one another.
My hope is to continue to lead these Personal Narrative workshops for fraternities and sororities on campuses throughout the country. Greek life is an important part of campus life and being able to engage students both within and outside the Greek community with Israel is an extremely important undertaking.