Student post from Danielle Karta, a sophomore at San Francisco State University On an early Sunday morning, a few of my peers and I attended The David Project "Proactive Israel Advocacy Training" at UC Davis. We were immediately greeted by the campus coordinator, Bella, who we instantly took a liking to. As more people started to show up, the environment created by all the students was so friendly that it didn't take long before everyone had bonded and began sharing their unique stories.
The main focus of this training was to learn how to bring a proactive and positive approach to Israel advocacy on the college campus. Coming from a campus with practically no Israeli presence or support, this concept not only blew my mind but really inspired me. As the day progressed we were introduced to different concepts and then we would discuss how we felt about it in an open and safe environment.
What was unique about this training was that immediately following our discussion we would put the idea into action. For example, we discussed branching out to other established campus groups to create relationships as well as share our stories of Israel. Sure enough, The David Project invited three young leaders from different, non Jewish, UC Davis clubs to join us for dinner, putting our words straight into action.
I truly feel this was one of the most beneficial conferences I have been to. It was run so professionally yet was still so very welcoming, interactive, and fun thanks to Bella’s enthusiasm. I am truly inspired and cannot wait to see what the future has to hold.