Brian Burke, University of Pittsburgh, Sophomore
Q: Which campus community or communities are you a part of? Do you hold a leadership role in any of your communities?
A: This year, I am going to be the president of Panthers for Israel. I am also the Jewish Education Chair on the Hillel student board at Pitt.
Q: Have you ever been to Boston before?
A: Just once, for the Relationship Building Institute last summer!
Q: Why are you coming to the Relationship Building Institute?
A: I think that the Relationship Building Institute is a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from Israel advocates from campuses across the country. Each and every session is informative and engaging, and I love learning about how we can strengthen the pro-Israel community by working with all different kinds of student groups, from political to cultural and religious organizations.
Q: Which part of the Relationship Building Institute are you most excited about?
A: I am probably most excited for the sessions about personal narrative. I think that it is a really unique way for people to share their connection, love, and passion for Israel.
Q: What are you looking forward to learning about?
A: I am really excited to learn more about the advocacy approaches David Project interns and student leaders are successfully using at other campuses.
Q: Who are you looking forward to seeing?:
A: The David Project staff and friends I made at last year’s Relationship Building Institute!
Q: Who are you looking forward to meeting?:
A: I cannot wait to meet the amazing speakers from other non-profit organizations and more amazing students who are now part of The David Project family.
Q: What are 3 things you love about Israel?
A: 1. The fact that the country is rooted in so many religious and cultural traditions that go back thousands of years, but is also incredibly modern, free, and open at the same time.
2. The people, culture, and history that are such an important part of who I am.
3. The feeling that I am at home when I am there.
Q: Name a unique quality that you bring to the table and to the conference.
A: I think that my ability to listen and be a team player has helped me immensely when it comes to being an advocate for Israel on campus. From planning programs to meeting with different student leaders, listening to others’ thoughts and opinions and realizing that you are part of a bigger team is vital.