Student Spotlight: Caiti Lively

Name: Caiti Lively                                                                                

Major: Conflict Analysis and Resolution                                                     

Campus Involvements: Speaker of The Student Senate: Student Government. Vice chair: College Resolution. Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. Vice President of Finance and Records for the Panhellenic Council.

 

1. Why do you care about Israel?

As a hub within the global community, Israel has a multitude of narratives to be discovered for anyone who chooses to uncover them. I was privileged to get a glimpse of those narratives, stories, and history that Israel is so rich in on the Israel Uncovered trip last year. Possessing a strong cultural, religious, and political history, this community remains unprecedented in their ability to evolve yet still remembering their roots. While in Israel, being surrounded by such a diverse and dynamic group of many different cultures, people, and beliefs I learned just how important relationship building and communication is. Everyone I encountered while in Israel just hoped for peace and happiness. I care, because I feel Israel can be very misunderstood and I want to take my experiences and help shed some light on just how special Israel is and the good it does for the global community.

2. What do I want others to know about Israel after getting to know me?

After getting to know me, I would like everyone to know Israel is a place welcoming to everyone, Jewish or not. Although I was nervous about how I would be welcomed into their culture, I was overwhelming welcomed with open hearts to share their diverse and dynamic country they all hold so dear. Israeli people take pride in themselves and their country despite all their hardships, and truly want all outsiders to see the vibrancy and unity of their community.

3. What's your favorite part about interning with The David Project?

My favorite part about being an intern is getting to interact with so many different communities on campus teaching them and exposing them to Israel. It is so valuable of an experience because I am a not only teaching others but I am continuously learning from other communities and all the incredible people at The David Project. My involvement with the David Project makes me so eager to push myself to learn more and do more to educate myself and my community here at Mason.

4. Why do you think it's important to build relationships across campus communities?

It is important to build relationships on campus because it helps build a cohesive community. When people learn to come together and actually work together, you can accomplish more impactful contributions than you would on your own.

5. What are you most looking forward to as an intern this semester?

I am really looking forward to growing our presence and sense of community here at George Mason this semester!