The David Project is so excited to welcome Carlos Martinez as the newest member of campus team. Watch and read below to learn more about Carlos.
The David Project: Why is it important for students from different backgrounds/communities to learn about each other?
Carlos: Too many people grow up in bubbles, whether those are geographical, cultural, or political. In order for students to grow during their college years, they need to be ready to leave their comfort zones and learn about new peoples and their experiences. When we venture out and learn about new communities it helps us make a connection on the shared experiences that transcend our barriers.
TDP: What is your favorite thing about Israel? Why?
Carlos: My favorite thing about Israel is the way such a small country unites people of all different backgrounds. During my time in college, I could vigorously argue with people of the other side of the political spectrum on a multitude of issues but we could quickly unite behind our mutual support of Israel.
TDP: What is your go-to way to begin a conversation with someone you don't know?
Carlos: I’ve found that the best way to connect with a total stranger is to make an effort to get to know as much about them as possible. A simple “Hello, I’m X what’s your name?” goes a long way and sets you up for a conversation where you can interchange information
TDP: What are you looking forward to most about working with The David Project? Why?
Carlos: I’m looking forward to working with The David Project because of the approach it uses. Coalition building is something I spent a lot of time doing in college in a wide variety of communities and I’m excited to start doing it to increase Israel advocacy on campuses throughout the Bay Area.
TDP: What is an example of a time you were an ally? What is an example of a time you built a coalition?
Carlos: When a BDS push came to my campus, the pro-Israel community came to life. People of all backgrounds came together to push back and the measure was soundly defeated. I was proud to have lent my voice in speaking out against BDS. The only way that happened was through the amazing coalition-building measures the pro-Israel community at UT took.