This award celebrates the program or initiative that most epitomizes and supports The David Project's methodology of Relational Advocacy on their campus. Programs and program-like initiatives are utilized as a means, not an end, to relationships with communities that students do outreach with on campus.
The Hanukkah-Diwali Dinner at the University of Texas-Austin won because it reflects originality and creativity, had an Impact on a relationship with another community and involved community partners in the planning, organizing and implementation of the program. At this program students at Hillel and students from the Indian & Hindu communities explored traditions in Judaism and Hinduism and customs in India and Israel through the shared theme of having a festival of lights. Many came in traditional attire and had the opportunity to hear from an Israeli-Indian Jew about her family background and the importance to celebrate her intersectionality.
More than 200 students attended, and members of both of these communities are looking forward to continuing their relationship and this program during this upcoming year. Congratulations to the University at Texas-Austin for winning the 2017 Program of the Year!