The 2017 Relationship Building Institute

The 2017 Relationship Building Institute was full of amazing speakers, moments, and sessions that made this year's conference one to remember. Taking place at the Washington University in St. Louis, this year's conference featured over 140 professionals and students, who represented 45 college campuses.

Bar Galin (Israel Fellow) and Jackson Pincus (Student Advocate) representing American University at the 2017 Relationship Building Institute.

Bar Galin (Israel Fellow) and Jackson Pincus (Student Advocate) representing American University at the 2017 Relationship Building Institute.

Not only does our conference work to enhance relationship building skills, but it also highlights the tremendous work that our campuses put forth each year with our annual leadership dinner. This year's award ceremony featured a number of worthy recipients, who demonstrated how to effectively use relational advocacy on campus, plan successful programming with other communities, as well as serve as a model for successful professional partnerships. The winners of this year's awards were the following:

Program of the Year: University of Texas at Austin. 
Israel Uncovered Program of the Year: Michigan State University.
Student Advocate of the Year: Ben Kern from Rutgers University. 
Campus of the Year: University of Cincinnati

We're so proud of the tremendous work each of our recipients performed on their respective campuses and can't wait to see what they accomplish in the upcoming year. 

The University of Cincinnati intern team receiving the 2017 David Project Campus of the Year Award.  

The University of Cincinnati intern team receiving the 2017 David Project Campus of the Year Award.  

One unique addition to this year's Relationship Building Institute was the role our National Student Board played in teaching many of our educational sessions. This year's National Student Board focused on educating their peers about many of the important skills for our work on campus. Such sessions included building mutually beneficial relationships with other communities, as well as planning a successful program with another community or organization. 

To finish off the conference, one student and delegation were recognized for their participation and enthusiasm all throughout the conference. These award winners amazed us with their grasp of relational advocacy and clear dedication towards creating positive change on their campuses. The winners of these awards were the following:

Best Relationship Building Institute Advocate: Carmen Campbell, University of Miami   Best Relationship Building Institute Delegation: Trinity College

The Trinity College delegation receiving the Best 2017 Relationship Building Institute Delegation Award.

The Trinity College delegation receiving the Best 2017 Relationship Building Institute Delegation Award.

We're so thankful to all of our students, professionals, and campus partners, that made the 2017 Relationship Building Institute so special. Here's to another amazing year!