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On September 11, 2001 life in America changed forever. As we remember the 16th anniversary of these horrific attacks, some of our students saw an opportunity to bring the campus community together.
Sarah Ovchinnikof and Ben Sack, David Project interns at Ohio State University, felt their own special connection to this day. "My dad is a former New York City Police Officer. That day holds special meaning to me and I wanted to do something to commemorate this event." Said Sarah. Ben saw an opportunity to work with other student organizations to partner in creating this meaningful event. By working with Buckeyes For Israel, a pro-Israel organization, College Republicans, and Empowered, a women's self-defense group, Ben found a way to connect different student groups and build meaningful relationships. "All of the speakers who participated connected in some way to this event" Ben said. "It showed that we were united in the face of tragedy and we feel this set us up for future programming opportunities."
One of the biggest highlights of this event was it's reach far beyond the campus community. Through the work of all these organizations, members of the local law enforcement and firefighter communities came out to support this event. The event garnered an amazing turnout and spoke to the shared values that Americans uphold to this day.
Looking towards the future, Ben and Sarah already see opportunities and ideas on how to continue to work together and strengthen these relationships. Ben sees an opportunity to tie in Yom Hazikaron and Memorial day to discuss the shared ideas behind commemorating these days. Sarah discussed ongoing work with Empowered to co-host a Krav Maga class and other self-defense initiatives.