The Armenian Genocide - Holocaust Awareness Event at UCLA
At the University of California, Los Angeles, David Project interns partnered with the Armenian Student Association and the Undergraduate Student Leadership Council for the Alan. D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA to put on an educational program about the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust. Over the course of this academic year, our interns have begun building relationships with the Armenian community, and saw an opportunity to partner on this important event.
Darion Ouliguian is a David Project intern and an Armenian student at UCLA. As part of his relationship building on campus, Darion saw many similarities between the Jewish and Armenian communities. “Being an Armenian student at UCLA, I have seen so many commonalities between Armenians and Jews, and I have always wanted to put on an event showcasing some of these similarities. The Center for Jewish Studies helped to bring in a professional speaker, and had access to funding and a large network of academics to help put together the different aspects of the event.”
Darion says he had been working on this kind of event for over a year, and saw this as a way to share powerful narratives from these tragic experiences, while also serving as a memorial for those lives lost. “The main focus of the event was to bring awareness to the commonalities of these two tragic times in our human history, and to act as a memorial event for the victims.” While relationships are still beginning to grow with the Armenian community, Darion believes that this event served as a great first step towards a genuine and fruitful relationship. “I hope that this event will shed some light on tragic times in our history, while bringing together students who normally would not be associated with each other.” Darion said. “ I believe that this event is the first step in a strong Armenian-Jewish relationship.”