Campus of the Year: University of Massachusetts Amherst
This final award celebrates the campus that most epitomizes and supports The David Project's methodology of Relational Advocacy. This includes successfully implementing every component of The David Project’s on-campus program, integrating Israel Uncovered into the on-campus outreach strategy, and in general embodying the success that Relational Advocacy can have on a campus Israel climate.
The campus winner successfully completed strategic on-campus outreach activities, effectively used outreach to impact the campus map, used on-campus programming and initiatives to support their teams outreach goals, and incorporated Israel Uncovered into the year-long outreach strategy.
With a 12-person intern team, this university managed to complete over 450 outreach interactions, and 32 events over the course of the school year, with 8 different communities. They have built true campus allies with religious communities and the College Democrats, having events such as an Interfaith Shabbat dinner with CRU and the MSA an ongoing bible study series. Campus conversations with Hillel and College Democrats with topics ranging from speaking about Israel and being a democrat to Israel and Palestine and the two-state solution. Such meaningful events and campus conversations show the time and dedication that this campus has given towards the David Project’s mission of building meaningful relationship. They have consistently been one our top performing campus’s and are true allies of our work. Relationship building has been integrated within this campus’s Hillel’s mission and we are truly working as one cohesive unit. The past year’s Israel Fellow and the interns have created an environment where campus leaders are truly interested in Israel and are always willing to work together and collaborate with each other especially when it comes to supporting each other’s causes and issues.
The campus of the year is The University of Massachusetts, Amherst! Thank you for all your work to create positive change on campus.