Program of the Year: Falafel and Fajitas - George Mason University

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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.

This program 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. After attending The David Project’s national Latinos and Jews United conference in the fall, interns at George Mason University saw the need to further strengthen the Jewish and Latinx communities. They thought to do this by creating a program to learn about each other’s cultures and understanding issues that both communities face. At this program students from Mason Hillel and the Hispanic Students Association created a space to have a conversation around combating hateful language and stereotypes towards the Jewish and Latinx communities. Such a space gave way to form a connection between their shared values and develop a closer relationship - while also enjoying some delicious food unique to both cultures. More than 50 students attended, and members of both of these communities are looking forward to continuing their relationship and planning future initiatives this upcoming year.

 Amir Rachmat-Jones (left) and Chanel Shirazi (right) accepting the award for Program of the Year at the 2018 Relationship Building Institute

Amir Rachmat-Jones (left) and Chanel Shirazi (right) accepting the award for Program of the Year at the 2018 Relationship Building Institute

Congratulations to Falafel & Fajitas at George Mason University for winning Program of the Year! We look forward to exciting work you all will accomplish in the upcoming year.