The goal of UCLA’s Olive Tree Initiative is to promote educated dialogue on campus about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through empirical and experiential learning, centered around a student trip to the region. An inaugural trip is planned for September 2011, which will include a diverse cohort of 20 student leaders from Jewish, Muslim, Christian, or other religious as well as non-religious backgrounds who hold varying perspectives on the conflict. Two faculty members will also be included.

Students will raise funds for the trip cooperatively and decide together on a balanced itinerary, spending time in Israel proper and in the Palestinian Territories. Crossing physical and mental borders daily, students will be constantly confronted with diverging impressions, narratives and perspectives. Each night the group will gather to discuss, debate and reflect on the day’s experiences. The students will return to campus more educated, nuanced and open in their thinking, empowered to catalyze change through education and action.

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