Student government should be an opportunity to develop leadership skills, work with diverse groups of student leaders to improve campus life, and plan fulfilling programs for one’s peers. So why does it seem like many student governments have become little more than a platform for constant vilification of Israel, and of Jews for supporting the Jewish state?
Each time a BDS resolution comes up in student government, Jewish students are compelled to defend themselves, their Jewish values, and Israel against the smears and false accusations of BDS supporters. Often, the “reward” for defeating BDS is having to fight the same battle again the following school year. How can Jewish students and their supporters change the conversation in student government to enable student leaders to focus on the issues that directly impact the lives and wellbeing of the campus community? Join us to hear from student leaders who have first-hand experience working to push student governments to act as a means of improving student life, instead of an arena for petty geopolitical battles.