AJC Launches Campus Global Board to Broaden College Student Engagement
On August 24, American Jewish Committee (AJC) launched its Campus Global Board, an initiative to broaden the leading global Jewish advocacy organization’s engagement with college students around the world.
This highly competitive opportunity attracted a diverse international group of student leaders to develop and practice Jewish advocacy skills on and off campuses. Abe Baker-Butler from Rye Brook has been elected Executive Vice President of the Board. He is a rising sophomore at Yale and graduated first in his class at Blind Brook High School.
“I spoke with hundreds of Jewish student leaders and asked a straightforward question, ‘How can AJC best support you?’ The answer given by the overwhelming majority was simple – empowerment,” said Jeffrey Greenberg, AJC Assistant Director of Campus Affairs. “Through the creation of this new leadership team, AJC will dedicate significant resources to empower students to authentically advocate for themselves and the Jewish people.”
The Campus Global Board is composed of 20 undergraduate and graduate Jewish student leaders from the U.S., Canada, Israel, the Netherlands and South Africa.
Board members currently study at:
American University, Amherst College, Colgate University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dickinson College, McGill University, New York University, University of Notre Dame, Princeton University, Queen’s University (Canada), Rice University, South African College of Applied Psychology, Tel Aviv University, University of Amsterdam, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, and Yale University.
The term for the first AJC Campus Global Board began this summer and will conclude at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year.
“This board provides college students with agency and resources to shape our futures and be active members of our Jewish communities,” said Emma Daitz, Campus Board president and a student at Amherst College.
“I am excited to combine AJC’s global and nuanced approach to fighting antisemitism and anti-Israel bias, among other things, with the passion, determination, and creativity of my fellow board members. Ultimately, we feel empowered when we have a voice, and I am grateful to AJC for giving us this opportunity.”
Members embody the diverse make up of Jewish students in America and around the globe. They will gain real-world experience and learn from leading experts in domestic and international affairs.
Creation of the Campus Global Board is the latest AJC effort to engage Jewish students who face many challenges on campus.
By facilitating lasting coalitions, practicing effective advocacy and messaging, and crafting meaningful educational experiences, AJC’s Alexander Young Leadership Department is working to build a more secure, open, and positive campus environment.
The AJC Campus Global Board complements the agency’s successful Goldman Fellowship, Leaders for Tomorrow, and the Campus Track at AJC’s annual Global Forum.