Student Leaders: Sydney Pope (sgp2) & Gaby Ivanova (ggi1)
Faculty/Staff Advisors: Seth Wax & Bilal Ansari
SIPD aims to bring students together — no matter their background, ideological leanings, or perspectives — and provide opportunities and forums to share and learn more about the Israeli Palestinian conflict and occupation. We feel that there is a gap in campus conversations, so our goal is to create more open dialogue, education, and compassion within the community about the reality in Palestine and Israel. We hope to achieve this by inviting speakers from the ground and around the world, ranging from activists, artists, filmmakers, scholars, to individuals with powerful stories to share. Part of our mission is to increase education and awareness and to create spaces to practice critical skills, so a big part of our programming is hosting workshops around Palestinian and Israeli history as well as dialogue and active listening skills.
SIPD aims to combine compassion with knowledge and learning about a topic that is often simplified due to its historical and emotional complexities. We aim to extend interdisciplinary learning beyond the classroom and apply it to a global setting, emphasizing the diversity in background, education, and opinion of those on campus and in the world.