This past weekend, progressive student leaders from across the country gathered in Washington D.C., for AIPAC’s sixth annual Progressive Student Retreat.
The participants, diverse students with demonstrated progressive leadership on campus, had the opportunity to learn about the importance of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship as well as ways to expand their involvement with AIPAC and the pro-Israel community.
Students attended group plenary sessions and chose from dozens of more intimate breakout sessions. Topics ranged from Israeli and Palestinian societies and the peace process, to broader regional challenges and the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.
One participant, Daniel Paulsen, president of College Democrats at the University of Oregon, said he will never forget his experience at the retreat.
“This was a great place for progressive students who believe in progressive ideas and values to come together and question each other regarding complex issues,” Paulsen said. “We had the opportunity to make sure that we are, as a group, working towards common goals.”
The weekend concluded with an open mic session where participants had the opportunity to reflect on their experiences at the retreat.
“I feel prepared to bring what I’ve learned back to my campus and help educate other College Dems around the issue,” Paulsen added.
Type: AIPAC Spotlight