As the academic year came to a close, North Carolina Hillel celebrated student accomplishments, said goodbye to students as they embarked on summer adventures (including internships in Israel!), and toasted the graduating class of 2019. In the midst of this, two campuses recognized the important contributions that Hillel has made to university life. We are thrilled to share that UNC-Greensboro has recognized Hillel as a Student Group of Excellence and Appalachian State has awarded Hillel with the Student Organization Leadership Award.
To become a Student Group of Excellence at UNCG, student groups must meet high standards over the course of the year, including participating in a Leadership Academy and Emerging Leaders Conference, completing community service projects, and collaborating with other student groups.
"This year, UNCG Hillel has made many efforts to continue to weave itself into the fabric of the university," explains Vicki Cathcart, Director of Student Life at UNCG Hillel. "Being recognized as a Student Group of Excellence is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our student leadership board and active members. We hope that all Jewish students at UNCG learn that Hillel is a thriving part of campus life and open to everyone."
Meanwhile, the administration at Appalachian State celebrated Hillel's student leaders, along with AEPi, for organizing the inspiring Two Days Against Hate program in November. "This was an effort to bring the student body together in a stance against hate and more specifically against anti-Semitism," explains rising senior Aaron Carpenter, who serves as Hillel Social Action chair. This campus-wide program included hundreds of students signing a pledge against hate, a student-led conversation about differences, and a speech by a reformed white supremacist.
North Carolina Hillel celebrates our students who have emerged as campus leaders during this challenging year, proudly representing our Jewish communities, and who have shared the Jewish values of loving our neighbors and healing the world with our larger university communities.