2013 Fall Campus Initiatives
The following campus initiatives were launched at AIPAC’s 2013 Summer Saban Leadership Seminar:
iVest: Strengthening Prospects for Peace and Development
With Israel’s detractors attempting to push divestment through campus legislative channels, it is critical to demonstrate that nothing could be more detrimental to the Middle East Peace process. Historically, Israel has been most willing to take risks and make concessions for peace when the U.S.-Israel relationship was enhanced, not diminished. This fall, AIPAC campus activists will strengthen the prospect for peace by increasing their campus’ ties with Israel and Israeli institutions. In addition to declarative support for a stronger US-Israel relationship, pro-Israel activists will now lobby campus institutions to tangibly strengthen the relationship as well. They will promote new opportunities for engagement and cooperation with an eye towards creating inextricable ties between their campus and Israel.
Mobilizing Campus Assets to Fill Legislative Gaps
In recent years there has been a surplus of pro-Israel student activism directed towards Capitol Hill, allowing deficits to form in other key areas of the legislative process. This fall, AIPAC-trained students will coordinate with their AIPAC field organizers to identify legislative gaps and fill them by redirecting the focus of their lobbying in three ways:
• When to Lobby: students will lobby on Capitol Hill during specific times of the year when members of Congress are receiving fewer visits from other elements of the pro-Israel community.
• Where to Lobby: students will primarily lobby the district offices of their members of Congress.
• Whom to Lobby: students will lobby key Congressional staffers instead of focusing primarily on members of Congress themselves.
Broadening the Base through AIPAC NGauge
With greater challenges facing Israel, it is imperative to involve more pro-Israel activists in the American political process by broadening pro-Israel political participation. AIPAC NGauge was created to do just that. This fall, AIPAC-trained activists will use AIPAC NGauge to increase the involvement of their pro-Israel peers on campuses across America. In addition to increasing NGauge activity and usership, pro-Israel activists will use AIPAC NGauge to:
• Create objective metrics for measuring personal impact and political influence.
• Quickly disseminate best practices originating on their campus to the national campus community.
• Help identify new leaders of the pro-Israel political movement on campuses throughout the country.