Katherine Rainey, President of BSU, and Becca Levine, KU Hillel’s Jewish Experience Intern, coordinated the event together. The two met with Dr. Blaine Harding from the Office of Multicultural Affairs in order to establish talking points about the entwined history of the two cultures. Levine said she had the idea to collaborate with BSU after attending the Colors of KU leadership conference.
“The program inspired me to connect two strong communities into a network beneficial for future endeavors,” said Levine. “In order to strengthen your community you have to understand and experience the communities around you.” Levine felt that the event succeeded in meeting the intended goals.
Tori Luecking, KU sophomore from St. Louis, attended the event and said the conversations were much more thought-provoking than expected.
Both Levine and Rainey plan to continue the conversation by including all multicultural organizations on campus in the future.
“Building a conversation is essential to building a relationship,” Levine said.