Lecture on international crisis relief to be held at Eastern Michigan University

IsraAID, a leading humanitarian, non-governmental organization from Israel, will offer a free discussion for the EMU campus community and public on Wednesday, Feb. 13

YPSILANTI - How can we build bridges between people to help improve the lives of refugees? How can we aid populations who were affected by natural disasters across the world? What would be an effective and humanitarian way to solve the Israeli dispute?

On Wednesday, February 13, one of the world’s most noteworthy modern conflicts will be discussed at an event hosted by Hillel, a Jewish student organization, at 5 p.m. in the McKenny Hall Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

“I want to exemplify how the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence can aid the communities affected by natural disasters when they need it the most,” said Niv Rabino, main event speaker for the event, and the Director of Outreach and Engagement at IsraAID.

"We want to build a world in which individuals, communities, and institutions have the resilience to navigate today’s crises, withstand tomorrow’s and live sustainably," said Blake Zack, Hillel’s president at EMU.

IsraAID describes itself as an organization committed to providing life-saving emergency relief and durable solutions for populations affected by natural disasters, epidemics, and post-conflict situations. The organization says it has responded to crises in 46 countries and has ongoing programs in 16 countries.

“I would like to talk about how my work with refugees, and also here in the U.S., made room for a cultural change, said Rabino. “We aim to change minds by building bridges between people.”

For more information about the IsraAID organization and members visit their website.

For more information about Hillel at EMU visit their Facebook page.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 19,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

February 08, 2019

Written by:
Geoff Larcom

Geoff Larcom