A diverse group of UCI students from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze and nonreligious backgrounds founded the Olive Tree Initiative in 2007 with help from the School of Social Sciences’ Center for Citizen Peacebuilding. The students wanted a forum in which to learn about and discuss different perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2008, OTI and faculty members made the first two-week trip to the region, where they met with academics, politicians, religious authorities, community leaders and activists. In April 2009, the group held a three-day UC Student Leadership Summit that resulted in two other UC campuses adopting the Olive Tree Initiative.
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1517 (bldg. 214, grid F10 on campus map)