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July 22: Carnegie Mellon Hosts Second Annual Workshop For Northern Israel's Future Leaders


Ken Walters

Carnegie Mellon Hosts Second Annual Workshop
For Northern Israel's Future Leaders

PITTSBURGH—Future Arab and Jewish leaders will join together at Carnegie Mellon University July 20-30 for the GaliLead Project, an ambitious effort to educate and develop a new generation of leaders for the Galilee region of Northern Israel.

The project hopes to foster social change and reform that improves the quality of life in the region for Arabs and Jews. Carnegie Mellon helped to design and deliver the leadership workshop curriculum, along with Arab and Jewish leaders in Israel, and leaders at the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh and United Jewish Communities.

"Education brings peoples and cultures together, and this project is a great example of that," said Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon's provost and senior vice president. "The workshop offers leaders a place where they can learn and develop different ways of resolving conflicts and create positive social change for the region."

Now in its second year, the workshop offers sessions in several areas, including cultural change in leadership, the influence of social networks, negotiation and conflict resolution, and leadership assessment and improvement.

"One of the project's goals is to create social change through a community-based, collaborative model," said Paul Goodman, the Richard M. Cyert professor of organizational psychology at the Tepper School of Business. "For example, one of the initiatives that our students will be working on is building a school for Arab children in the Galilee region."

The program will be attended by 20 students who are first-year fellows in the GaliLead Project. In addition to attending the workshop, students will tour Pittsburgh, visit with local leaders and talk about how the project can promote social change in Galilee.