PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!

May 30, 2012 at 9:43 am | Posted in PresenTense Fellowship 2012 | Leave a comment
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5 Minutes with Rebecca Meiser

Kindness Counts

Who inspired you to launch this venture?

I was noticing on campus the disconnect between students. Busy as they were on their phones, iPods, and iPads, they’d stop seeing one another and the world around them. They were losing compassion.

Where will your venture be in a year?

In a year, my curriculum will be used at a dozen campuses across the country, as an impetus for students to start their own kindness revolutions.

What is your vision for the fellowship program?

My hope is that the fellowship will create an ongoing cohort of connected individuals who help engage each other and the community in new, exciting projects that bring everyone closer.

What are the biggest challenges you face?

The biggest challenge I face is a lack of time.

What change do you hope to make?

I hope to make campuses kinder, more compassionate places, where people see the similarities in each other, rather than their differences, and realize that kindness is a core component of Judaism.

What person do you relate to in Jewish History?

Rebecca — she is known for her compassion and strength.

What is the biggest question you’re grappling with now?

What is the best way to spread this message?

What is the biggest challenge facing our community today?

Being unable to see the sameness in each other and focusing mostly on our differences.

What is the most valuable thing learned from the program?

The best thing gained from PresenTense was not a “thing” — but rather a community of intelligent, compassionate people who believed in each other’s visions and helped each other succeed.


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