Diversity Shabbat dinner fosters intercultural discussion

The Brown and White written by Andre Verduzco

In the early hours of February 12, 2010, Avi Schaefer was killed by a drunk driver while walking back to campus at Brown University.

To keep Schaefer’s memory alive, his family started the Avi Schaefer fund, which aims to foster discussion among groups that often don’t communicate with one another. Schaefer had hopes of creating dialogue between Jewish and Palestinian people.

On Feb. 23, the Center for Gender Equity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Pride Center, the Chaplain’s Office and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity worked together and alongside student groups to host “Avi” Diversity Shabbat, co-funded by the Avi Schaefer Fund and the Berman Fund.

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