The Olive Tree Initiative is happy to announce our 2019 Gala and want to inviteyou to attend a night of delicious food, engaging conversation, and inspiring students.  This year our keynote speaker will be Yemeni peace activist and author of "The Fox Hunt" Mohammed Al Samawi.  

The event will take place at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA on April 14th and the reception will begin at 5:30 PM. 

For ticketing information and to RSVP, please e-mail

Donations to OTI through the "UCI Foundation" over $85 may be tax deductible.  Please consult your tax advisor. 

For more information please contact Sean at

Fostering Global Engagement through Experiential Education

The Olive Tree Initiative promotes conflict analysis and resolution through rigorous academic preparation, experiential education and leadership development. We provide students, faculty and community participants with the education, training and experiences needed to better understand, negotiate and resolve conflicts.


Meet Our Students and Alumni

There comes a point in our lives when we realize the issues we study don't exist in the abstract but they have a reality associated with them, and that really begins when we begin our career and we have to start acting on the challenges that we've been studying for years. I think the first moment when you switch from abstraction to reality is a very powerful one. For a lot of students OTI is that moment.

--Megan Braun, OTI 2011, Rhodes Scholar, Law Student, Yale University

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Foster Discourse

Create respectful and informed discourse regarding regional conflicts.


Teach students about conflicts by introducing them to a variety of perspectives and academic thought.


Build a community of engaged students committed to working for change.


Prepare students to become future leaders by providing them with tools, training and professional networks.

OTI's Global Impact

Each pin represents a region where OTI Alumni have gone on to work and/or volunteer