The Olive Tree Initiative successfully SURPASSED our $35,000 fundraising goal in the 2019

Challenge Grant

Our sincerest thank you to all who contributed to the Challenge Grant. Your support will help our students overcome financial barriers so they can participate in the experience of a lifetime! 

A very special thank you to The Kugelman Family and Hal Smith for once again matching our community's contributions. Without their generosity this fundraiser would not be possible.

We invite you to talk to our students - learn how our OTI model of education is TRANSFORMING LIVES.

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 Alumni Around the Globe

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