The Olive Tree Initiative is active on a number of campuses across the country, and one in the United Kingdom (See OTI Campus Chapter Page). In conjunction with the campus administration and faculty of each individual campus, students who are interested in participating in the Experiential Education component of OTI will also participate in an academic educational curriculum that covers the history, politics, and cultural causes of conflict in the region studied. OTI is student-directed in partnership with staff and administration, who help empower the student leadership in their endeavors and ensure that the program continues to remain apolitical, nonpartisan, and unbiased. The students within the program come with their own perspectives, points of view, and arguments and learn to hear one another's understandings and to help elevate conversations on campus with respectful, constructive engagement.
OTI recruits and selects students who have shown leadership and academic excellence are granted the opportunity to participate in our summer trips. Participants are chosen through an application process combined with an in-person interview.
The Olive Tree Initiative is currently active on several UC Campuses, Chapman University, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Additional chapters are in development. If interested in starting a chapter on your campus, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the OTI Campus Chapters page for more information.