From late May to early June 2022, WJC Lauder Fellows from 3 different cohorts, representing over 20 countries, attended the first ever Lauder Fellowship Diplomacy Summit. Starting in Brussels and then making their way to Paris, the Lauder Fellows attended high-level meetings with government representatives from institutions like the European Parliament, UNESCO, NATO, and the CRIF, and visited the Parliamentarium.
Among other noteworthy diplomatic meetings, the delegation met with Policy Officer Pascale Falek of the European Commission, MEP Sergey Lagodinsky of the European Parliament, Foreign Policy and Security Researcher Dr. Benedetta Berti of NATO, Ambassador of Austria to UNESCO Claudia Reinprecht, Chief of Global Citizenship and Peace Education Cecilia Barbieri of UNESCO, and Executive Director Robert Ejnes of the CRIF.
"Diplomacy is what keeps the dam from bursting, what maintains a stable present and fights for a more stable future. Globally, we are not where we want to be and things are far from perfect. Without diplomacy, though, they would be a lot worse, with no hope of getting better," writes Lauder Fellow Sruli Fruchter.
"Among our cohort were young, ambitious students who hope to join institutions such as this one. They will one day undoubtedly have a seat at the table. If I may be so bold, I think they will be uniquely qualified to do so," writes Elliot Cina.
"One of the most valuable things I gained from the summit was meeting and forming friendships with young leaders from all over the world. Though we had different opinions and political views and came from very diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, we all felt a duty to carry out the diplomatic mission of the summit, which made it unique," writes Lika Torikashvili.
The Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship is an international network of top Jewish student leaders seeking to represent and advocate on behalf of the global Jewish community.
This Fellowship caters to university students or individuals connected to Jewish Student Unions, aged 18-26.