The Susan Wakil Fellowship is a selective Jewish university student leadership program aimed at empowering a generation of Jewish leaders who want to make a positive impact on the world around them. Run under the auspices of AUJS, the program seeks to attract a diverse cohort of students from a broad range of backgrounds, political persuasions and academic disciplines – from law to aerospace engineering.
Over the course of a year, the Fellows cohort works on social action initiatives through fortnightly workshops. Past projects have targeted issues ranging from homelessness, sustainable consumption, women in politics and Holocaust education.
To help students develop their leadership and initiative skills, the Fellowship also offers a mentorship program, partnering participants with experienced role models invested in their personal and professional growth.
But a diverse cohort calls for a diverse curriculum, which is what the Fellowship provides through retreats, a weeklong trip to Darwin and a Political Training Seminar in Canberra. Through these opportunities, students get to meet and learn from change-makers, social justice initiators, politicians and lobbyists. These opportunities aim to help participants uncover the values and causes important to them and how they can go about implementing change on a communal level.
Whether you’re studying law, engineering or philosophy, if you have an outward-looking orientation and desire to learn, this may be the opportunity for you.
For more information on the Susan Wakil Fellowship, visit aujs.com.au/swf.