Eight students huddled around a collection of ink drawings spread out on the floor of the Kraft Center last week. The students examined the pieces and then carefully spoke about each one—the rough portrait of figures in different types of religious clothing, the faint sketch of various fruits in a basket, and the messy depiction of scores of intersecting circles.
This wasn't an art class critique—it was the first night of training for the recipients of the Columbia/Barnard Hillel Inter-faith and Inter-cultural Fund. The pictures were the result of an assignment to "draw diversity."
Hillel awarded student groups four grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 to institute a variety of intercultural and interfaith programming during the spring semester. Each applicant had to partner with at least one Jewish organization in order to be considered for the grant.
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