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Caplan wins StandWithUs award

Lila Caplan

StandWithUs announced that Indiana University’s Lila Caplan, of Swampscott, has won first place in its “Movement Builder Award for Creativity and Impact 2022.” The award is presented each year to an exceptional StandWithUs Emerson Fellow who approached and successfully implemented Israel programming with a specific and dynamic strategy tailored to their campus climate.

Caplan was eager to connect with new communities on campus. She used her Emerson Fellowship training to engage students of all backgrounds and organized 14 successful and impactful programs with various student clubs and organizations including ROTC and Greek life, among others. When she noticed a rise in antisemitic incidents on campus, Caplan joined Indiana University Hillel’s Antisemitism Task Force to help mobilize and support her community. She also represented StandWithUs within the ICC National Council of Fellows, where she worked on national campaigns for students across the country. Caplan’s leadership exemplified everything StandWithUs stands for – Israel education, empowerment, and standing up to antisemitism.

Caplan is also an alumna of the StandWithUs Kenneth Leventhal High School Internship, which gave her a strong foundation for campus leadership. “After participating as a Leventhal Intern, I thought I knew what was possible. Then I became an Emerson Fellow and was given a platform to engage 35,000 plus people,” she said. “I set one tangible goal for myself – to stop preaching to the choir and work with groups that don’t typically engage in Israel-related programs. This led to meeting with the President, Dean of Students and Provost of the university, organizing educational spa nights in my sorority house, flying out a Patriots cheerleader (and former Emerson Fellow) to talk about combating antisemitism, and planning many more programs across my campus. Being involved with StandWithUs for the last four years has led to incredible opportunities, and I know it will lead to many more in the future.” Θ

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