Tel-Hai Magazine - Fall 2020

Meet Project Co-Founder and Student Association Chair, Danielle Iphlan

Shalom, I'm Danielle, 24 years old, originally from Jerusalem and currently living in Metulla while completing my third year of studies in designing educational spaces, sociology and gender at Tel-Hai College. From a young age I realized that community involvement is the way to influence society and make a change. I was always in some voluntary activity or another, beginning with student council in elementary and high school, through a pre- military year of service (Shnat-Sherut) in the ORT-BINA program, to my present position. I chose to study at Tel-Hai because I fell in love with the landscape, the serenity, the intimate atmosphere and the option to choose a broad, multidisciplinary study track. In my first year, I was a coordinator in the Student Association, I also took a course on social entrepreneurship and volunteered in two community organizations. These activities enriched my studies, contributed to my development and created a diverse new circle of friendships. The Student Association unites all students and emphasizes our role in shaping Israel’s future. The Association provides a wide range of services: welfare, academics, culture, financial management and community involvement. As Chair of the Association, I hope to use my influence to make change and improve the quality of life for all Tel-Hai students. This year we will reach students at home; we need to get off campus and think out of the box in order to maintain a somewhat normal routine during this crazy situation. We will continue to promote social entrepreneurship and activism among students, while representing the student voice to the College administration. Together with Dor Oren, I established the From Analog to Digital project to make technology more accessible to seniors and create intergenerational connections. With the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, the need for our project increased. Connecting elders to technology has become an urgent need. Naturally we rose to the challenge, recruiting volunteers to help connect elders to Zoom. I hope that we, at the Student Association will create significant community and academic connections this coming year, for the benefit of the students and the communities in the Upper Galilee.

Yours, Danielle.

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