Students have returned to their New Paltz campus after participating in a workshop in disaster preparedness in Israel.
State University of New York at New Paltz graduate students were brought together with their Israeli counterparts earlier in January during a weeklong workshop in crisis counseling and psychological first aid. The partnership is with the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at New Paltz and Ben Gurion University in Israel. The course included group excursions to communities in conflict as well as cultural sites. Students were brought as close as possible to the villages on the Gaza border. A memorandum of understanding was signed in October to formalize the collaborative agreement between SUNY New Paltz and Ben Gurion University.