Atlantans attending college in New York, Colorado, California, Oregon or Washington state will have a chance to meet 2013 Miss Israel Titi Aynaw during her third tour of U.S. colleges, sponsored by Jewish National Fund and Media Watch International.
Aynaw, the first Ethiopian-born Miss Israel, will conclude her U.S. visit by speaking to hundreds of college students attending the JNF National Conference in Hollywood, Fla., on Nov. 11.
“I am a proud Ethiopian-Israeli woman, and I am excited to go back to campus, as I’ve been waiting all summer for my speaking tour to begin,” Aynaw said. “My previous two tours to the U.S. were on the East Coast, so I am very happy to share my personal story with the West Coast this month, and I invite college students of all backgrounds to come to these events.”
She’ll appear on 12 campuses in less than two weeks:
- Queens College in New York, Monday, Oct. 30.
- Columbia University in New York, Oct. 30.
- University of Colorado, Boulder, Oct. 31.
- California Poly San Luis Obispo, Nov. 1.
- UCLA, Nov. 2.
- University of Southern California, Nov. 3.
- Stanford University, Nov. 6.
- San Jose State University, Nov. 6.
- University of California, Davis, Nov. 7.
- University of California, Berkley, Nov. 7.
- University of Washington, Nov. 8.
- Portland State University, Nov. 9.
“Jewish National Fund is thrilled to bring Titi Aynaw to the West Coast,” said Nelson France, JNF’s director of campus and high school affairs. “With her experience and ‘Positively Israel’ message, Titi has been breaking glass ceilings since she burst on the scene in 2013, and her immigration story hopes to unite diverse communities with her themes of home and family.”
Aynaw recently founded the Titi Project, which provides extracurricular activities and enrichment to 66 Ethiopian children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Netanya. She hopes to expand the project to give more children the educational opportunities she lacked growing up.
She’s a college student herself, but she’s on a leave of absence from IDC Herzliya, where she studies international relations.
“Titi Aynaw and her visits to various U.S. campuses highlight the diverse ethnic and cultural makeup of Israel,” said Sharon Tzur, the founder and executive director of Media Watch International. “As an Ethiopian, African, Israeli and Jewish individual, she is able to use her experience and influence to promote a message of tolerance and coexistence among the many groups that call Israel home and translate this message to a global audience.”