Hi there, my name is Calvin Floyd and I’ll be a junior this fall studying History, Environmental Studies, and European Studies. I’m from Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in a Baptist church which gave me a strong foundation in my faith. Since coming to UW-Madison, I’ve been surrounded by many faiths and cultures and I’ve taken an interest in exploring each of those as much as possible, as I find it not only helps me in my faith journey, but it helps to make this special school a more welcoming and inclusive community. This past winter, I was honored to travel to the Middle East as a member of the 2020 Student Leadership Delegation to Israel. While in Israel, we carried out enriching conversations with Israelis and Palestinians of varying faith backgrounds and cultural experiences, and explored the region’s many holy sites. This experience showed me how rich difficult conversations can be and how much one can grow through empathetically learning about experiences that differ from your own. I’m excited to continue those conversations here on campus while meeting the other CRGC fellows and growing in community together.