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Engage Israeli institutions of higher education with the pressing social issues of the day;

Develop the intellectual and social change capabilities of a new generation of Jewish and Arab students who will go on to become active citizens and leaders for social change in their communities;

Supporting faculty members in developing community engaged courses (“service learning courses”) that combine theoretical study with student internships in community organizations;

Organizing workshops, seminars and conferences to exchange, develop and disseminate knowledge and experience regarding community engaged learning and campus community partnerships.

Since 2006, the Partnership has supported the development of dozens ofcommunity engaged coursesintegrating Jewish and Arab students’ action for social change, social justice and human rights. These courses have been implemented at 15 universities and colleges throughout Israel from Tel Hai College in the north, to Ben Gurion University’s Eilat campus in the south. They have encompassed a wide range of disciplines and fields of knowledge including law, sociology, gender studies, human rights, art, music, architecture, regional planning, social work, education, geography, political science, and environmental studies.

Community engaged courses value classroom diversity, enabling rare interaction and dialogue among students from different social groups. The students participating in the courses come from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, and include Jews and Arabs, immigrants and native born Israelis. For many of these groups the campus is the first and sometimes only site of encounter with the other. Community engaged courses leverage on this encounter to promote joint action for social change.

Community engaged courses seek to broaden students’ understanding of the social context of their academic studies, guiding them to develop skills for social change and to deepen their civic responsibility. Importantly, these courses promote the empowerment and active citizenship of marginalized social groups, by providing students from underprivileged backgrounds with access to opportunities of service to their home communities.

We have encouraged the Council for Higher Education in Israel (CHE) to adopt policies that enhance and facilitate the social engagement of students, faculty members, and institutions of higher education. Our efforts have led to the allocation by the CHE of resources for promoting the social engagement of institutions of higher education. Together with the CHE, the Partnership has held study days and conferences for heads of institutions of higher education,
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deans of students, and faculty members.

KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE AND ADVOCACY

Our work throughout the years has involved the organizing of several venues that bring together faculty members, active students, civil society organizations, and representatives of institutions of higher education. The goal of these venues is to enable knowledge exchange and joint learning about the academy community relationship, and to foster networks and cooperation among participants. Such venues include:Student seminars, both local and national, to encourage and enhance Jewish and Arab students’ action in social change organizations, focusing on issues such as critical pedagogy, community organizing, legal aid, and human rights advocacy. Faisal Azaiza, head of theSchool of Social Work, University of Haifa, and member of theCouncil for Higher Educationin IsraelIrit Ballas, lawyer,Public Committee Against Torture in IsraelDr. Dalia Dromi, director,Bimkom

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Moti Gigi, lecturer,Sapir Academic College

Hannah Green, researcher,Keshev The Center for the Protection ofDemocracy in Israel

Lihi Jaffe, student,Tel Hai College

Lea Mauas,Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design,Mamuta at the Daniela Passal Art and Media CenterProf. Jona Rosenfeld,Myers JDC Brookdale Institute, andPaul Baerwald School for Social Work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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