Center for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity

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The Center for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity (CSMD) at Hebrew University explores issues of multiculturalism and diversity on both academic and practical levels.

The CSMD supports research and academic discussion investigating questions such as the relationship between national, religious and civic identity, between majority and minority and between multiculturalism and shared society.

Given that the future leadership of Israel is trained within its campuses, the Hebrew University sees as its responsibility to develop its students’ multicultural sensitivities and tolerance, to make sure students know their society, are critical towards power relations within it, and are aware of the variety of points of view. The Center also promotes courses and clinics on theories of multiculturalism and their critiques and on Israeli society.

The CSMD advocates for the provision of a pluralistic campus environment where members of different social and religious groups can get to know and respect each other while they learn, a campus in which all students, faculty, and staff feel that they belong.

Offering academic events and programs related to the diversity of cultures represented on HU campuses, the CSMD provides students a chance for increased interaction with students of different backgrounds, to create a more welcoming and inclusive university environment overall, and to expose students to the concept of diversity as life-enhancing.

Housed within the CSMD, the Clinic for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity is a unique and first of its kind interdisciplinary initiative. It is a clinical course run in cooperation with the Clinical Legal Education Center and has academic and practical aspects.

Its students come from various schools of thought: future lawyers, psychologists, journalists, sociologists, and anthropologists. They all come together for to explore the loaded and intriguing intersections between the various cultural groups comprising the Israeli mosaic. The multicultural “experiment” in Israel will be discussed on its successes and failures while considering different groups among which include Ultra-Orthodox Jews, Arab-Palestinians, Ethiopian Jews, Sephardim, Russian speakers and LGBTQ community.