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BGU Professor Leads Bedouin Equality Events

BGU Professor Leads Bedouin Equality Events

August 22, 2023

Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought, Leadership, Awards & Events

Professor Sarab-Abu-Queder of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

The Jewish News of Northern California — While visiting a Bedouin village in the Israeli desert earlier this year, more than 55 professors, deans and department heads from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev toured a school that doesn’t have electricity in the winter.

The academics learned that on rainy days, the students can’t attend class due to the unpaved roads and lack of public transportation. Also, the school doesn’t teach physics, and one student shared that she has to travel to a school in Beersheva on Fridays to attend a class on that subject.

The tour of Bedouin schools was organized by Sarab Abu-Rabia Queder, who will visit the Bay Area next month to discuss challenges in diversity and inclusion in Israeli higher education. She’ll attend two Bay Area events on Sept. 6.

Abu-Rabia Queder will arrive with exceptional credentials. She is Ben-Gurion University’s first vice president for diversity and inclusion, having been appointed two years ago after already becoming the first Arab woman from the Negev promoted to professor at BGU. She is also the first Bedouin woman in Israel to earn a doctorate.

“The university campus is the first place where Arabs and Jews acually meet daily, equal way” – Professor Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder