Civic Engagement of Students from Minority Groups: The Case of Ultra-Orthodox Students and Communities in Jerusalem
This chapter discusses minority students’ civic engagement in communities in conflict through the case of Jewish ultra-orthodox students who promote the human rights of ultra-orthodox people with disabilities in Jerusalem. Jewish ultra-orthodox college students are in a liminal space, belonging to a highly conservative community whose leaders often reject the academy and its values. The chapter highlights civic engagement programs’ impact on the student volunteers, as well as the dilemmas and opportunities embedded in these programs. The findings suggest that ultra-orthodox volunteers experienced the encounter with people with disabilities as meaningful and inspiring. At the same time, some of the students who held a conservative approach were uncomfortable with adopting a worldview that calls for societal change.
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