One Academic's Efforts Aid Arab Students Across Israel

One Academic's Efforts Aid Arab Students Across Israel 1

Oded Balilty, AP

Yosef Jabareen is now an assistant professor of architecture and urban planning at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. His efforts there to help Arab students enroll and succeed have inspired a nationwide program.

A year after Yosef Jabareen graduated from college, the only work he could find was as a hotel waiter or as a night watchman at a Jewish cemetery. Despite having a degree in mechanical engineering from the prestigious Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, he began to suspect that he had little chance of finding work in his field because he was an Arab.

After switching disciplines and earning advanced degrees from Harvard and the Technion, Mr. Jabareen is now an assistant professor