Arab and Arab Bedouin students have the largest academic, financial and social gaps in comparison to other populations throughout Israel. They face language and practical challenges requiring a sensitive and professional approach. Sapir continues to develop holistic initiatives to address the inherent social and educational disparities experienced by the Arab and Arab Bedouin communities. As such, an important component of the College's mission is the advancement of Arab and Arab Bedouin students, affecting Israeli society today and in the future.
Therefore, in 2019, Sapir established the Arab and Arab Bedouin Student Services Unit, with support from the Council for Higher Education, under the auspices of the Dean of Students Office. The Unit's goal is to ensure accessible educational opportunities that enable higher retention rates for Arab and Arab Bedouin students participating in the College's pre-academic, undergraduate and graduate degree, practical engineering and professional development programs.
Programs include personalized and group based academic tutoring, exam preparation, Hebrew and English language skills workshops, student mentors, Arab and Arab Bedouin identity and communal initiatives as well as a rich variety of cultural and shared society programing for Arab, Arab Bedouin and Jewish students.