Action Research Center for Social Justice
The Center was established as part of a worldwide movement to promote the field of action research. It addresses a wide range of topics of social-educational importance, using action research as a means to create collaborations between academics and the community to promote social change.
The goals of the Center include:
Developing "learning collaborations" between the community and the college to deal with social issues and jointly build an applied knowledge base.
Promoting and supporting joint social initiatives and projects.
Developing and disseminating innovative systems, tools and ways of thinking that improve learning, research and quality of life in the community and the college.
Developing a network of activity that overcomes boundaries between groups, communities, professions, etc., which will expand the sphere of action and introduce new players from the community and academia, and integrate energies and resources.
The Center is managed by a Steering Committee comprising YVC faculty members and members of the community.
The Galilee Center for Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations (CSJCR) is focused on three core areas:
- Encouraging academic research in Jewish-Christian relations
- Teaching about Jewish-Christian relations
- Supporting Jewish-Christian engagement in Israel
Our dynamic learning and enrichment opportunities are open to everyone: Jews and Christians, students and academics, clergy and laypeople, local Israelis and overseas visitors.
At the Galilee CSJCR, we recognize that Jewish-Christian relations are about far more than just theological differences. Drawing on many fields of study, including theology, scripture, language, history and sociology, we aim to empower and equip Jews and Christians with the tools to engage each other and the complex world we face.
Our vision for the Galilee CSJCR is to be a premier institute of research, teaching and encounter, an institute that, while academic in orientation, is also committed to building better relationships between communities on the ground.
We are proud to be the first such center at an Israeli academic institution.
The Center for Mediation Research
The Yezreel Valley represents a microcosm of Israel's complex, culturally diverse society, where tremendous transformations and conflicts constitute an integral part of daily life. Once established, the Center for Mediation Research will examine the profile of conflict in the Yezreel Valley, and attempt to implement consensual approaches for conflict management, based on the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) concept.