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Engaging with Diversity in European Universities

Diversity – promoting equity and social justice to end discrimination and foster inclusion – is the foundation of the Una Europa community. Engaging with Diversity in European Universities, a report by the Una Europa Diversity Council, summarises the work of the Council and its four Action Groups: data collection, research, education, and sharing good practices. The report brings together key findings and recommendations on diversity across Una Europa universities.

Engaging with Diversity in European Universities supports building a more diverse Una Europa, and, by extension, a European higher education space that has an impact on civil society and stakeholders. In it, all members may feel safe, express themselves as they are and are acknowledged as valuable contributors to the advancement of European social, cultural and economic progress and wealth.

" Una Europa is a mirror of humanity in all its diversity, reflecting cultures and languages, conventions and disruptions – this core belief expressed in the Una Europa Manifesto describes the very essence of our alliance… I am very much looking forward to moving into the next phase of our alliance together and building on the excellent work and achievements of the Diversity Council during the 1Europe project. "

Peter Lievens, Coordinator of the 1Europe Project

What are the key findings of this report?

The report highlights the following recommendations to end discrimination and to foster inclusion in Una Europa and higher education at large:

  1. Centre a common, progressive definition of diversity
    Ground the work of each university community and alliance on the progressive definition of diversity in all its dimensions to ensure a common basis for efficient work on diversity, in each Una Europa University.

  2. Make the most of the Diversity Council
    Involve the Diversity Council in overall strategy work and planning, and clarify its role in the university community and network. Include diversity professionals in developing projects, programmes and initiatives.

  3. Establish specific sets of actions
    Establish specific sets of actions linked to the overall strategy to mainstream diversity and create evidence-based and targeted actions that translate value-based commitments into action. A monitored and assessed overarching diversity strategy supports this mainstreaming process.

  4. Set up regular evaluations of each existing policy and practice
    Ensure routine data collection to generate needed information for strategy assessment. Follow up on progress against established performance indicators and develop tools to assess how diversity becomes mainstreamed.

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