European university for everyone? Reflections on diversity and gender equality in ENHANCE

ENHANCE carries out a webinar series about diversity and gender equality. Speakers from the member universities will talk about these transversal topics during three webinars on 15, 22 and 29 March 2022. The seminars are open to the public at large.

 

The ombudsperson at ENHANCE, Melih Özkardes, explains that inspiring panellists from the member universities of the Alliance “will discuss and reflect on these cross-cutting topics in ENHANCE.” Academic and administrative staff members, as well as students from the ENHANCE community, are invited to join. A Q&A session at the end of each webinar will allow for an open discussion.

 

Diversity and gender equality are very important topics on the agenda of European Universities. The ENHANCE Alliance recently published its first report on Diversity and Gender Equality. “In three lunchbreak events, we will have a deep-dive into its results and reflect on how we can become a European University for everyone”, Melih Özkardes adds.

What to expect?

The webinar series includes three key questions regarding diversity and gender equality:

  1. How to mainstream diversity and gender equality?
  2. How to empower underrepresented groups?
  3. How to train staff and students about diversity and gender issues?

Each seminar includes a Q&A session at the end.

Dates

15, 22 and 29 March 2022

From 11.00 to 12.00 CET

Who can join?

The webinars are open for everyone, especially academic and administrative staff members and students from ENHANCE universities are encouraged to participate.

 

1. How to mainstream diversity and gender equality?

Date: 15 March 2022. From 11.00 to 12.00 CET.

Mainstreaming diversity and gender equality is a long journey where all players at all levels have to get involved. How can we do it in ENHANCE? What is the status quo in the member universities? What is the role of having a Gender and Equality Plan (GEP) to succeed in that field? Having a GEP is becoming increasingly important to get European funding for research and innovation projects. Come and join the discussion!

Panellists:

1) Katrin Feldmann. Managing Director of the Working Group Inclusion, Diversity Management, Controlling at RWTH Aachen University.

 

2) Diana María Ivizate González. Professor at Universitat Politècnica de València.

 

3) Maria Saline. Project Manager at the Office for Strategic Collaborations at the Chalmers University of Technology.

The webinar will be moderated by Melih Özkardes, Ombudsperson for Diversity and Gender Equality at ENHANCE Alliance.

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2. How to empower underrepresented groups

Date: 22 March 2022. From 11.00 to 12.00 CET.

Several studies show that many barriers prevent students from participating at ERASMUS+. The panellists will discuss the reasons for the underrepresentation of specific student groups at mobility programmes and share their ideas.

Panellists:

 

1) Gabriela Maciejewska. fmr. President of the ENHANCE Student Forum and student of Warsaw University of Technology.

 

2) Jan Kösters. Equality Representative of the Students Union at RWTH Aachen University.

 

3) Kathrin Philipp. Strategy Advisor and Coordinator for Diversity and Gender Equality at the Technische Universität Berlin.

 

4) Gisle Marhaug, adviser from The Disability Office at NTNU.

The webinar will be moderated by Melih Özkardes. Ombudsperson for Diversity and Gender Equality in ENHANCE.

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3. How to train staff and students about diversity and gender issues?

Date: 29 March 2022. From 11.00 to 12.00 CET.

Many universities offer anti-bias trainings to make their staff and students aware of their implicit biases. But do they really break habits and bring sustainable change?

Panellists:

 

1) Valeria Baudo. MOOC Expert, Project Manager and Instructional Designer at Politecnico Di Milano.

 

2) Kathrin Philipp. Strategy Advisor and Coordinator for Diversity and Gender Equality at the Technische Universität Berlin.

 

3) Amparo López Jiménez. Director of the Departament of Hydraulic Engineering and Environment at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

 

4) Silvia Barattieri. Head of Unit Polytechnic Equal Opportunities (POP) at Politecnico Di Milano

The webinar will be moderated by Melih Özkardes. Ombudsperson for Diversity and Gender Equality in ENHANCE.

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