Exploring Difference: “Diversity driving excellence – Gaining the competitive edge”
Embassy of Canada, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin, 27. October 2020 16:00 bis 18:00
Our societies are changing and becoming more diverse. To reflect this diversity and because they have realized that they need diversity to excel, many universities have taken steps to become more inclusive and explore new ways for students from underserved (oder besser: non-traditional?) backgrounds to participate and succeed. But what does diversity in academia actually mean? What levels and areas of the university are affected, who needs to respond?
The discussion will deal with diversity and student life but will also cover the relationship between diversity and strategic university leadership, the university´s faculty, the university´s environment for research and innovation, and the relationship between diversity and the institutional administration. Universities in the Anglo-Saxon world have been dealing with the topic longer and more intensively than German universities. Which insights and experiences can German universities particularly benefit from? Higher education representatives from Great Britain, Canada, the USA and Germany will join the discussion and examine the topic from different perspectives.
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