Universities towards Diversity (UniDiversity)

Ongoing

UniDiversity logo

963181-UniDiversity-REC-AG-2020/REC-RDIS-DISC-AG-2020

Nov 1, 2020 – Oct 30, 2022

Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme
(2014-2020)

Project Coordinator

PANTEIO PANEPISTIMIO KOINONIKON KAIPOLITIKON EPISTIMON (Greece)

Project partners

COLOUR YOUTH – KOINOTITA LGBTQ NEONATHINAS (Greece)

DIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP (Lithuania)

VYTAUTAS MAGNUS UNIVERSITY (Lithuania)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BRESCIA (Italy)

AVVOCATURA PER I DIRITTI LGBTI (Italy)

Description

UniDiversity is a ground-breaking initiative aimed at making the academic environment more inclusive towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex (LGBTI+) individuals by targeting discriminatory incidents based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender characteristics (SOGISC) and by training the whole academic community (permanent staff, researchers, students and other staff) in the use of inclusive language and behavior as well as in conflict resolution, in order to identify, combat and ultimately prevent SOGISC based discrimination.

The overall objective is to promote diversity in the academic environment, ensuring equality of LGBTI+ individuals in universities in Greece, Lithuania and Italy, by tackling homophobia and transphobia in the university environment and discrimination based on SOGISC.

Overall objective

To promote diversity in the academic environment, ensuring equality of LGBTI+ individuals in universities in the participating EU Member States, by tackling homophobia and transphobia in the university environment and discrimination based on SOGISC, through identification of harmful narratives, stereotypes and behaviors, awareness raising about their existence, promotion of counter-narratives, training of academic staff in the use of inclusive language and behavior, and advocacy meetings aiming at influencing policy change.


Specific objectives

 

  • To generate new knowledge on the current situation of LGBTI+ rights and the level of discrimination based on SOGISC in the academic environment Greece, Lithuania and Italy by first capitalizing on existing data and in turn producing new evidence about LGBTI+ rights and equality in universities.
  • To identify the needs for combatting discrimination based on SOGISC in the academic environment.

Contact person

Austėja Vakarinaitė

austeja@diversitygroup.lt