Aim of the project
to raise awareness and understanding, experiencing on diversity and equality issues in the diverse environment and enhance empathy, sensitivity and desire to be fair.
What is diversity?
Ideas for inclusion & diversity, which holds that diversity can be defined as “…the range of human difference. It consists of numerous factors including visible and non-visible differences, e.g. gender, age, background, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation and personality”
Diversity and inclusion are often described as being two sides of the same coin. “Where inclusion of everyone ensures that all young people can take part, the focus on diversity ensures that everybody can take part on their own terms, recognising the value of differences in norms, beliefs, attitudes and life experience.” (Erasmus+ Inclusion and Diversity Strategy, p. 4)
“ inclusion enshrines the belief that all young people are the SAME in their right to participate in the opportunity and benefits society can offer. Inclusion refers to the process by which this participation is achieved. During this process, all young people have the right to retain their difference, what makes them unique, what gives them their own individual identity”
From the project-quote:
Diversity is everywhere, the point is that we must get used to it. A spirit of internationalism is found in those who seek to discover and embrace the similarities and differences between cultures and nationalities in ways that promote meaningful and lasting understanding, tolerance and respect. There is an appreciation that national differences lessen and the blending of cultures, traditions and cultural exchange increase due to the growth of digital communication across geographical borders and the sharing of each other’s cultures through travel.
• Diversity refers to “the mix”: A wide range of visible and invisible differences that exist among people. These include, but are not limited to, values, beliefs, physical differences, ethnicity, age, gender, experiences, thinking styles, backgrounds, preferences and behaviours.
• Inclusion refers to “making the mix work”: Pro-active behaviours that create an environment in which all people are actively included – treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources.
“Diversity & Inclusion have a lot to do with innovation. I’m deeply convinced that you need diversity in thinking, above all, to enhance the chances of innovation. And if you want this diversity in thinking it is helpful if you have people with different experiences and with different backgrounds.
But the diversity of thinking is not enough. Then you also have to bring it together. It doesn’t help if people just keep their thoughts in their own minds, you need the interaction between people. You have to bring it all together and that’s what inclusion is about.“
Severin Schwan, CEO Roche