The Aurora Diversity and Equality Award contest was set up in 2017 as a way to identify and highlight initiatives that enhance diversity and equality in higher education institutions. Diversity, inclusion and equality are key to the core vision and mission of Aurora as a university network.
The objective of the award is to identify and exchange good practices and to advance the Aurora network’s vision of equal opportunities for staff and students.
Previous editions have shown not only the multitude of projects which have been set up within the network, but also how sharing information about these interventions can lead to successful implementation at other partner universities.
We are delighted to announce the third edition of the award, and invite all partners to submit projects which are at the forefront of generating creative, innovative and successful methods in the field of diversity. It is our hope that this year’s nominations will yet again spark creativity and generate new ideas on improving diversity and inclusion in higher education.
“Aurora universities believe that being inclusive is not enough on its own. Developing the knowledge that is required to create a sustainable world for future generations requires approaching complex problems from different perspectives. Just being diverse is not enough. In our research we therefore need to actively capitalize on the diversity of input from our students and staff. Educating future professionals that are able to be effective beyond the borders of their own disciplines requires us to provide students with learning experiences that go beyond the traditional teacher-student interactions in the classroom. Community service learning is therefore an important aspect of our curricular and extracurricular activities. In bringing their knowledge and skills to the community, we want our students to learn from the experiences of fellow students, linked to their different backgrounds.” — David Richardson, President of Aurora
Starting June 2019, Aurora partners are welcome to submit all nominations via the link that has been created for this purpose. After the deadline – which has been set on August 15th – a jury panel will assess the entries according to the following inclusion criteria:
- Practices which primarily engage with equality and diversity
- Advances the equality agenda with diversity and respect at its core
- Helps provide opportunities for marginalized groups
- Stakeholder involvement, particularly involvement of target group representatives
- Actions that support a longer term goal of creating transformative change
- Creates respectful environments
- Emphasis on diversity as a strengths of the University society, in particular those that engage with the concept of intersectionality
- Innovative methods
- Previously nominated projects can be nominated again on the condition that significant progress has been made, and that the project has matured in a way that is tangible and documented
The winner of the second edition of the Aurora Diversity and Equality Award will be announced at the biannual Aurora meeting in Amsterdam in October. A collection of last year’s entries has been bundled in this booklet.