SMILE calls for contributions on university diversity and inclusion and announces the Diversity Award

The project, in which the UB Solidarity Foundation takes part, will celebrate its final symposium in Barcelona on 16 November 2023.

Are we embedding and profiting from multicultural chances? Do we value multiculturalism and diversity as deserved? Are universities prepared to go ‘that extra mile’ towards diversity and inclusion?

The SMILE project (Social Meaning Impact through LLL Universities in Europe), co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme, calls for contributions on university diversity and inclusion for its final symposium, that will take place in Barcelona on 16 November 2023, followed by the 2023 eucen Autumn Seminar, on 16-17 November 2023.

Under the title “Diversity in modern society – Making inclusion a central strategy in our universities”, both events want to give visibility to the way universities are (or should be) addressing diversity and inclusion, and celebrate the growth and evolvement in importance of the third mission of universities, as well as the role that lifelong learning (LLL) plays in this context. Only registered participants will be allowed into the sessions.

Call for contributions

The abstracts submitted for these events must address one of the three blocks of inequity: migrant background students, women in leadership or ‘low socio-economic status’ students, and must connected to at least one of these challenges: understanding diversity, collaborating towards diversity, embedding diversity or facilitating diversity. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 September 2023.

The authors of the strongest abstracts will be invited to present their work during the symposium in Barcelona, and they will also opt to win one of the three SMILE Awards on Diversity 2023.

SMILE Diversity Award 2023

The SMILE Diversity Award 2023 is a recognition given to the most innovative and transferable initiatives in diversity and inclusion in higher education in Europe.

The award is aimed at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), but is also open to experiences from civil society organisations, NGOs, VET providers, public authorities, institutions of lifelong learning and any other stakeholder that HEIs could have.

The three finalists will be invited to write a full paper presenting their case that, if accepted by the editorial board, will be included in the European Journal of University Lifelong Learning – EJULL.

SMILE partners

The Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona is one of the four civil society organisations from Belgium and Spain that participate in the SMILE project, together with six European universities from Germany, Ireland, Italy, Finland, Malta and Romania. The project is coordinated by eucen (European university continuing education network).

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