Mobilizing universities to combat discrimination
Summary of project results
The project contributed to combating discrimination and hate speech in higher education, by increasing the capacity of universities, students and of relevant public institutions to adequately respond to this phenomenon. Previous to the implementation of this project, there was very limited data available on the level of discrimination in universities, despite studies pointing to the conclusion that intolerant attitudes were widespread among young people in Romania. Within this project, Romanian Academic Society (RAS) and its partners performed a multi-method analysis of the phenomenon of discrimination and the rules and procedures set in place to combat it and they formulated 17 policy recommendations for the relevant ministries and for universities. The project outputs also included a brochure documenting best practices and a guide for combating discrimination in universities. The project engaged the academic community, by bringing together students and student associations, professors’ unions and teaching and administrative staff from 8 universities. It created a network of volunteers who work towards disseminating the project results in universities and report on cases of discrimination. Policy-makers, the media and bloggers were also involved. Another component of the project focused on building and formalizing partnerships between the implementing organisations and other institutions with competences in the field, as well as adhering to coalitions.
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