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The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has launched a far-reaching equality action plan that will create room for diversity and equal opportunities for both staff and students. It includes a 10-point, two-year plan in which VUB commits to safeguard the equality of students and staff, to make balanced use of everyone’s talents and experience, and to work towards a sustainable culture shift in all areas of the VUB community.
The focus of the new action plan is gender and ethnicity, but there will also be efforts in other areas of inequality and structural discrimination, such as age, sexual orientation, ideology and social class. The plan will operate on a two-year cycle. For the first two years, it sets out 10 concrete priority actions.
1 in 3 a woman
Professor Karen Celis, academic advisor on equality policy:
“When recruiting Independent Academic Personnel, at least one in three candidates must be a woman – or a man in faculties where women are over-represented. The recruitment channels should also make more diversity possible. Inclusive job adverts and wider recruitment will encourage specific target groups to apply. All staff members involved in recruiting and selecting Independent Academic Personnel will be trained in gender bias, diversity and non-discrimination.”