Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Gelijkheid, Diversiteit en Inclusie in het bèta-onderwijs
EDI and STEM
There is evidence that diversity plays a crucial role in both companies and academia related to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Forbes, in a dedicated survey addressed to 321 executives at large global enterprises, found that is commonly agreed that a diverse and inclusive workforce is among the most important factors for driving innovation and promoting creativity (85% of respondents). This can be partially explained considering the teamwork nature of STEM. That is, only in very few cases can new solutions rely on a single genius, and usually innovations are shared and built upon teamwork. Therefore, fostering different views and reducing a homogeneous environment is key to a sustainable future.
Equity refers to achieved results where advantages and disadvantages are not distributed on the basis of race and ethnicity. Strategies that produce equity must be targeted to address the unequal needs, conditions, and positions of people and communities that are created by institutional and structural barriers. Equity requires a set of informed policies and practices, intentionally designed to promote opportunity and rectify disparities, as well as informed people positioned to implement them effectively.
Diversity refers to the wide array of differences among people and their perspectives on the world. Diversity is an important organizational goal in its own right, but it may or may not be linked to the issue of equity. A diverse workplace is not necessarily an equitable workplace. Nor does the presence of people who are diverse necessarily produce decision-making that optimizes results for the groups their diversity reflects.
Inclusion is reflected in the ability of diverse peoples to raise their perspectives authentically, and for those voices to matter and impact decisions, where the organizational culture has been enabled for that to happen. Inclusion promises a broader view of the world and a more democratic process of decision-making. Inclusion is an important organizational process goal, but it does not on its own guarantee equity in an organization’s mission-critical results.
- EU Project MaSDiV – Omgaan met diversiteit in de bètavakken
- EU Project Inclusme – interculturaliteit in lerarenopleidingen wiskunde en science
- UU Project Inclusief lesgeven
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