Aalto University

Learning hub on diversity and inclusion

A flourishing academic community is built upon a diversity of talent, backgrounds, and experiences. We can all contribute to fostering an inclusive community.
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Actions for diversity and inclusion

Do you want to help Aalto University build an open and accepting community for everyone?

Learning about diversity and inclusion makes us better equipped for fostering a good community. Read books, listen to podcasts, or have discussions with your peers – whatever works best for you. Increasing understanding of diversity enables us to better implement its values in our everyday lives. This page provides an updated collection of tips, inspiring reads, and practical support materials to guide you towards maintaining diversity and inclusivity as part of your everyday life at Aalto. To start with, you can find a mini-library filled with inspiring materials below. 

Students

Diversity refers to all of the ways we differ, e.g. education, age, gender, nationality or personality traits – any visible or non-visible attributes that make us different from each other.

Inclusionrefers to an environment of involvement and respect, where everyone can be their true self, feel a sense of belonging, and where our different backgrounds and perspectives are seen as strengths that contribute to a healthy and productive environment.

Guidelines for inclusive interaction

We want every community member to feel welcome and safe. By behaving in a responsible manner and respecting the rights of the other members of our community we let everyone equal opportunity to enjoy a safe and pleasant university environment that allows unhindered progress in study and work. 

Below you can find guidelines for inclusive interaction that foster inclusive daily encounters with other community members.

Tips, toolkits and inspiring reads for fostering diversity

In this EDI Resource Bank you find the latest training, research, knowledge and best practices from Aalto and around the world. 

Supporting students' sense of community and belonging

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Supporting students' sense of community and belonging

Central to community and inclusion is that the community members feel accepted and valued as themselves. Belonging to a study community means gaining experiences of the relevance of studies and identification with the student community. The sense of belonging is unique and can only be triggered if students identify themselves with the community. That is why it is important to think how to create and promote the sense of inclusion in your teaching.

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Agreeing guidelines for inclusive interaction in course

Inclusive teaching practices are inseparable from high quality teaching practices, so inclusive teaching affects all aspects of a course and learning experience.  

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Handbook on diversity in recruitments

This handbook is intended for use throughout Aalto community in supporting us making excellent recruitments that foster both excellence and equality.

Handbook on diversity and equality in recruitments
Handbook

Preventing harassment and inappropriate conduct

The Code of Conduct is one way of putting our values and way of working - the foundation of our community culture - into practice.

Read more about process and contact information
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News

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Coworking with their spouses helps women to improve earnings

According to new research, self-employed and co-working couples balance their individual earnings
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Inclusive European student mobility being developed in Unite's new project IDEM

The aim is to facilitate, for example, the full participation of students with disabilities and refugee backgrounds in exchange and mobility programs.
Provost Kristiina Mäkelä. Photo: Jaakko Kahilaniemi
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Laure Mercier de Lepinay, Andrea Sand, Päivi Törmä
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Meet our female PHYS professors

In honour of the International Women's Day on March 8th we interviewed our female faculty at the Department of Applied Physics.

Trainings and events

Key contacts

 Kristiina Mäkelä

Kristiina Mäkelä

Provost
Ida Salin

Ida Salin

HR Specialist, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Events and trainings

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