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

Equality refers to an aim to provide a non-discriminatory, equal and accessible environment in which employees and students with diverse backgrounds receive equal and fair treatment and are free to study and work without fear of discrimination.

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.

Inclusion refers 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.

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.

Services
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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.  

Services
Oasis of Radical Wellbeing

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

How to intervene to 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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Campus Published:

Join us for a free screening of Mission: JOY before Christmas (8 Dec 2022 at 17.00)

Making Waves and the PHYS Diversity Team are inviting all Aalto members to a movie screening of Mission: JOY on 8 December 2022 at 17.00
Keys to your wellbeing
Campus Published:

Keys To Your Wellbeing series is here

Keys To Your Wellbeing series by Oasis of Radical Wellbeing collects wellbeing materials (science-based articles, podcasts, videos, trainings and exercises) on monthly changing topics.
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University Published:

School of Chemical Engineering’s equality, diversity and inclusion group is looking for volunteers for 2023–2024 – sign up now!

The EDI group would ideally be broadly representative of different departments, personnel groups and backgrounds.
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Press releases Published:

Women imitate masculine traits to be taken seriously as gamers

Women working in the gaming industry feel required to imitate stereotypically masculine personality traits if they want to gain recognition in gaming communities, reveals new research from Aalto University School of Business.

Key contacts

 Kristiina Mäkelä

Kristiina Mäkelä

Provost
 Ida Salin

Ida Salin

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
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