2021年12月13日 12 13, 2021 NEWS NEWS

Call for participants for Inclusive Faculty Development Initiative

Faculty Development for the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion: Inclusive Academia Project

Background of the project: The preamble of the University of Tokyo Charter, enacted in March 2003, declares that, “The University of Tokyo in recognizing the importance of having diversity in its constituent members shall guarantee no discrimination based on nationality, gender, age, language, religion, political or other reasons, origin, property, lineage, marital status, position within the household, handicaps, ailments, career, etc1.” Following this principle, several departments in the university have been working to eliminate discrimination on campus and to enable diverse members of the university to engage in education and research in a more safe and inclusive environment

Aims: The purpose of this Faculty Development Program is to contribute to the construction of a better educational environment in our university by (1) designing a program for the promotion of diversity and inclusion, with the cooperation of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), the Disability Services Office (DSO), the Center for Research on Counseling and Support Services (CRCSS) and the Harassment Counseling Center (HCC), and (2) implementing this program as a university-wide Faculty Development program by the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education (CRDH).

‘Get In Contact’ films: How can we eliminate discrimination in our society? Previous research has shown that diversity-related stigma can be reduced only when people come into contact with each other (1) in an environment with organizational support, (2) under mutually aligned common goals, (3) in an equal relationship such as working together as colleagues, and (4) with an understanding of the history of power disparity and uneven distribution of resources among the groups. Hence, to meet these requirements, we are making a series of films called “Get In Contact” films in which members of the UTokyo community, who belong to diverse groups or minorities, speak about their experiences and thoughts regarding this issue in the university. 

Call for Participants: We are looking for speakers to appear in a “Get In Contact” film.  We would especially like to encourage members of the University of Tokyo who identify themselves as part of a minority group related to either race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, or religious commitment to participate. If you are willing to be a speaker, you will be asked to talk (anonymously if you prefer) for 10 to 20 minutes about your own experiences,  particularly with regard to the hardships experienced through your activities at the university, such as teaching and research or, more broadly in your life, because of stigma or discrimation directed at your minority group. Your voice is essential for us to make our university more inclusive.


To join this initiative please contact the Professor Kumagaya, information below.

Contact: 

Shin-ichiro KUMAGAYA 

Associate Professor of RCAST/Director of the Disability Services Office 

 

Tel: 03-5452-5063/
E-mail: kumashin@bfp.rcast.u-tokyo.ac.jp 

Inclusive Academia Official Website (Japanese)
Inclusive Academia Project(English)


 



Kumagaya sensei

University-wide Faculty Development Course for the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion

Contents: The structure of the program will focus on members’ “Understanding and Awareness" of diversity, "Organizational Culture," and "Organizational Structure" to promote multi-dimensional changes. 

  • In “Changing Understanding and Awareness," participants will change their epistemological framework through learning key concepts common to the diversity field, such as the "difference between diversity and inclusion," "social model," and "stigma," Etc.  

 
  • In "Organizational Culture," participants will learn about the experiences of different people and the history of minority movements by utilizing the know-how of the "Tojisha-Kenkyu" (participatory research born in Japan) program developed at the RCAST. 

 
  • In "Organizational Structure," participants will understand the role of each service (DSO, CRCSS, HCC) and, through the work of making their action plan, they will be able to use the university system to solve their daily problems. 

Key Words: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), social model, stigma, microaggression, humble leadership, psychological safety, reasonable accommodation, basic inclusive physical and social environments

 
 

Disability

Gender

LGBT

Race and Ethnicity

Changing Understanding and Awareness

Shin-ichiro KUMAGAYA

Changing Culture

Lecture: Experience, History, and Theory

Satsuki AYAYA

Akiko SHIMIZU

Akiko SHIMIZU

Yuko ITATSU

Work: Tojisha-Kenkyu

Satsuki AYAYA, Kayoko KURITA, 

Shin-ichiro KUMAGAYA

Changing Structure

Lecture: Institutional and physical environment

Mami NAKATSU

Takeshi TANGE

Akira TAKANO

Akiko ONISHI

Work: Role-play

Satsuki AYAYA, Kayoko KURITA, 

Shin-ichiro KUMAGAYA


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