Student Rights Week at Karolinska Institutet (KI) organised by MF Equal Treatment Committee

With a view to helping spread the word about MF Equal Treatment Committee…

Karolinska Institutet is a highly diverse educational body since its students come from all over the world to get the high-quality education. This is absolutely GREAT, but….

Diversity essentially means difference. The university community is in itself incredibly diverse. One of the more visible aspects of this diversity is our global community of students and staff, and a wide range of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds that we are all drawn from. But we are diverse in other ways too. Our life experiences are coloured by our sexuality, gender, the fact of whether we have physical or mental disabilities, our age and experiences. Thus, diversity is about recognising, valuing and celebrating these differences. It is about creating a university environment that is inclusive of these differences, where we are all welcomed, valued and supported in succeeding regardless of our background or identity, and that is exactly what MF Equal Treatment Committee does!

What is discrimination? Direct discrimination can be briefly described as a situation when a person is treated differently or in a less favourable way, i.e. worse than another person in a comparable situation. This treatment is associated with the person’s sex, transgender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, religion or other belief, or disability. In order to raise student’s awareness about such issues and provide them with a point of contact they can turn to in case such unpleasant situation takes place, Student Rights Week was organised by MF Equal Treatment Committee on November 7-11, 2016 at Karolinska Institutet. KI students were invited to attend two lunch seminars, one in Solna and one in Huddinge campus, starring Caroline Olson – KI coordinator for equal opportunities, Nazira Hammoud Shahwan – MF’s Studentombud (Discrimination and Harassment), and Jennifer Valcke – KI Educational Developer.

It is important to know what to do and who to contact in case of discrimination, harassment and victimisation, even in such safe and secure environment as KI. All KI students have the right to contact the Student Ombudsperson or Doctoral Students Ombudsperson (link below), whether or not they wish to make an official report. They are qualified in these matters and can provide support and advice. More information can be found on: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UjKeyScA6KXOiqO16KOEB6a2seGC3rq6p0SRR-1pams/edit

On the other note, if you feel that YOU might be the one fighting for the Equal Rights for students and staff at KI, do not hesitate to contact the head of MF Equal Treatment Committee and apply to become a member! https://www.facebook.com/mf.etc.lbn/?fref=ts

Current board of MF Equal Treatment Committee 2015-2016

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Student Rights Week at Karolinska Institutet, Nov 2016

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