The European project #IBelong was carried out on the initiative of Erasmus University Rotterdam in collaboration with the University of Porto in Portugal, University of Osnabrück in Germany and Edge Hill University in England and KIC Malta. This project focuses on generating results from research and developed interventions with the aim of increasing the ‘sense of belonging’ of students and teachers in higher education. The three interventions are so-called Dialogue Days, Team-Teacher Reflections and Student engagement through mentoring. These interventions focus on strengthening the sense of home among first-year students so that, regardless of their background, together with teachers and fellow students, they feel the desired bond and connection with the learning community. It is expected that this will have a positive impact on their personal growth and experiences in higher education and ultimately contribute to the personal growth of students and promote student success.
In 2017, the Students-4-Students (S4S) Campaign was launched with the aim of inspiring and supporting colleges and universities in developing, implementing and disseminating innovative programs that contribute to making higher education more inclusive where all students can develop and excel optimally.
The S4S campaign focuses on ‘support’ by students, for students. In many ways, students are experts for institutions and act as role models for fellow students. Their involvement as para-professionals help to shape and implement more inclusive education. The students involved are ambassadors for the S4S programs that develop new competencies and bring different perspectives to improve issues.
The community of S4S project leaders of educational institutions and students are an important aspect and means for the success of this program. The overall goal of S4S is to enhance knowledge sharing, development and community building. Project leaders learn from each other’s successes and challenges. ECHO has a coordinating, advisory and supporting role in the campaign and offers various activities to support educational institutions and students in developing and implementing projects that are both innovative and inspiring.
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The inclusive Teaching & Learning Center offers a platform where various policy makers and students can go for knowledge and inspiration in the field of Diversity and Inclusion within higher education. The knowledge and information within the TLC platform offer the opportunity to increase awareness about the experiences of various student groups. For example, an overview is presented of interviews that investigate the developments surrounding cultural diversity within various institutions and where students reflect on their experiences within the current education system.
In addition, visitors gain knowledge of various themes and can be inspired by theory and practical examples that contribute to an inclusive educational institution. This is provided through national and international research related to diversity and inclusion, clarifying this through a section dedicated to frameworks and definitions and sharing good practices from both student and institutional initiatives. By presenting these good practices, we hope to facilitate that different parties motivate and find each other in achieving inclusive education, but also that others outside the network are inspired to set up projects that fit their own context. In mid-October 2020, a new presentation of the TLC platform version 2.0 will take place where all information will be updated to the most current themes.
SUMMIT OPPORTUNITIES FOR A MORE INCLUSIVE HIGHER EDUCATION
In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Utrecht University, the ECHO Seminar has been taking place for a number of years, which is dedicated to a more Inclusive Higher Education. On the basis of various panel discussions, interactive presentations and international knowledge sharing, more insight is provided into achieving an inclusive educational climate, with specific attention to ‘evidence-based practices’. As an educational institution, how do you ensure an inclusive working and learning environment? How do you close the persistent gap between the success of students with and without a migration background?
As interest in diversity and inclusion in higher education increases, so does the need for structural and specific data. During the seminar, extensive attention was paid to this with both quantitative and qualitative initiatives that contribute to more knowledge about diversity and inclusivity.
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