Sharing stories of empowerment:
Creating new strategies for diversity and inclusion in higher education
Wednesday 20th - Friday 22nd September 2017
Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
Hosted by ArbeiterKind.de, Germany´s largest network for first generation students
Conference Theme and Objectives
Diversity is often seen as a source of problems in higher education. A deficit-focused perspective prevails in stories of so-called “non-traditional” students. Students themselves tend to talk about their weaknesses and failures instead of their strengths, achievements and contributions. What if we looked at it the other way around? What if diversity was not the problem but the solution ?
The stories we tell ourselves create our reality, they turn into self-fulfilling prophecies. To achieve equality in higher education we need to change our perspective and share stories that value different backgrounds and emphasize strengths of non-traditional students.
The goal of this conference is to create, share and evaluate strategies for diversity in higher education:
- How can we change the perception of diversity from a problem to a solution?
- How can we change the focus from deficit to potential?
- How can we spread stories of empowerment in higher education?
- How can we encourage students to tell their own stories in an empowering way?
- Which teaching and learning methods are best suited to the strength-based approach?
During the conference we will collect our participants’ policy recommendations, summarize them and communicate them to the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Union and to policy making bodies of German higher education institutions.
The conference programme is underway, in the meantime please refer to these timings when planning your visit to Giessen.
Wednesday 20th September
10.30 - 6 pm Conference
7pm Welcome reception at the Childrens’ Museum Mathematikum Giessen
Thursday 21st September
9am - 5 pm Conference
7pm Conference Dinner
Firday 22nd September
9am - 1pm Conference
Call for Contributions
The Call for Proposals is now closed.
The review panel will inform presenters of their acceptance in the coming weeks. If you have a qestion regarding your submission please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Contributions & Guidelines
Conference Fees and Registration
Registrations are now open!
To register please follow this link to the e-store of the University of Edinburgh (EAN's new host).
Conference fees available here.
Discounted hotel rates for EAN conference delegates are available at several 3- and 4-star hotels in Giessen. Click here for a list of hotels and instructions on how to book, including deadlines for reduced rates.
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University of Giessen, host of the EAN 26th Annual Conference
Founded in 1607, Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) is a research university with a long-standing tradition which attracts more than 28,000 students. Its commitment to diversity and the development of international programmes makes it a perfect host for this year's EAN conference, which will look into current factors and dynamics that influence the social dimension of HE and the educational gap within the European Union.
You can read the statement from Prof. Dr. Mukherjee, President of the Justus-Liebig-University here.
This conference would not be possible without the support of our partners, donors and volunteers. We are grateful for the support of Justus Liebig University and for a United Way Worldwide grant on behalf of the generosity of FedEx.