Students as producers and active partners in enhancing equality and diversity: ‘culturosity’ at Canterbury Christ Church University

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Lech, K., Hoople, L., Abiker, K., Mitchell, M. and Mooney, P. 2017. Students as producers and active partners in enhancing equality and diversity: ‘culturosity’ at Canterbury Christ Church University. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. 3 (2). https://doi.org/10.21100/jeipc.v3i2.533
AuthorsLech, K., Hoople, L., Abiker, K., Mitchell, M. and Mooney, P.
Abstract

Equality and diversity of truths, of opportunity, of outcome, of dignity and of identities lie at the heart of the idea of university (Wolff, 1992, p. 68). However, despite the fact that the UK ‘has well-established equality law and practice’ and the Equality Act 2010 requires universities to implement changes that protect their students and employees from various forms and effects of discrimination, ‘inequality remains, albeit often in more complex and subtle forms than have been understood before’, argues David Ruebain (2012, p. 3).

This study contributes to the discussion about equality and diversity practices in the university context by proposing strategies to embed into students’ learning community equality and diversity and subsequent graduate attributes. The case study is the Culturosity Project: an equality and diversity training initiative co-created by Dr Kasia Lech and a group of final-year students and graduates from Drama and Performing Arts programmes and delivered – as a Canterbury Christ Church University Partners in Learning project – to L4 and foundation-year students. The project was first delivered in 2015 and has now become part of student induction at the CCCU Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

KeywordsEquality; Diversity; Induction; Employability
Year2017
JournalJournal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change
Journal citation3 (2)
PublisherUniversity of Greenwich
ISSN2055-4990
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.21100/jeipc.v3i2.533
Related URLhttps://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/studentchangeagents/article/view/533/pdf
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Print18 Dec 2017
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Deposited31 Jan 2018
Accepted22 Oct 2017
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