Diversity Intelligences Handbook for Inclusion Learning & Social Responsibility

Actioning Inclusion The Handbook for a Socially Responsible Higher Education

Welcome to the Handbook for a socially responsible Higher Education. Let’s begin this journey together to action inclusion and build socially responsible institutions.

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) face many challenges in a continuously evolving landscape. No institution can function in isolation and HEIs are now expected to bring knowledge, support and provide answers to solve global problems. Without including all their stakeholders and an eye on positive impact for the society as a whole, HEIs will have difficulties overcoming their challenges and fulfilling their responsibilities.

This handbook is the result of a collective work to extract and articulate knowledge into directly applicable methods. Written by multidisciplinary practitioners, it is anchored in reality, taking into account the challenges and contexts where people live, work and study.

Solutions and practices in the handbook offer you actionable guidance for your teams and your interactions with learners and all stakeholders. It offers plural perspectives on inclusion by applying the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This handbook will benefit:

>  Members of staff in Higher Education,

>  Students and other learners,

>  Higher Education partners like agencies, international organisations,

>  Other stakeholders like businesses, city or government services.

A Handbook for a Socially Responsible Higher Education The 4 parts and 14 chapters of Actioning Inclusion

Part 1. The case for change in Higher Education

In the opening section of the book, we identify the challenges of HEIs in today’s complex world in the face of trends, forces and challenges that form an integral part of the ecosystem they function in. These challenges are looked at from multiple perspectives to highlight the plurality of the situation. The section then goes on to discuss the responsibilities that HEIs could shoulder to work towards building inclusive and stronger communities that work in partnership for a sustainable future.

Part 2. Solutions for a Socially Responsible Higher Education

Part 2 follows up to the first part with concrete approaches and models to work towards a socially responsible Higher Education network. We introduce three models in this part that cover the journey from evaluating where HEIs stand today with respect to inclusion and moves towards skill-building and humanisation in learning. From strong foundations in UN SDGs and relevant theory to defining concrete actionable steps, these chapters present a comprehensive approach towards building socially responsible HEIs. The section concludes in a meaningful demonstration of how inclusion efforts were actioned in a Higher Education context in Lebanon.

Part 3. Building inclusive institutions

Part 3 delves further into the human-centric approach of how institutions can become more inclusive. From making everyday communication inclusive to building teams that thrive on innovation, this section takes the reader through the journey of inclusive learning spaces and leadership. Each chapter puts people at the centre of the context and therefore, makes inclusion not only actionable but accessible. It is not a handful of extraordinary people who will action inclusion, it takes mindful efforts from each and every ordinary individual to bring the change we want to see in the world. Part 3 tells us how.

Part 4. Inclusive practices towards Social Responsibility

In the last part, we build a range of inclusive practices you can use to develop in your institution. We look at the practical aspects of implementing what was covered before in the handbok. We look at how diversity can drive creativity and innovation and how this benefits HEIs and its stakeholders. We show you how to use design thinking in your institution to design solutions, processes, whatever you need to design while ensuring all the users’ needs are listened to and answered. We also discuss the topic of decision-making, a process that is not always defined and optimised in HEIs. HEIs are places for dialogue and also negotiation and we look at how these can be made inclusive and socially responsible for the benefit of all parties involved. HEIs thrive on projects and collaborations and we will show you how to make these more successful by increasing inclusion.

I – The case for change in Higher Education 

Chapter 1
The challenges and expectations for Higher Education

Chapter 2
The responsibilities of Higher Education Institutions 

II – Solutions for a Socially Responsible Higher Education

Chapter 3
Assessment to align with UN Sustainable Development Goals

Chapter 4
Inclusive intelligence to develop essential skills

Chapter 5
Humanisation in learning to generate positive impact

Chapter 6
System of support to lead educational change 

III – Building inclusive institutions 

Chapter 7
Inclusive Communication 

Chapter 8
Inclusive Learning Spaces 

Chapter 9
Inclusive Leadership 

Chapter 10
Inclusive Teams 

IV – Inclusive practices towards social responsibility

Chapter 11
Inclusion for greater creativity and innovation

Chapter 12
Inclusion for design thinking and decision

Chapter 13
Inclusion for genuine dialogue and negotiation

Chapter 14
Inclusion for meaningful projects and cooperation

Call to Action We are leading change

Our vision at Diversity Intelligences is to empower HEIs to become hubs of inclusion and sustainability.

As we know, this book is only the beginning. We would love to walk further in this path with you so that your institution, and its stakeholders – the leaders, the educators, the students, the parents, the communities and all partners – takes the centre stage in building a sustainable society by creating a virtuous loop of inclusion and social responsibility.

If you want to pledge your action towards inclusion today,  and want to know more about our models, training and consulting solutions? Get in touch with us.

Diversity Intelligences is proud to support
Dr Denis Mukwege and The Mukwege Foundation.

Dr Mukwege is a living example of the values of social responsibility and inclusion promoted in this book.  He is our personal inspiration, as a man who has shown incredible resilience, courage, and perseverance in the face of immense challenges.

He is the founder of the Mukwege Foundation, which works together with survivors of wartime sexual violence towards a world where sexual violence in conflict is no longer tolerated, where survivors have the freedom to speak out and be heard, and where they can receive the care and reparations they are entitled to.

For every book downloaded/sold we will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Mukwege Foundation to support their work.

Click here to find out more about the work of the Mukwege Foundation.

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