1. The Safer Space approach involves active practices at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.
The experience of inclusivity and safety promotes well-being in studying and working environments. Creating opportunities for a sense of safety within the higher education community requires shared practices, principles, and structures, as well as a commitment to them in everyday interactions.
Haaga-Helia has processes in place to address discrimination, harassment, bullying, and other forms of inappropriate behavior if any member of the community experiences or observes such conduct. The principles of Haaga-Helia's Safer Space enable the promotion of equality, fairness, and inclusivity in all interactions.
2. The Safer Space approach is a commitment to Haaga-Helia's strategy for a well-being-focused university, its values, and the legal framework guiding the university's work on equality, fairness, and accessibility.
Haaga-Helia is dedicated to becoming a discrimination-free university and systematically developing practices to identify and address discrimination, bullying, and harassment within its structures and interactions while promoting equality.
The Safer Space approach is an essential part of Haaga-Helia's efforts in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It operates at the intersection of pedagogy, student well-being, responsibility, and human resources, ensuring that the student perspective is broadly taken into account in DEI work.
3. The Safer Space approach supports diversity, equality, and inclusivity in teaching and guidance.
Diversity, equality, and inclusivity (DEI) are seen as essential skills for the workplace and are addressed from various perspectives throughout students' studies. Haaga-Helia provides training to staff on equity and diversity awareness in pedagogy. The principles of Haaga-Helia's Safer Space are taken into account in pedagogical interaction.
The Safer Space approach, managed by the Responsible Haaga-Helia working group, is continuously developed through collaboration.