Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education


A collaboration seminar between Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and Indiana University Indianapolis: Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.

This two-day seminar will take place on the campus of Haaga-Helia in Helsinki, Finland. The event will be streamed for participants who are unable to join on the Haaga-Helia campus.

The seminar will explore diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education including the examination of co-curricular community building for online, hybrid, and in-person students; definition and assessment of “campus climate” for students of all university types; challenges of building community in distance/distributed learning environments, among others.


May 16, 1 pm – 5.10 pm

13.00 – 13.10    Opening Remarks, Lector Inara Shakirova
13.20 – 13.50    Andrea Copeland: What Is a Professional? Being Your Authentic Self in the Workplace 
14.00 – 14.30    Anna Laurila: Harassment Contact Person Activities in Haaga-Helia Student Organizations and Student Union Helga
14.30 – 14.45    Break
14.45 – 15.15    ZebWood/Amira Malcom: New Approaches to Online Student Engagement  
15.30 – 16.00    Merja Drake: Haaga-Helia’s GEP – How to Involve Students in Designing a Gender Equality Plan  
16.05 – 16.35    Inara Shakirova/William Helling: What Can You Say? DEI in Your Language 
16.40 – 17.10    Crister Nyberg: What Are Elements of a Psychologically Safe Learning Environment? How Can We Enhance Them?

May 17, 9 am – 5 pm

8:30 – 9:00 Morning Coffee
9.00 – 9.15 Opening Remarks, Lector Inara Shakirova
9.15 – 9.25 Susan Bridenstine, Public Affairs Officer, or Nazanin Berarpour: Deputy Public Affairs Officer, US Embassy, Chair of the U.S. Embassy’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Council 
9.30 – 10.45 Ruut Kaukinen, Senior Lecturer, Professional teacher education: Development process of the policies of a safer space in higher education 
10:45 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 11.30 Margaret Breidenbaugh: Campus Climate Survey Inclusion of Online Students
11.30 – 13.00 Lunch break
13.00 – 13.15 Haaga-Helia President Minna Hiillos: Opening Remarks 
13.15 – 13.45 Leena Alanko, Team Lead, Emancipatory Economy, Demoshelsinki: Recommendations On How to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at HEI 
13.45 – 14.15 Matti Jutila, Promoting equality and preventing discrimination – the work of the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman
14.15 – 14.45 Coffee break
14.45 – 15.30 Facilitated Group discussions
15.30 – 15.45 Break
15.45 – 16.15 All reconvene as one group to summarize the individual sessions. 
16.15 – 17.00 To wrap up and thank you!

For coffee servings, please register by May 12th. Please also let us know if you have allergies.

Register here

Please note: Lunch on May 17th is not paid by the seminar.

More information and the program can also be found here.

Ota yhteyttä
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