Diversity Management and Equity as Factors for Student Success
One of the main takeaways from the recent International Dialogue on Education Berlin Conference is that diversity and excellence are inherently tied together. Students with migrant backgrounds are sometimes seen as a burden on the school system, even though they have been found to prioritize education and work harder to get better grades, and universities should overtly focus on changing this negative perception into the sentiment that differences are worth celebrating and enrich the entire campus.
As Germany and the rest of Europe begin to ask themselves what they can do to accommodate the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, diversity management experts from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada gathered on November 16th 2015 at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin to discuss strategies and programs that have been implemented at their own higher education institutions to foster variety on their campuses. Over the course of several hours, the panel put on by the International Dialogue on Education (ID-E Berlin) titled "Exploring Differences — Diversity Management and Equity as Factors for Student Success" examined the topic as outlined in the following PDF.
Download the full summary, written by atlantic-community.org member Miranda Murray, of the most recent ID-E Berlin Conference, which is a joint initiative of the British Council, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German-American Fulbright Commission, the Embassy of Canada in Germany and Freie Universität Berlin.
Miranda Lee Murray is a Fulbright Journalism Fellow in Berlin.