YUFE’s mission is to transform European higher education by establishing the leading model of a student-centred, open and inclusive European University. Our diversity and inclusivity vision are at the core of the YUFE identity. It is the foundation on which we are built; a tangible message and thread that runs through the heart and mind of our organisation.
Throughout YUFE’s governance structure, various stakeholder groups from the YUFE quadruple helix (universities, government, citizens and businesses) as well as students are incorporated. YUFE especially puts students firmly at the centre of decision-making and implementation. The President and Vice-President of the YUFE Student Forum are for example on the YUFE Strategy Board (our Alliance’s highest decision-making body) with the Student Forum President taking the role of Vice-Chair.
However, YUFE’s inclusivity concretely means for you a diverse cohort of students and staff, paying attention to and valuing diverse backgrounds and experience. YUFE provides diversity-sensitive as well as group-specific coaching to students and staff from under-represented or disadvantaged groups.
YUFE’s diversity and inclusivity (D&I) strategy will involve promotional material expressing YUFE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and will set up a D&I Code of Conduct, D&I Training, D&I Grants, D&I Ambassadors & role models.
YUFE promotes a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination on the basis of, but not limited to, ethnic background, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, socio-economic status, caring responsibilities, refugee status. YUFE also recognises that individuals have multiple aspects to their identity and this intersectionality has an impact on their experiences, opportunities, participation and outcomes.