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Haaga-Helia Univristy of Applied Sciences

Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Higher Education for Staff, Students, and Teachers

William Helling received a grant of $15,000 from the U.S. Embassy in Finland through the Small Grants Program to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of IUPUI and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland. This international collaboration between IUPUI and Haaga-Helia is the start of a longer-term engagement in DEI activities. The connections made during this collaborative process will form the basis of a sustainable partnership that can include other institutions of higher learning in Finland. This experience will help others interested in establishing DEI working groups or simply collaborating on DEI topics and activities. In May 2023, six members of the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering’s DEI working group will travel to Helsinki where we are co-conducting a two-day workshop (May 16-17) on different DEI topics. Topics include building community in online education, designing the safer place culture, DEI in language usage, involving students in designing a gender equity plan, and so on. This workshop involves students, staff, and instructors from the two partner universities as well as other institutions of higher education in Finland. The workshop features presentations in different formats and allows much time for attendee participation in discussions.