Inlusion Strategies at School of Business / FHNW
Fostering inclusion and enhancing diversity are vital in higher education. This thesis investigates the existing inclusion strategies at the School of Business FHNW and examines whether the current strategies are sufficient. The ultimate goal is an environment where everyone feels included.
Azra Filan & Nora Misteli, 2023
Bachelor Thesis, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW
Betreuende Dozierende: Susan Göldi
The School of Business has recognized the importance of inclusion. Challenges persist in achieving a fully diverse and inclusive campus, which hinders completely realizing inclusion. Efforts are made to create a respective environment, but certain groups still encounter barriers that hinder their full participation in the academic surroundings. This includes among other things underrepresentation, biases, and limited access to resources. This thesis wants to take a closer look at these problems and propose implementable solutions to further promote inclusion in higher education.
To address these problems a literature review is made to explore current inclusion theories. In-depth interviews with faculty members of the School of Business are carried out which allow for insights and perceptions of various stakeholders regarding diversity and inclusion. The interviews are analyzed using related theoretical models. Finally, student reports from outgoing students from the School of Business are analyzed to find out what the students are missing at their home university. With this information, the thesis can further propose improvements for the School of Business.
Evidence from the literature suggests that it is important to develop inclusion strategies that aim to create a welcoming environment for all. In 2006, the UN introduced legislation to ensure equal opportunities for all. Intersectionality, which refers to people who identify with multiple equality groups that often face disadvantages for each and that increase challenges for all, must be considered. It was found that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to implementing inclusion strategies. The interviews have revealed that there is a lack of awareness among staff. Measures are mostly not well known, and the issue was not referred to as highly relevant to the institution. Rather, respondents believed that inclusion is a personal feeling that cannot be easily influenced by the school. By raising awareness, further development of existing strategies, establishing a clear framework, improving communication, and adapting the curriculum, the School of Business could improve not only the satisfaction of the students but also the general well-being of any stakeholders. The findings also serve as an aid for future research regarding universities that want to become more inclusive.
Studiengang: Business Administration International Management (Bachelor)
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