FGV launches Diversity Program
FGV’s Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio) has launched its Diversity Program. The initiative was established to develop surveys and actions in support of diversity, as well as to promote equality and prevent discrimination. Judge and writer Andréa Pachá attended the launch event at FGV.
According to Direito Rio professor Ligia Fabris, responsible for designing the program, the initiative follows national and international best practices for the purpose of consolidating an inclusive, plural, welcoming and creative academic environment. “We believe that we’ll contribute to the quality of the teaching-learning process, as well as to productivity, in addition to allowing innovative ideas to arise from multiple points of view”, she said.
The Diversity Committee was created to develop the Program. The professor explains that the project is being built collectively with the academic community and in line with the current place that this debate holds in the public arena. She explained that the initiative came from the School’s administration, which commissioned the project to meet the challenge of considering policies on the subject.
“The work will be accomplished through various activities, both for the student body and the faculty. Surveys will be taken to provide an environment of diversity and inclusion within the School, to serve as an example in the fight against prejudice and intolerance”, said Fabris.
The Diversity Committee will be composed of three representatives from the faculty: professors Ligia Fabris, João Manoel de Lima, and Silvana Batini; one from the technical and administrative staff, Alexandra Quintas; two students: one undergraduate and one master’s degree student; as well as external consultant Andréa Pachá.
Ligia Fabris announced that the first initiative will be to conduct a survey of the School’s students to identify current problems being faced and their demands regarding diversity. “Later, if well accepted, the idea will be expanded to survey other units”, she said.