Diversity skills – the ability to recognize, appreciate and live, without bias, in a society full of diversity – are of ever-increasing importance both at the workplace as well as in daily life. Since the launch of the company initiative, Charta of Diversity, in 2006, various companies and public offices have been making a greater effort to create a work environment that supports diversity and is free of discrimination. Globalisation, migration and a change in demographics are some of the factors that have brought about a change in the mindsets and values both of society at large and the working world. At ZESS, the Diversity Skills programme offers students exposure and training to the modern developments and demands of diversity in society and the working world. Students are able to acquire skills in the discourse-and-action aspect of diversity (diversity theories and dimensions, intersectionality, sociological approaches, political and legal backgrounds, business management diversity approaches etc.) as well as learn essential practical skills, social skills and strategies in their approach to diversity, i.e. the diversity of human biographies, lives, behaviours, identities and capacities in daily life, social settings and the working world. A crucial learning objective of this programme is the gaining of awareness of power and discrimination, as well as learning to interact with others in full respect of their diversity.
The training sessions in this programme emphasise participation and are practical in nature. They offer students the chance to put their diversity knowledge into practice through group exercises, such as mini team projects, as well as in the contexts of daily life and work. The Service Learning Module enables students to realise their own concepts and ideas in co-operation with companies and social and cultural institutions.
The Diversity Skills programme currently comprises the following modules: