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Lgbtqia+ pride day: insper's actions strengthen its commitment to diversity
Learn about some actions promoted by our Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to face prejudice and fight homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia
LGBTQIA+ Pride Day: Insper actions reinforce its commitment to diversity
In much of the world, June 28 is marked as the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and other gender identities or sexual orientations) Pride Day. The date was chosen to honor the Stonewall Riots, a series of demonstrations held in New York in 1969 that is considered a milestone in the fight for civil rights.
Since then, companies, the public sector, and civil society have sought to create ways to include those groups in society, either through legal guarantees or by generating equal access to opportunities.
At Insper, the diversity agenda has been strengthened as part of the institution’s strategic planning for the next ten years. To this end, the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was created. It is an initiative that seeks to improve the channels for welcoming and attracting people from all gender, race, and social class groups.
Also, the school is home to the Inspride Student Collective. It seeks to embrace sexual diversity within the student body, valuing and supporting awareness of the topic at the school.
For Julian Simões, professor in our Engineering programs and leader of the Committee’s accessibility front, this date is important for reminding us of the fight necessary to end homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia. He points out that although Brazil does not criminalize non-heterosexual sexualities, this does not prevent the rights of this portion of the population from being violated. “Within Insper’s Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we have taken on the task of confronting prejudice and building relationships based on respect,” says Prof. Simões.
Attracting professors and associates
Among the initiatives promoted by Insper to increase diversity within the school, there are programs to encourage respect for diversity when hiring professors and associates. The front for attracting and welcoming plural faculty is led by Public Policy professor Allyne Andrade e Silva. She sees the committee’s role as bringing together LGBTQIA+ professionals working in the market and inviting companies that support the cause for lectures and debates open to the entire Insper community.
“We believe our core goal is the deconstruction of prejudices and social stigma that hinder the growth of equal opportunities for all. With that in mind, we hope to develop leaders who are able to look at the issue of diversity in a sophisticated way for contributing not only within our school environment but also to our country’s development”, says Allyne.
In February, Insper also opened its first gender-neutral toilet. The spot is the result of a project that was born in 2019. It emerged from discussions generated among Committee members, following talks with undergraduate students. The installation of the toilet aims to establish an inclusive environment that ensures the psychological safety of the Insper community, regardless of color, gender, generation, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and origin.
“The toilet is an initiative that aims to inspire our community to reflect even more on the topic of gender diversity. With it, we can welcome those who do not feel comfortable in a space divided into binary genders and include those who do not mind the fact it is a gender-neutral restroom”, says Alex Souza, leader of the Committee’s accessibility front.