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Promoting inclusion in higher education

BRIDGES addresses the practical ways that Higher Education Institutions (HEI) can tackle discrimination and promote social inclusion, in particular, of those with migration backgrounds who encounter barriers due to intersecting discriminations based on “race”, ethnicity, language, religion, citizenship status, gender identity and expression, sexuality, class, age, disability or trauma.

By building relationships with marginalised groups in civil society we aim to develop and share ideas about how to incorporate the invaluable lived experiences of people and organisations that understand and struggle against discrimination into higher eduction. Within the BRIDGES consortium, four strategic partnerships have been formed in each of the four participating countries: Spain, with Autonomous University of Barcelona and Sindillar; Germany, with the University of Giessen and An.Ge.Kommen; UK, with the University of Brighton and Office of Displaced Designers; and Greece; with the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research and Za’atar.

Through these partnerships, both within and across the participating countries, and through the creation of tools and trainings, we aim to increase the inclusion of students in the cultures, curricula and communities of HEI.

BRIDGES draws on Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodologies to develop a range of materials geared at making HEI more inclusive. The results of this collaborative effort will be shared with you freely through our virtual lab, including: free tools designed for higher education or adult education programmes, an “Inclusion without Discrimination” training course for instructors, and an open access monograph detailing the theories and methodologies used.