‘Diversity’ is often used in education in relation to multiple nationalities, cultures or ethnicities occupying teaching and learning positions in the classroom. As such, the term seems implicitly to relate to minorities; for the vast majority at UU, this can generate the sense that “diversity is not about me”. This exhibition also aims to challenge that idea. It is based on research carried out in a series of workshops, interviews, and creative collaborations with refugee students from the Incluusion program and their fellow students.
The aim of the exhibition is to make visible, audible, and tangible the journeys, experiences, and ambitions of refugee students, their fellow students and teachers. Together, this particular cross-section of the UU community embodies diversity in terms of religious and ethnic identity, socio-economic class, race, age, gender and educational habitus. The exhibition shows that diversity involves personal histories and circumstances - including previous educational experience - brought to the classroom and therefore it is also about ‘us’. The main message is that educational diversity is more complex than convenient labeling and counting. This project therefore aspires to open up dialogue about diversity in UU education.
Workshops related to the project will take place on March 21st and June 18th 2019.