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How  understanding can prevent discrimination

The equality  work at KTH is an ongoing effort that can be seen throughout our entire organisation. That this is clearly supported by management helps both in making the way work is organised clearer and in strengthening change management in many processes and decisions.

The government calling on equality to be integrated into our universities also provides important support for the work being done internally at KTH.

In addition to this change management, there is also legislation to be complied with. The Anti-Discrimination Act was formulated a few years ago with the aim of encouraging anti-discrimination work to a greater extent.

At KTH, we seek to coordinate equality work based on the above, such that everyone who works for us understands the big picture in terms of how we structure work and in our change initiatives.

The KTH Equality Office has, for example, issued open invitations to themed lectures for personnel and students, where the chosen themes are based on the seven discrimination grounds.

In February, a workshop on mental ill health is being arranged for employees. Klara Folkesson, an Equality Officer and Strategist at the KTH Equality Office, explains the importance of such themed lectures in making the work KTH is doing to combat discrimination more visible and to improve understanding about this issue.

When it comes to how discrimination can relate to mental ill health is known that having a mental disability can lead to negative special treatment, such as the feeling of being excluded in different situations within research.

Everyone in a senior position can benefit from attending the workshop, as can other employees keen to ensure an inclusive culture. Another example of anti-discrimination work includes efforts to promote equal opportunities in recruitment, in relation to religion, ethnicity, age, etc., where our HR department offers training in interview techniques.