Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) means promoting an inclusive, fair, respectful and welcoming culture in which all staff and students can flourish.
Equality means that everyone should be able to develop to their full potential and should be treated no less favourably due to any personal characteristic such as gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, gender confirmation, sexual orientation, religious or philosophical belief, age, socio-economic background, trade union membership, family circumstances or other distinction.
It also means having systems in place to address and remove discrimination and maintain an ongoing commitment to tackle the legacy of institutional biases. Bullying, harassment or victimisation are also considered as equality and diversity issues.
Diversity and inclusion mean recognising, respecting and valuing people’s differences to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all staff and students.
In this article, Emma Gieben-Gamal and Dr Deborah Jackson, Co-Directors of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at ECA, highlight some of the writing in the 16 Days blog and reflect on the campaign and its pertinence to Edinburgh College of Art.