DIVERSITY AND EQUITY IN IBERO-AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES: Characterization of good practices and identification of needs from the standpoint of psychology
Coordinator: Rocío Garrido.
Duration: August-November 2019.
Abstract: Since the suppression of homosexuality as a mental illness by the American Psychological Association in the 70-80s of the last century, there have been many advances in the recognition of LGTBIQ+ people rights around the world. The lack of guarantee of sexual rights entails the violation of human rights, but its presence does not guarantee real equity. Therefore, it is necessary not only to consider the socio-historical context and formal declarations/documents in relation to the protection of minority groups but also, the specific practices being developed in communities and public spaces/organizations (Prado and collaborators, 2010).
Among these organizations, the University is a very important scenario as a generator of knowledge and development in society and as a promoter of the values of citizens, professionals and future leaders. Within this framework, the Psychology Faculties play a fundamental role, since this is the reference discipline in the understanding of behavior and social standards (Garrido and Morales, 2014). As a response to the challenge of guaranteeing equity and respect for sexual diversity from the university context, this project aims to offer a characterization of six good practices carried out, from an intersectional and ecological perspective, in Psychology Faculties of Latin American (e.g. Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay). Furthermore, it also aims to explore the needs that are still existing in these communities and that remain unanswered.
In this way, we try to contribute to a network where the knowledge can be shared, the potentialities developed and equity and respect for sexual diversity can be promoted in university contexts and societies in Latin America.
Office of Development Cooperation of the University of Seville.