Project XENIA

He Inclusiveness Index

XENIA originates from the need to address a paradox: while HE is the main source of research on gender and sexual orientation stigma and exclusion, seldom HEIs are recognised as “inclusive places” where exclusion on the basis of gender and sexual orientation is tackled.
While specific activities exist to tackle social and educational integration of other groups at risk of exclusion (migrants, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities) at present there are no specific tools nor mechanisms to systematically cope with stigma against gender and sexual minority and/or marginalized groups, and promote dynamics of social and educational inclusion of LGBT+ and cisgender women in EU HEIs.
XENIA will develop and implement an innovative “HEI Inclusiveness Index” that allows HEIs to:

A. Map and assess how HEIs are inclusive, scoring them against a set of objective indicators
B. Gauge the perception of students and staff of how inclusive are HEIs, through questionnaire-based surveys among HEI staff (admin, teaching, support) and students to determine the “perceived” degree of inclusiveness at HEI
C. Identify key areas for intervention, allowing HEIs to prioritise their social inclusion policies, programmes and initiatives

XENIA will be developed and made available in 5 languages: English, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Slovenian
XENIA will generate considerable, meaningful and exponential impact as XENIA is complemented by actionable tools and measures to equip HEIs to develop inclusive policies, programmes and initiatives to fight discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.

Impact at practice level: XENIA develops operational tools to enhance HEIs’ inclusiveness and equips them with tools to combat gender and sexual orientation stigma and exclusion. Impact at policy level: XENIA provides concrete inputs to “evidence-based” policy formulation, stemming from the wealth of knowledge and information collected at implementation, when 2,500 students and 200 staff will be involved.