The consortium participated in the second transnational project meeting of XENIA project. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting, originally planned in Dublin, took place in online mode on the basis of an agenda developed and shared jointly by all partners.
After the institutional greetings led by the coordinator Sinapsi, Partners discussed the activities already implemented under Work Package1 and the ones to be implemented under WP2. In particular, the weighting of indicators for the objective matrix and development of indicators to capture students and staff perceptions about HE inclusiveness.
Partners will undertake a dedicated technical evaluation that will assign values to each indicator, establishing hierarchies of relevance, importance and significance for each indicator against the principle of “Inclusive HEI” in the domain of gender and sexual orientation.
One of the Spanish partners, Internet Web Solutions, explained the ICT structure of the Xenia Index Algorithm development and the progress status on dissemination activities and results so far. It is estimated that a total of at least 2.955.196 target people will be reached, thanks to visibility tasks of XENIA partners over the 36-month project period.
In the coming months the work will be focused on the development of indicators for the objective matrix and the collection of subjective indicators to best identify gaps between what the HEI is doing to promote inclusion and the impact on the target audience. The inclusiveness index will be uploaded on the platform and will be the core of the Xenia Project.
Xenia is a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission which involves a Consortium of 7 Partners from 5 countries (Ireland, Italy, Greece, Slovenia and Spain).
The project aims to promote social and educational inclusion of sexual minority and gender marginalised groups in EU HEIs, by developing and implementing an innovative inclusiveness index to support equality, diversity and inclusion in EU HE contexts.