Abstract

Two years ago, a UNESCO-affiliated international network of organizations and universities (UNITWIN) was established to collaborate on research, innovative leadership, and education, focusing on concerns related to access to work and working conditions for the most vulnerable groups at a time of increasing economic and political instability and inequality.

A year ago, Lesley University became the only university in the country to join this effort, along with 17 other universities and institutes in South America, Africa, and Europe. Through this project, Lesley faculty have attended international conferences and have been engaged in an international research project titled, Perceptions of Decent work and the Future Among Youth in Northern and Southern Countries. In addition, Lesley faculty participated in the drafting of the Manifesto for Inclusion – a document stating the commitments we would make in our respective institutions to ensure increased access and opportunity for those that have been historically excluded from education, good employment, and leadership positions.

This panel presentation will briefly update attendees on the UNITWIN initiative and engage in lively discussion about the possibilities this project offers to Lesley University faculty, students, and administrators for research, education, and leadership. Together we will consider what Lesley University’s unique contribution might be toward this effort and we will brainstorm ideas – big and small – for future steps.

Author Type

Faculty

Start Date

28-3-2018 1:10 PM

End Date

28-3-2018 2:00 PM

Presentation Type

Panel

Disciplines

Education | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Mar 28th, 1:10 PM Mar 28th, 2:00 PM

Lesley University and UNITWIN: International Network on Life Design and Decent Work

U-Hall 3-100

Two years ago, a UNESCO-affiliated international network of organizations and universities (UNITWIN) was established to collaborate on research, innovative leadership, and education, focusing on concerns related to access to work and working conditions for the most vulnerable groups at a time of increasing economic and political instability and inequality.

A year ago, Lesley University became the only university in the country to join this effort, along with 17 other universities and institutes in South America, Africa, and Europe. Through this project, Lesley faculty have attended international conferences and have been engaged in an international research project titled, Perceptions of Decent work and the Future Among Youth in Northern and Southern Countries. In addition, Lesley faculty participated in the drafting of the Manifesto for Inclusion – a document stating the commitments we would make in our respective institutions to ensure increased access and opportunity for those that have been historically excluded from education, good employment, and leadership positions.

This panel presentation will briefly update attendees on the UNITWIN initiative and engage in lively discussion about the possibilities this project offers to Lesley University faculty, students, and administrators for research, education, and leadership. Together we will consider what Lesley University’s unique contribution might be toward this effort and we will brainstorm ideas – big and small – for future steps.