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Equal Opportunities Service


The Equal Opportunities Service promotes gender equality and a culture of non-discrimination and better appreciation of difference at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI).

Since 2001, the Service has focused on:

  • bringing about working and study conditions that are compatible with family life;
  • achieving a fairer presence of women and men at all levels of the academic ladder, especially at the tenured-professor rank, promoting and enhancing the career paths of aspiring women academics;
  • spreading a culture of equal opportunities and against discrimination.

To alert and inform the academic community to equal opportunities subjects, the Service organises workshops, events and meetings and develops publications and statistics. Besides it provides advice on issues like maternity, crèches and child-care, on how to adjust study curricula to personal needs, on how to tackle conflicts in the workplace.

A detailed calendar of events is published online, and may also be obtained from the office of the Service. All publications, surveys, or statistics in the equal opportunity area are also available.