What have we done?
- Direct election of student representatives to the Guarantee Committee
- Recognition of the Alias Career
What do we want to do?
- Introduction of an Information Desk
- Development of the Listening Desk
- Inclusive language
- Anti-harassment and anti-homophobia regulation
The systemic causes of malaise do not affect all3 equally. It is clear that they weigh most heavily on all those categories that already suffer discrimination and live on the margins of society: lgbtq+ subjectivities, women, migrants, the disabled, racialised people.
We believe that spaces of knowledge can no longer legitimise and institutionalise hetero-patriarchal violence and the use of a meritocratic evaluation model that is conceived not as a tool for valuing identities in their spaces of ease, but as a punitive and social exclusion device.
WHAT HAVE WE DONE?
DIRECT ELECTION OF STUDENT REPRESENTATION IN THE SINGLE GUARANTEE COMMITTEE
We believe in the potential of this body and felt that it deserved the direct election of a representative, a candidate specifically for this body. (Previously the seat on the CUG was held by representatives in the Academic Senate). In the last campaign we elected one of our representatives to this body, this represents a step forward for greater representation in gender dynamics.
CYCLE OF TRANSFEMINIST ASSEMBLIES
Assemblies aimed at openly discussing issues concerning gender awareness, discrimination and violence. During this term, we have organised two high-impact transfeminist assemblies, the first in collaboration with the Iranian polytechnic community and the second in collaboration with the association ‘Chi si cura di te’.
RECOGNITION OF THE ALIAS CAREER
As far as the right to study is concerned, the alias career is not limited to the substitution of names and pronouns, but aims to create a safe and welcoming environment for trans and non-binary students, constituting a strong deterrent to dropping out of school and more generally protecting students’ psycho-physical well-being.
Similarly to what was already decided in the July 2021 meeting regarding the adoption of a new procedure for activating alias careers for students, the Academic Senate in its meeting of 14 July 2022 approved the procedure for requesting an alias career. In addition, it is now only necessary to show Politecnico’s smart card for identity recognition.
POLY FOR ALL: GENDER-NEUTRAL BATHROOMS
In June 2022, the motion for gender-neutral bathrooms in our university passed in the Academic Senate. In addition, free distribution points for tampons and contraceptives were introduced, an example of social mutualism.
WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO?
TRAINING ON GENDER ISSUES
Planning of periodic training/information meetings for students, lecturers and university staff on gender issues.
Creation of a specific page on the portal listing contacts of realities that can help students deal with difficulties related to religion, ethnicity and/or sexual orientation.
STRENGTHENING THE LISTENING DESK
Inclusion of new specialised personnel (psychologists, lawyers) who can support the Trust Adviser in her work and thus provide an enhanced service to all those who need it.
A student network that can act as an intermediary between professional support figures and students, who for fear or shame are restrained from approaching ‘official’ figures directly.
MAKING POLY A ‘SAFER’ UNIVERSITY
Increase the effectiveness of the services already present in the university, provide greater protection in the event of a complaint of harassment, provide a more truthful gender balance sheet to ensure transparency, with respect to the actual safety within the university.
PROMOTING INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE
Promoting inclusive language also in regulations and official communications, eliminating the masculine plural when considering heterogeneous subjectivities.
CREATION OF AN ANTI-HARASSMENT AND ANTI-HOMOPHOBIA REGULATION
We believe it is necessary to regulate the physical, verbal and psychological harassment that unfortunately often occurs within the university, to make it easier to be aware of and report violence.