The Conference, promoted by CNUDD (Italian National University Conference of Rectors' Delegates for Students with Disabilities and SLD), is organized by the Aldo Moro University of Bari, Polytechnic University of Bari, University of Salento, University of Foggia, LUM Giuseppe Degennaro University.
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
The economic system that arose from the industrial revolution developed along a standardized logic for both products and processes. Over the last several decades, however, markets have increasingly turned to diversification of products and services. Private companies, the service and public sectors have increasingly based their growth strategies on diversification in order to respond to the diversfied requests of customers and citizens.
This shift towards diversification has only partly extended to production processes and employment opportunities with even greater difficulties brought on by the current weakening of the economy in pandemic times. Social inequalities are on the rise, young people and people with disabilities or in vulnerable situations have seen reduced opportunities for dignified employment.
The current and future pursuit of sustainable economies and socities is increasingly possible thanks to advances in knowledge and technologies that allow work to be organized flexibly and to be optimized to allow each person to express their potential.
Flexible public and private organizations that are founded on economic sustainability and social responsability will increasingly benefit from aspiring to provide dignified work and adopt inclusive workplace policies for all people. Providing dignified work for all is a major tool to contrast social inequalities.
Universities have a key role in creating Innovative strategies for inclusion and in engaging the larger community in fostering inclusive work contexts. An integral part of this process is to provide students with orientation services aimed at developing critical thinking abilities, self-efficacy, and competencies that recognize the importance of the right to dignified work and independent living.
Businesses, the public sector, and third sector organizations have a responsability to stengthen a culture of inclusion, adopting organizational solutions that allow for each person to flourish and to express their unique potential.
The Conference aims to:
- bring to the forefront that inclusion has economic advantages on the one hand, and on the other hand, that inclusion is a strong indicator of social responsability
- facilitate access into the workforce through the promotion of personal growth and awareness of one’s competences and strengths, bringing attention to the right to employment and the dignity of work
- promote national and international interdisciplinary research in academia to support policies that facilitate entrance into the workforce as a pre-condition for independent living
- highlight the importance of dignified work, for all people, therefore prompting companies, the public sector and third sector organizations to go beyond what is required by law with respect to hiring protected categories and to take an active part in creating an inclusive work culture
- provide an opportunity for dialogue and exchange between universities and the world of employment outside of academia and foster potential partnerships and collaborations
Registration to the Conference is free of charge.
- Alberto Arenghi – University of Brescia
- Elio Borgonovi – Bocconi University
- Gabrielle Coppola – University of Bari "Aldo Moro"
- Luca Fanucci – University of Pisa
- Fabio Ferrucci – University of Molise
- Elisabetta Genovese – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
- Flavia Lecciso – University of Salento
- Guido Migliaccio – University of Samnium
- Giuseppe M. Nicoletti – University of Foggia
- Laura Nota – University of Padua
- Marisa Rosalba Pavone – University of Turin
- Alessandro Pepino – University of Naples "Frederick II"
- Floriano Scioscia – Polytechnic University of Bari
- Antonello Tarzia – LUM University "Giuseppe Degennaro"