The recently appointed person in charge of the General Area of Coordination of Rights and Duties for Comprehensive Training ensures that the challenges facing the university are great, which will be achieved by making the respect for the diversity of students even more visible, integrating them equally all the institutional work.
With a Diploma in University Teaching, a Master in Teaching for Higher Education and a Master in Educational Policy and Management, in addition to specializing in qualitative research methodology and in the development of competencies, the academic of the FACSEJ, Mg. Cristian Blanco spoke with DirCom ULS about the institutional and personal challenge of implementing this new general area of institutional organization.
What are the main objectives of this new area of the Academic Vice-Rectory?
Its objectives are three.
The first of them aims at the dissemination, orientation and promotion of a culture of equity, helping to raise awareness of the appreciation of every student at the University of La Serena as a valid social actor when expressing their opinions and points. of views.
The second focuses on safeguarding the rights and duties of all the students of the institution, respecting the characteristics that define them, thus seeking their inclusion as part of the university community and ensuring optimal conditions for an adequate training process and for effective integration.
And the third is the articulation with the different academic units, in order to promote within them, initiatives of a social nature, which can be reflected in their Faculty Development Plans and Operational Plans of Departments, Schools and / or Careers, thus aligning with the Institutional Development Plan, which highlights the importance of acquiring social awareness and valuing the other as an equal.
Why form this new area right now?
It is important to highlight the visibility of groups that for decades were silent and today raise their voices in order to be heard. As higher education institutions, we cannot remain oblivious to these transformations, even more, considering that this same heterogeneity is reflected in our students, where our commitment is to deliver a quality education, which not only includes training based on technical and professional aspects, but also the development of social and personal skills, where training under inclusion is a general slogan.
What challenges will you encounter?
The main challenge will be to train under a culture of equity, ensuring both the respect and integration of all those students who are part of the University of La Serena, valuing their differences in gender, ethnicity, physical abilities, religion, political opinion or of any other nature, such as, in turn, the formation of holistic professionals, who are able to function in society respecting the rights and duties of every human being with whom they interact and who are part of this social fabric.
How do you face this responsibility?
In the personal sphere, the challenge of assuming an area of great relevance to the institution is framed in making this area an instance of constant accompaniment for our students, an instance where they feel sheltered, where they can express their individualities and opinions, where they feel that through it, the University of La Serena is committed to respecting both its rights and duties, as well as those of all citizens, thus transforming our university into an articulating pole capable of contributing to the establishment of a fairer and more equitable society.
Therefore, I am convinced that the steps that we have already achieved in the matter of inclusion - and that we will continue to achieve - will already be a great contribution to social change, even more so, considering that we are trainers of all those social actors who will lead our country on tomorrow
On what foot do you stand to face this new position in the University?
I have been working at the University of La Serena for 15 years. I arrived in 2005 and from there I have had continuity until today.
I stayed in this house of studies for several factors: for the institutional commitment that the university has to the training of the student body, with the improvement of its teachers, for the projections of the institution (which becomes an articulating and intervening pole in the regional development) and because the university is directly linked to my academic interests.
In the area of teaching, I have focused my work on the development of competences through active teaching-learning methodologies; In research, I have oriented my work to the development of the line of ethics and generic or transversal competences, in addition to focusing on intervention with vulnerable groups and students in general.
All of the above has given me experience to assume the leadership of this new area of the Academic Vice-Rectory, which is the institutional expression of its commitment to the establishment of a more equitable society; a society that, recognizing our differences, makes us equal based on access to opportunities, where we do not have to limit ourselves with regard to how we think, how we dress, how we feel or because of the situation in which we find ourselves.
I believe that in this new area the premise is given by the knowledge, skills and attitudes that we develop, not by our tastes, interests or personal situations.
By Patricia Castro, DirCom.