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November is the diversity and inclusion month at NOVA - check the programme and join the activities

Inclusion is one of the core values of NOVA University Lisbon, as well as of the EUTOPIA alliance, which NOVA is a part of. To celebrate diversity and inclusion within the alliance, EUTOPIA has chosen the month of November and challenged all partner universities to take part of this celebration with various activities throughout the month. Follow here the programme that is being prepared and join in!



November 1 - November 30



November 2  ­– November 8 


A visual chronology of the covers of the 50 issues of the international scientific magazine FACES DE EVA. ESTUDOS SOBRE A MULHER can be visited in the Atrium of the Vitorino Magalhães Godinho Library, until November 8th at the Colégio Almada Negreiros (CAN), at the NOVA University Lisbon - Campolide Campus, in Lisbon.
This exhibition highlights a publication that is today a reference in women's studies, gender and feminist studies. Published every six months, the journal has been produced by the many hands of the multidisciplinary research team FACES DE EVA. ESTUDOS SOBRE A MULHER, founded in 1999 by Zília Osório de Castro (Emeritus Full Professor at NOVA FCSH) and currently part of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social Sciences of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of NOVA University Lisbon (CICS.NOVA).
Isabel Henriques de Jesus, Director of this research team considers that "the longevity and permanence of this editorial project [the featured journal] has helped to the acknowledgment of the FACES DE EVA team in both society and academia", while underlining many other outcomes resulting from teamworking: 13 publications in volume, colloquia, conferences, courses, exhibitions and interdepartmental projects with a social impact. More info about FACES DE EVA here

November 14


Round table with the Associação Promotora do Ensino dos Cegos (association for teaching people who are blind), with Susana Pinto founder of the 'Fora da Caixa' project to raise awareness of the various dimensions of people with Cerebral Paralysis and with Isabel Pinto, mother of an autistic student recently graduated, who will share their projects and discuss with the audience inclusion-related experiences. The event is aimed at the entire NOVA community.
Watch online through this link  or in person in auditorium B1 of Tower B of NOVA FCSH, Avenida de Berna campus. 
Register here.  

November 20


Virtual photovoice exhibition to raise awareness about diversity, equity, and inclusion in health among migrant communities. The exhibition “Voices” serves as a celebration of resilience, diversity, and the power of storytelling. It aims to amplify the seldom-heard voices of migrants, providing them with a platform to share the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives—be it on their daily routines, mental health, or access to healthcare.
The exhibition showcases a collection of photographs taken by the migrants themselves, following their participation in several photovoice workshops, each representing a unique perspective and experience. Accompanying each photo will be an audio clip, featuring the migrant's own voice as they share the story and sentiment behind the captured moment.
This exhibition is not only an invitation to connect and empathize, but also a call to recognize the value of diverse perspectives in enriching our understanding of public health issues, particularly during times of crisis, as well as to foster dialogue and inspire action towards more equitable and inclusive communities.
After the Diversity and Inclusion month concludes, we invite you to keep the momentum going by marking your calendar for our in-person closing event and exhibition in Lisbon, on December 12, 2023. We will celebrate the initiative's significant contributions, blend science with music from diverse cultures, and unveil exciting plans for the future.

The virtual tour of "Voices" can be viewed here

November 20


Online open floor, with 4 guests, allowing different professionals and students in the areas of Special Educational Needs and LGBTQ+ studies to share knowledge, experiences and recommendations to make the university space more inclusive.
Free admission here.

This event aims to create an open space where, for two hours, different professionals and students of the Specific Educational Needs area and LGBTQ+ studies can share knowledge, experiences and recommendations to make the university space more inclusive.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Prof. Jorge Gato, Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação of Universidade do Porto
  • Prof. Dídia Lourenço, President of Associação Bengala Mágica 
  • Pedro Barata, master student at NOVA School of Law 
  • Prof. Deodato Guerreiro,  Universidade Lusófona

November 22


We invite students to engage in this active conversation between students, that aims to be an open space for sharing and improving the Diversity and Inclusion at NOVA. Two themes chosen by the organization will be discussed at a table by a group of 4 students and a moderator who will write down the conclusions.
Participation of the NuPride and NEA groups to moderate the talks.

Venue: Room 1.12 at Building VII -  (Maths Building) NOVA FCT

Registrations here.

November 23

Webinar Smoke signals: agency in the wake of violence in marginalized and racialized urban settings


Included in the series of Webinars for Social Justice in a Digital Society, organized by CICS.NOVA researchers Annabelle Dias Félix and Maria João Leote de Carvalho, the November 23rd session also involves Claske Dijkema, Swiss Peace, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (Switzerland) and Pedro Varela, CIES-ISCTE.
We live in a time of intense social change marked by the impact of technologies and increasing digitalization in all fields of social action. Despite all the progress, discrimination, inequalities, racism, among other social problems, have intensified and acquired new expressions, continuing to limit full inclusion and the realization of social and human rights for the entire population. In this sense, it is essential to be aware of the main challenges facing social justice today. It is a priority to debate the need for changes in state institutions in the public policy sectors of social action, public security and justice, identifying mechanisms and processes that perpetuate discriminatory practices, as well as the obstacles faced by the groups that are the victims of these practices. This series of CICS.NOVA webinars on social justice aims to understand and discuss the mechanisms that reproduce these practices, contributing to the definition and implementation of more effective practices, strategies and policies to combat inequalities and all forms of discrimination.
This initiative is funded by the projects DECONPOL (Deconstructing urban policing), by Annabelle Dias Félix, and Cyber-Delinquency@Child-Justice, by Maria João Leote de Carvalho, financed by national funds through FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., under CEEC Individual - 2021.00384.CEECIND/CP1657/CT0022.
The event is open to the entire NOVA community. Watch it online at the Link Zoom.

November 24

11h00 - 12h30

From an imagined joint scenario, we will experience a reality where everyone has a place. A place for sharing thoughts and experiential perspectives.
Inspired by psychodrama and sociodrama techniques.
The activity will take place with a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 20. 
Venue: studio 2 of the Sports building (Campolide Campus)
Registrations in this link.

November 27


The Inclusive Community Forum (ICF) is a Nova SBE initiative dedicated to the life of people with disabilities that aims to promote a more inclusive Community. ICF started at Nova SBE but wants to see its projects grow and be replicated in other schools to increase the number of people impacted. We will support you in this journey! Interested? Join the chat here!


Harvard-founding Project Girls For Girls (G4G) believes that every girl has the potential to lead. We empower young women with the courage, vision and skills needed to take on leadership. Since its inception in 2017, G4G has rapidly grown across the globe, today present in 24 countries. In Portugal, Nova SBE kicked off and is ready to support any school welcoming this project to their own female students, leaders. Interested? Join the chat here!

November 28


The webinar "Inclusive Institutional Communication” is an initiative of the Equality and Inclusion Office of the NOVA University Lisbon (NOVA)'s Rectorate, in partnership with the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, aimed at NOVA's non-academic staff, in particular from Administrative Services, Marketing, Human Resources and Communication, with the following objectives: 

  • Understand the origin, importance and relevance of communication in promoting equality;​
  • Relate inclusive communication with the quality of public service, through institutional communication;​
  • Identify strategies and practices to help institutional communication promote equality; ​
  • Use non-discriminatory language when carrying out duties, through the use of inclusive or neutral forms, without losing the clarity of oral, written and visual communication;​
  • Contribute to eliminating sexism in language, encouraging the promotion of language that reflects the principle of gender equality;​
  • Train professionals to disseminate good practices in equality.

Participation is free, but prior registration is required here no later than November 27. The link to the webinar will be sent to the email indicated upon registering.

November 28


At a time of great division in the EU, many see friction and no solutions. We draw on insights from many individuals about their experiences and constructive ways to live together with our differences through alliance.
What can we learn from our many battles for civil rights? Through our Dialogues, we will seek to understand the sticking points that make these issues divisive and leverage insights of Millennials and members of Gen Z – because after all, Millennials and members of Gen Z have the most at stake. The Dialogues are an opportunity to learn from each other.

Tolerance Means Dialogue Essay Competition
All the students of the NOVA School of Law are invited to participate in the Dialogue. And how can you do that? Please send an essay by November 21. Click here to submit your essay.
The two best essays will receive a $750 prize and their authors will attend the event. For more information click here.
This event is open to the public but requires prior registration here.

November 29


A round table with Dr. Sandra Ribeiro, President of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG), Dr. Maria Simões de Abreu from the Casa Qui Association, specialized in issues of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression of the young population, Dr. Marta Conceição, Intern Psychologist at NOVA-FCSH's Personal Development and Social Inclusion Office (GDPIS), who will share their projects and, together with the public, to discuss experiences related to diversity and inclusion. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ana Santos Pinto, Adjunct Subdirector for Institutional Relations and Social Inclusion at NOVA FCSH.
The event is aimed at the entire NOVA community.

Watch online through this link or in person in auditorium B1 of Tower B of NOVA FCSH, Avenida de Berna campus.

November 29


This workshop will be run by a student group working on the theme of inclusion and diversity and will be organized by the NOVA Skills Association.  The activity will be about Team Management, focusing on the benefits and challenges of diversity, and will be conducted in English.

Join us online through this link.

November 30

Talk on Racism and Xenophobia (in person)


The Observatory on Racism and Xenophobia, created in 2023 by a protocol signed between the Government and the NOVA School of Law, wants to encourage the discussion and visibility of the issues of RACISM and XENOPHOBIA, which in Portugal have little echo in the mainstream media or, as far as we can tell, in the academic environment.
The Observatory's guest for the TALK ON RACISM AND XENOPHOBIA is Romualda Fernandes, a lawyer and member of the Portuguese Parliament.
The TALK is a public session, open to students, teachers and anyone interested in the informal discussion of these themes and will take place at the Campolide Campus, at the NOVA School of Law, classroom 7.  

The mandatory registration is possible until November 28 at orx@novalaw.unl.pt.
More info on the Observatory on Racism and Xenophobia  here.

If you would like to include an initiative, please contact igualdade@unl.pt