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Waseda University Obtains Silver Recognition in the LGBTQ Initiatives Index “PRIDE Index 2020”

On November 11, 2020, Waseda University’s LGBTQ initiatives were awarded the Silver Recognition in the PRIDE Index, an evaluation index for respecting LGBTQ and other sexual minorities in the workplace formulated by the voluntary organization “work with Pride”.

Since its founding, the university has opened its doors to a wide variety of people. Through Waseda Vision 150, an institutional initiative to mark the university’s 150th anniversary in 2032, we aim to rapidly improve the quality of education and research and continue to be a university that contributes to the world. Especially in recent years, we have tackled a number of issues with the aim of further development from the perspective of promoting diversity in education, research, and employment. As part of these efforts, we have applied for the “PRIDE Index” at our university for the first time, and have deepened our awareness of creating a comfortable workplace for the LGBTQ community. We will continue to respect and promote diversity in order to build a fair work environment in which diverse people work together, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

About the PRIDE Index 

The Pride Index is an evaluation index related to efforts for respecting sexual minorities (such as LGBT) in the workplace, and was first formulated in 2016 by “work with Pride” in Japan.  Its five indicators are: Policy (action plan); Representation (building a supportive community); Inspiration (awareness-raising activities), Development (personnel system / program); and Engagement / Empowerment (contribution to society / public relations activities). If the prescribed criteria are met, 1 point is awarded for each indicator. 5 points are awarded gold recognition, 4 points are awarded silver recognition, and 3 points are awarded bronze recognition.

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