Humanities - Inclusivity

Lead by Professor Katia Richomme Huet, the Humanities - Inclusivity department aims at building and developping education programmes that engage each generation on socio-environmental issues. The necessity of these subjects in today's world must be taken into account in order to carry out critical reflections based on a broad mobilization of the Human and Social Sciences.

As an International Grande Ecole, KEDGE considers inclusiveness as a cornerstone. We welcome students, faculty and staff from all social backgrounds, nationalities, cultures, identities and orientations. We value inclusiveness in all its dimensions and differences: gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, geographic and socio-economic background.

In all our programmes, our mission is to share these essential values in a society increasingly governed by technology. In order to help individuals and organizations to achieve a balanced transformation between the implementation of technology and a refocusing on humanistic values, KEDGE offers a global and interdisciplinary approach to human issues.

Our goal is to explore new paradigm choices, globally and transdisciplinarily, around the need for inclusiveness of all and everywhere. This leads to deep changes not only in pedagogy in and out of the classroom, but also in organizations and in society.  

Inclusivity is not just a legal duty or an ideal, it is:

  • the affirmation of a demanding vision for all, i.e. the capacity of each person to learn and acquire key skills for their personal and professional project
  • the elaboration of a society open to otherness and the universalism of differences in order to live "together" and not "alongside"
  • the need to promote and contribute to the construction of one's own identities, within or outside the norms, with respect for every individual

The impact of inclusivity on education

KEDGE has always paid attention to inclusivity and discrimination issues in all of its aspects in pedagogy, from course design to teaching approaches and classroom logistics. We are currently pushing things to the next level, as many programmes and courses are being rethought to be even more inclusive, by diversifing teaching and learning methods, mixing evaluation strategies, improving e-learning spaces and adapting pedagogy, while respecting learning goals and without reducing academic requirements. The outputs of our faculty members nurture the creation and enrichment of teaching modules as well as the supervision of research papers and ProActs. Here are various examples:

-In the Grande Ecole Programme, courses on gender issues have been given to students for more than 10 years: "Gender studies" and "Gender, power and management" by Professor Virginie Martin .

-The fundamental courses in "Law and Management" and those of the HR Major in "Human Resources Law" deal with the themes of moral and sexual harassment, as well as the principles of non-discrimination (sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, etc.).

-These themes are also addressed in the "Corporate Law" course taught to all students in the first year of the Kedge Bachelor programme by Professor Clementine Bourgeois.

-The "Culture and Innovation" major offers a course on alternative cultures, including sessions on LGBTQ + culture (taught by Diego Rinallo), on hip-hop culture (by Anne Gombault and Guillaume Fédou) and on vegan culture (by Vinca Bigo). Several dissertations are conducted on the issues of inclusivity, which is an important factor of culture and innovation.

-In the "Media" programme directed by Pr Virginie Martin since 2015, a seminar-course is dedicated to "Digital Humanity" and another one to  "Diversity in media spaces".

-Another example with Diego Rinallo in his course "Culture, Consumption and Marketing" in the MSc. Marketing: Conceptual tools from anthropology and sociology are used to teach how brands can seriously approach social justice issues related to gender, sexuality and ethnicity.

-The International Sport and Evenent Management Msc deals expressly with issues of machismo, homophobia, transphobia, racism in sport and what sport organizations, teams and athletes can do with it.

-In the under-graduated programmes, more precisely in the IBBA programme, Professor Elizabeth Franklin-Johnson teaches the "Disability Management" course, developed in association with Volkswagen France, in which she reminds and questions the place of disability and people with visible and invisible disabilities within organisations and society.

-Finally, in the MSc Arts & Creative Industries Mangement in Paris, Professor Anne Gombault  insists on the importance of diversity management and social responsibility in the creative sector.

Likewise, the impact of inclusiveness is felt within the Student Associations (61 associations on 3 campuses):

On Marseille campus: the integration of international students is managed by Interact ; the organisation of conferences on multiple themes, including feminism and inclusivity, as well as the 'Heforshe' project by Clepsydre ; the support of young people with Diambars  and Phoenix ; the place of people with disabilities with Hand in Hand .

On Bordeaux campus: putting local and international solidarity into action with Cheer'Up, Archim'aide and Solid'Earth .

On Toulon campus: inclusivity is also an important topic with the integration of internationals (Welcome), support for people in difficulty (Les Pitchounes), as well as awareness raising and prevention around various physical, psychological and social health issues (Zest). Toulon campus Associations.

Finally, Handikap system as well as Wellness service enable us to provide better support to include and protect our students.

Impact of inclusivity on companies and businesses

Inclusiveness is an important part of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) for 2030, to which enterprises and businesses are called to contribute. The research of our "Humanities - Inclusivity" department is part of KEDGE Centres of Excellence in CSR and Marketing & new consumption as well as the Centre of Expertise in Creative Industries.

Kedge research in this field is aligned with two goals, gender equality (UN SDG 5) and reduced inequalities (UN SDG 10), developping knowledge on best practices in various domains including corporate social responsibility,diversity management, human resources, leaderships, entrepreneurship, marketing and branding, and consumer behaviors.

With regard to disability management, Kedge has developed a Handikap Certificate with Cdiscount, BPI France, Volkswagen and Société Générale to validate the skills of new managers trained to manage and understand disabilities and their consequences, their reality and the best responses to increase each individual's performance. This first experience led to the co-creation of a Chair with Société Générale, to innovate in managerial practices related to invisible and more specifically psychological disabilities as well as the Centre of Expertise in Creative Industries .

Within the Humanities - Inclusivity department, research activities aim at :

  • Working closely and productively with practitioners and companies to collect best practices and propose recommendations; this is particularly done in research programmes such as those led by Prof. Virginie Martin with La Poste on "Diversity: culture, religion, gender and seniority" and with Renault on gender issues. These fields have provided case studies and training for managers and employees of these companies.
  • Deconstructing the porosity between societal issues of exclusion arising from injustice linked to gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic variables and the business strategies and their brand communications at local or transnational level. The research carried out by Professor Nacima Ourahmoune aims for a transformative approach in order to positively impact managerial and public policy decisions.
  • Creating value by contributing to the dissemination of results through the media, such as BFMTV, LCI, Sud Radio, France Info, Thinkerview ou la Revue Politique Parlementaire, Le Monde, The Conversation, thanks to the Media Lab directed by Professor Virginie Martin.
  • Developping case studies that can be used by the school's various programmes and work with students through the supervision of research reports

Impact of inclusivity on the ecosystem

The Humanities - Inclusivity department is anchored in its territorial ecosystems and is composed of very active actors. For example, as part of its programmes, Kedge offers support and financial aid in favour of equal opportunities. Indeed, the merit-based scholarships can be cumulative with Early Bird Scholarship.

Similarly, Kedge has just launched "l'École Entrepreneuriale", an innovative programme to meet the needs of the territory in terms of inclusivity and employment,  supported by eminent regional and national actors (the public sphere with State services, local authorities, public employment services, etc.; the economic world and civil society with the skills operator (OPCO) AKTO, companies, foundations and individual owners-managers; the field support structures, such as La Fondation des Apprentis d'Auteuil, La Fondation de France, Pôle Emploi, APEC, Mission Locale, Massajobs, Make the Choice, Entreprendre pour Apprendre, French Tech Tremplin, Le Carburateur).

Once again, disability is highlighted since the signature of the chair between Kedge and the Société Générale took place in the presence of the Secretary of State, Sophie Cluzel. Within this institutional framework, Virginie Martin is associate at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council for the Education, Culture and Media Section. Numerous works and opinions on the "digital humanities" have been published.

Finally, our group's research emphasizes the importance of inclusivity, of the universalism of differences, as explained by Professor Virginie Martin in a conference organized by Kedge on “Hybrid Identities” through the cost and the wasted talents of discrimination and of political sexism.

Researches have also been developed on major themes: the place of women on boards of directors (Virginie Matin); the symbolic figure in feminism (Professor Nacima Ourahmoune); the well-being and happiness in the workplace for seniors at Sodexo (Franklin-Johnson and Richomme-Huet); women's entrepreneurship (Professors Katia Richomme Huet and Virginie Vial)

Female entrepreneurs in France

Participation in the ecosystem is also very important on the Bordeaux and Paris campuses, where Professors Clémentine Bourgeois and Anne Gombault organize numerous events related to their areas of expertise, such as the Justice and Human Rights Festival or the Station K Project with Librairie Mollat

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