Prejudice, Discrimination, and the Diversity Challenge

Prejudice and discrimination are often causes of individuals’ suffering, social inequalities, and human conflicts in contemporary societies. Prejudice and discrimination are pervasive, difficult to counteract, and persisting even in unsuspected contexts and organizations.

This summer school brings together experts and students from different countries to examine the origins and the consequences of prejudice. Where does prejudice come from? How do prejudice and discrimination affect people’s achievements, performances, and well-being? How can institutions reduce prejudice? How do laws prevent prejudice and protect minorities? What are the advantages of the inclusion of minority groups in the labor market?

This summer school will address these questions through lectures from keynote speakers in social psychology. This social-psychological analysis will be complemented by talks from other disciplines such as economy, law, social work, gender studies etc. Teaching methods include individual readings, class discussion, group exercises, and presentations. It will focus on contemporary cases of prejudice based on various group memberships and stigmatizing attributes, such ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and unemployment.

This summer school is a unique opportunity to meet practitioners from different organizations in Geneva and to learn about implemented policies aiming to reduce discriminations and promote diversity in the workplace.

At the end of this summer school, the participants will be able to:

  • define the basic concepts and theories about stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and diversity from the perspectives of different disciplines (social psychology as well as economy, law, social work, gender studies etc).
  • use this theoretical framework to critically analyze societal and social phenomenon involving ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and unemployment etc
  • identify policies to prevent and reduce prejudice and discrimination in different settings (the workplace, university) and assess potential transfer of these policies to their own context
  • prepare and deliver a presentation about a specific form of stereotyping, prejudice, or discrimination taking into their own cultural, professional, and educational background.

This Summer School is organized in collaboration with Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (University of Geneva) and Equal Opportunities Office (University of Geneva).


This course is designed for:

  • Practitioners
  • Bachelor, Master, PhD students, and advanced researchers from various backgrounds.


Course Credits

Equivalence of 4 ECTS

Students will be provided with a Certificate of Completion for their course if they satisfy attendance.

Please note that this is not an official University of Geneva transcript, as Geneva Summer Schools courses are not accredited University of Geneva courses. It is the students’ responsibility to validate their course for credit at their home university before commencing the summer school, as specified in our Regulations.


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Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Early Bird Deadline 15 February, 2020:

  • Professionals: 1,150 CHF*
  • For all students (University of Geneva included) : 700 CHF*
  • Only for students from the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Geneva: 500 CHF*


Final Deadline 15 April, 2020:

  • Professionals: 1,250 CHF*
  • For all students (University of Geneva included) : 750 CHF*
  • Only for students from the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Geneva: 550 CHF*


*Including 100 CHF non refundable administrative fees

Course Director:


Dr. Klea Faniko
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Equal Opportunities Office
University of Geneva

Klea Faniko is senior lecturer at the universities of Geneva and Neuchâtel. Her research focuses on discrimination, diversity policies, and commitment of men in favor of gender equality. She is in charge of a European Project led by the Equal Opportunities Office (University of Geneva) promoting the transfer of diversity policies from the academia to business community and vice versa. She has served as consultant for different companies in Switzerland. At the University of Geneva, she initiated different intervention programs aiming at raising the awareness about the impact of biases and stereotypes affecting different groups of people.


Scientific Committee:


Prof. Olivier Desrichard
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
University of Geneva

Olivier Desrichard is in charge of the Applied psychology program and head of the research group in health psychology at the Geneva University. He manages a master program which aims at training applied scientists in behavioral change. His research focuses on socio-cognitive determinants of behavior and decision-making, such as, for example, the role of self-stereotyping in memory performances of older people. He has previously been Professor of Health and Social Psychology and Dean of the faculty of Human Science at the University of Savoie (France). He has been consultant for the National Institute of Prevention and Health Education, for National Cancer Institute, for the International Federation of Red Cross and for Becton Dickinson Medical.



Prof. Juan Manuel Falomir Pichastor
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
University of Geneva

Juan M. Falomir Pichastor is professor of social psychology at the University of Geneva, in the field of social influence, attitudes and attitude change. His research focuses on different issues such as intergroup relations (prejudice and discrimination), health behavior, social justice judgments or sustainable behavior.




Prof. Didier Grandjean
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
University of Geneva

Didier Grandjean is associate professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva. He published more than 100 peer reviewed articles in international scientific journals in psychology and neuroscience about emotional processes related to emotional prosody perception and production, appraisal processes, the emergence of feelings, music and emotion, olfaction and emotion, and emotional facial expression perception and production.




Prof. Fabio Lorenzi-Cioldi
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
University of Geneva

Fabio Lorenzi-Cioldi holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Geneva, where he is a professor of social psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, and the co-director of the Doctoral school of the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne. He has served as an associate and consulting editor for various social psychology journals and book series. His research and writing pertain mainly to the study of social stereotypes, social identity dynamics in status hierarchies, and data analysis. Currently, he is focusing his research on social identifications among immigrants in Western host countries.



Program assistant:


Grégory Tschabuschnig

Gregory Tschabuschnig is in the first year of the Master’s degree in adult education, at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Geneva. He is a former student of the Summer School “Prejudice, discrimination, and the diversity challenge”. Among his main academic interests are training systems engineering, informal workplace learning and diversity in the workplace. Outside of university, Gregory is a member of an intervention program, which aims to reduce homophobia and transphobia among students in public schools of Geneva. As such, he has been trained to deconstruct stereotypes about sexual orientation and gender identity.




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