Programme Overview

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


Professionals : CHF 1’000

External students : CHF 800

UNIGE students : CHF 200

Note: No more housing through the Geneva Summer Schools Office available. Participants would need to book a room individually. Useful addresses can be found here.

Course Director:

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

Dr Klea Faniko is senior lecturer of social psychology at the university of Geneva. Her research focuses on discrimination and diversity policies. At the Equality & Diversity office (University of Geneva), she is in charge of the equality and diversity strategy action plan and different inclusion programs. She is the director of two large training programs: the international summer school “Prejudice, Discrimination, and the Diversity Challenge” and the continuing training “Promoting equality and diversity in the professional world”.   


Scientific Committee:

Maryvonne Charmillot  Prof. Maryvonne Charmillot

Maryvonne Charmillot holds a doctorate in educational sciences. She works as a senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Geneva. Her work focuses on health in relation to training, in particular the experience of illness, and on the epistemology of education and training. 

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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 University of Geneva. 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. 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. 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.



Programme assistant:

   Bruno Marcos

Bruno Marcos is in his first year of the Master’s degree in Extensive research in psychology, at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva. He also works as a research and teaching auxiliary for the course “Statistics in Psychology I“. Among his main academic interests are data analysis in social sciences, affective psychology and comparative cognition.


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