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The authority was part of the discussion on inclusion and diversity, an instance where he recounted the advances that the University of La Serena has achieved from an organized work in these matters. On the occasion, he highlighted the contributions of the Disability Support Program and the Joint Committee on Hygiene and Safety.

Within the framework of the inclusion initiatives, the Rector of the University of La Serena, Dr. Nibaldo Avilés, participated in the “Seminar on the Management of Inclusive Labor Risks”, an initiative organized by the Security Mutual of the Chilean Chamber of Construction. On the occasion, the authority was invited to present the initiatives developed at the ULS to advance the inclusion of students with disabilities and the preparation of academics in this area.

conversational rector2Along these lines, Rector Avilés highlighted the work carried out by the Disability Support Program and by the Joint Committee on Hygiene and Safety, instances that since 2018 have been working together.

Given this, he highlighted the initiatives that since the year 2007 have been carried out and that are aimed at cultural transformation in terms of inclusion and diversity, aiming at a collaborative work between all levels of the campus. Therefore, he stressed the important role that the student body has sustained in the lifting of important issues and issues that have allowed, through deep work days, the improvement of protocols, procedures, equipment and infrastructure for real and better performance in inclusion matter.

In this way, he relieved the protocol for the use of the social name, for transgender students, where the University of La Serena is a pioneer in this matter at the national level. Similarly, he informed about the formalization since the year 2018 of the Protocol for the Prevention of Harassment, Abuse and Arbitrary Discrimination.

“As an institution of the State of Chile we have important challenges, we want to address the attitudinal barriers or biases, such as the value clash between generations, to generate from our role a more equitable and inclusive society for all. Our mission goes beyond training professionals, also aims to ensure that our graduates have values ​​that make them able to put themselves in the place of the other, to eliminate the barriers that hinder the development of our country, ”explained the Rector Aviles.conversational rector3

The conversation was attended by the Regional Director of SENADIS, Jorge Juárez, the representative of the National Board of the Mutual Security of the Chilean Chamber of Construction, Raimundo Rencoret, and the Head of Risk Prevention of the Rencoret Construction Company, Pablo Silva.

Welcome greetings to the meeting were given by the general manager of the Chilean Chamber of Construction Mutual Security, Felipe Bunster, the president of the Chilean Chamber of Construction (Regional), Eduardo Soto and the Labor and Social Security Seremi, Matías Villalobos.

Part of the contents of the Seminar consisted of publicizing the state of progress of labor inclusion regulations, aspects to develop an inclusive culture and diversity and good practices of labor inclusion, among others. The instance allowed generating a reflexive and exemplary dialogue through the different strategies and guidelines that have been adopted in the various participating organizations, which allows synergistic work in favor of applied and real strategies that allow the transformation of culture and society into a much more tolerant, responsible and inclusive.