Pascale Colisson: How to teach ‘inclusiveness’
Pascale Colisson, Diversity Manager at the Institute Pratique du Journalisme (IPJ) spoke today about how her
journalism school, which harnesses the French Diversity Label, teaches students to be culturally aware.
She described how she starts off with a module about stereotypes including where they come from and how they compare to reality. She said it’s important to be aware of prejudice: “It’s normal to have stereotypes, everyone has them, including myself.”
She also includes exercises in which students have to change around an article written about a female politician with the same content but with the opposite gender. “It sounds completely different when a male politician talks about juggling family and work.”
Other tasks include checklists where students have to decide what is written about a female politician and if that is relevant to the article; so for example, if a female politician’s dress or make-up is mentioned in an article about a politician.
The school actively promotes cultural inclusiveness but this doesn’t mean that all students are tolerant. She described how a girl was called a “dirty arab” by her classmates and how this had to be discussed.
Even though she thinks the stereotype that young people are more tolerant is not true, she says a lot of things have become better too: young women don’t laugh at sexist jokes anymore to conform to the group dynamic and speak up more often.