Communiversity – Actioning for diversity, equity and inclusion in the community - International Islamic University Malaysia at the Green Gown Awards
The International Islamic University Malaysia is a finalist in the Green Gown Awards, with the project "Communiversity – Actioning for diversity, equity and inclusion in the community" in the category "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Sustainability". The university is committed in its effort of bringing back the role of universities as agents of change in addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in society. In the realisation of this aspiration, the university has introduced a new compulsory course Usrah in Action (UIA), which requires the students to immerse in the community through profiling and situational analysis and subsequently implement a need-based solution project to address the issues faced by the community.
The projects conducted as part of the course are diverse, covering all of the Sustainable Development Goals. Throughout the two years of its implementation, the university managed to showcase 217 community engagement projects on the ground, involving 5,195 students and 250 voluntary instructors, reaching the heart of local communities. These projects address environment, economic and social issues with targeting various communities such as the indigenous, marginalised, single mothers, youth, refugees, school students, and many more where issue of DEI are deeply seated.
Find out more about the project "Communiversity – Actioning for diversity, equity and inclusion in the community".
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