Underrepresented groups: support, counselling and mentoring

The University of Warsaw designated specific Offices and Positions directly responsible for the implementation of University policies and programmes related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus. Persons who experience discrimination and persons from underrepresented groups from the entire University community can obtain support, counselling and mentoring assistance from:

  • UW’s Equal Opportunity Chief Specialist. Tasks: deal with equal treatment, diversityand anti-discrimination policy at UW; undertake activities aimed at full respect and implementation of the principle of equal treatment and counteracting any kind of discrimination; promote and disseminate the issues of equal treatment, anti-discrimination standards and implement systemic equality solutions.
  • UW Academic Ombudsman. Mission: to support employees and students in resolving conflicts and ensuring that all members of the academic community are treated fairly and honestly.
  • Rector’s Commission for counteracting discrimination tasks (§ 4): (1) monitoring the situation in the field of equal treatment, in particular with regard to gender, age, race, denomination, religion, disability or sexual orientation, (2) preparing proposals and motions for the Rector on solving problems arising in connection with the cases of discrimination or unequal treatment, (3) providing substantive assistance or providing legal advice to persons affected by unequal treatment at UW.
  • Coordinator and Commission for counteracting mobbing.
  • Students Rights Ombudsman and Consultant on Sexual Violence. 
  • Plenipotentiaries for Equality  at UW Faculties are tasked to create an atmosphere of equality and respect for diversity, and provide information about equality and diversity good practice and act as a first contact in cases of discrimination.
  • Law Clinic tasked to provide legal counselling and help the victims of harassment and discrimination.
  • Center for Dispute and Conflict Resolution task is to strengthen the sense of respect for human rights, tolerance and acceptance, and promoting modern methods of conflict resolution.
  • Academic Legal Counseling provides free legal assistance to students, including persons who experienced unequal treatment, have been a victim of harassment, mobbing or have been discriminated in any other way.
  • Office for Persons with Disablilities helps in cases of discrimination by providing free psychological consultations, training in the use of technological devices, assistance in situations where people with disabilities experience worse treatment due to reasons beyond their control.
  • Psychological Aid Center.
  • Networking groups for female doctoral candidates(starts in academic year 2021/2022) as an action under University’s Gender Equality Plan  The action purpose is to include women doctoral candidates in a network of contacts with male and female researchers, and organise lectures with invited female lecturers on careers of women in academia, in Poland and all over the world (e.g., managers of international grants at UW). The action is broad and open, in order to counteract the phenomenon of “skimming” – recognising and rewarding people who already have sufficient achievements and assertiveness. It is focused on supporting women doctoral candidates and providing them with knowledge about publishing strategies, methods of applying for grants, and how to plan business trips abroad, which will be useful at later stages of their academic careers. The activity will allow for the selection of equality ambassadors in the doctoral candidates’ self-government bodies. This activity is being carried out as part of the Career Development Strategy prepared by the Human Resources Office and in cooperation with units and Doctoral Schools.
  • Research and development mentoring programme for early stage female researchers and lecturers (starts in academic year 2021/2022) as an action under University’s Gender Equality Plan. The objective of this action is to counteract the phenomenon of loss of commitment among women in the course of their academic career development (women account for just 1/3 of people holding the highest academic positions at the University). It intends to take a closer examination of the barriers to the development of women’s careers and the needs of young women employees in this regard, and develop methodology and organisational solutions for future programmes at the University addressed to this group of employees, provide support for a group of participants in the development of their scientific and teaching careers, and promote the idea of developing young talents in the area of science and teaching at the University. The activity comprises two editions of a research and development mentoring programme for young women researchers. 15 young women research and teaching employees of the University will participate in each of the editions of the programme. Candidates will be selected based on the following criteria: scientific and/or teaching career development ideas and motivation, their research potential, general potential (the results obtained during the evaluation of potential will constitute a benchmark for the subsequent assistance provided to the participants and evaluation of the programme’s effectiveness). The planned evaluation method is the Development Centre session. The programme will be implemented under the supervision of the Programme Council defining the detailed selection criteria, the final shape of the programme and evaluating programme participants.