President's Messages

10.03.2021 Sabancı University Gender Equality Action Plan

Dear Sabancı University Family,

I am very happy to announce that the "GENDER EQUALITY ACTION PLAN" (GEP) that we have been working on for a long time with full excitement is now ready to be put into action. As an institution that underscores the importance of gender equality in both our research units and our academic principles, we view GEP as a new milestone for our university.

GEP is an important part of the GEARING-Roles (Gender Equality Actions in Research Institutions to TraNsform Gender Roles) project, implemented within the scope of the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program. Sabancı University is proud to be representing Turkey as one of the six international institutions to be implementing this project. Our Sabancı University Gender and Women's Studies Center of Excellence (SU Gender), one of the 10 international institutions executing the GEARING-Roles project, is among our most important supporters in the creation of the GEP.

I would like to share with you 3 important steps we have accomplished in the project so far:

  • Within the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 GEARING-Roles project initiated in January 2019, for over a year and a half, interviews, focus groups and co-creation workshops were held with the participation of nearly 100 academics, administrative staff and students. The strengths, shortcomings and needs of our university in this area were evaluated, and areas of priority were determined for institutional transformation.
  • The Gender Equality Task Force (GETF) was established in June 2019 with the participation of 28 faculty members, administrative staff, directors and students from different faculties and units of our university. In addition to contributing to different stages of the project, GETP played an important role in the Human Resources and SU Gender team finalizing the GEP framework. Following this, the GEP Committee took on an active role in executing the project.
  • It has been decided that the gender equality studies to be carried out within the scope of GEP at our university will be carried out under the leadership of Human Resources. The “Gender Equality Officer" (GEO) role was created within the Human Resources Department in order to closely follow the gender equality studies to be carried out within the scope of GEP at our university. Gender Equality Officer is responsible for the consolidation and accomplishment of our university’s actions which are under deans’ responsibility for faculties and under directors’ responsibilities for centers and departments.

Our Action Plans

From July to December 2019, Human Resources and SU Gender worked intensively with the GEARING-Roles project team to categorize the determined development areas and turn them into action plans. The identified action areas are as follows:

  1. Institutionalization of Gender Equality
  2. Recruitment
  3. Career Development
  4. Work-Life Balance
  5. Decision Making and Leadership
  6. Research
  7. Education and Curriculum
  8. Sexual Harassment, Anti-Assault and Anti-Discrimination Mechanisms and Gender-Neutral Communication

You can reach the details of the work we will carry out in GEP by clicking here.

What are our aims?

We view the Gender Equality Action Plan as a “living project” in which we aim to reflect our institutional stance in the field of gender equality in every point of our academic and administrative mechanisms. Our plan is a three-year one for now, will be carried out under the leadership of Human Resources in to spread it our organization and blend it into our culture; so it will renew itself over time and cater for upcoming new needs.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to all those who contributed to the project, and especially to our Human Resources Directorate and SU Gender.

I strongly believe that this plan, which will be in effect for all members of Sabancı University and adopted and implemented by all units, is a beneficial step for our entire university and society, and I ask all of you for your wholehearted support in the realization of this valuable work.

Yours Sincerely,
Yusuf Leblebici

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