2017 Rome Global Forum

Higher Education for Diversity, Social Inclusion, and Community: A Democratic Imperative

14–16 June 2017
Rome, Italy


Presented by Council of Europe,
International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy,
and The European Wergeland Centre

Hosted by LUMSA University and Australian Catholic University.

The 'Higher Education for Diversity, Social Inclusion, and Community: A Democratic Imperative' Global Forum will gather some 100–150 higher education leaders, representatives of public authorities and NGOs from the United States, Europe and other parts of the world.

Democracy is faced with serious challenges, including mistrust of democratic institutions, increasing political, educational, and economic inequalities, alienation, rising intolerance, and rejection of cultural diversity. Higher education must play an essential role in building a culture of democracy based on furthering inclusion, recognising the value of diversity, and fostering democratic communities.

This is the fifth global forum that has developed as a core component of the ongoing partnership between the Council of Europe and the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law, as well as social cohesion and intercultural dialogue through higher education.

The 2017 Global Forum is sponsored by the Council of Europe; the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy; the European Wergeland Centre; and the host universities, LUMSA University and Australian Catholic University.

Pre-Conference, 14 June 2017

Refugees, Human Rights and Higher Education in Today's Changing World:
The cries of children, women and families for life, dignity and education

Come together to listen, be informed and reimagine ways forward for refugee people and Higher Education communities today.

Host organisers
This pre-conference will be hosted by the Sant’Egidio community, members of the local refugee communities and Australian Catholic University.

Trastavere neighbourhood of Rome.

Please note: Please note: Registrations for the 14 June Pre-Conference are closed. Please email Helen McLucas if you wish to be placed on a waiting list for the Pre-Conference.

  • An increased commitment to higher education’s contribution to developing and advancing a culture of democracy.
  • A better understanding of how higher education can work democratically with communities to promote inclusion and diversity.
  • A volume in the Council of Europe Higher Education Series

Higher education leaders and representatives of public authorities and NGOs from Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

14 June

ACU, Rome Centre

Pre-conference session focused on refugee issues, including engaging with refugees supported by the Sant'Egidio community.

14 June

Invitational preconference on 'Higher Education as Local Actors' sponsored by the Council and the Anchors Institution Task Force.

15–16 June

LUMSA University

The Conference will include plenary sessions, group work and a round table debate as well as a social program.

  • Consuelo Corradi, LUMSA University
  • Anna Aquaviva, LUMSA University
  • Maria Cinque, LUMSA University
  • Sonia Viol, LUMSA University
  • Palma Togato, LUMSA University
  • Maria Pia Bonasso, LUMSA University
  • Vincenzo Lezzi, LUMSA University
  • Egill Boccanera, LUMSA University
  • Jude Butcher, International Consortium, Australian Catholic University
  • Helen McLucas, Australian Catholic University
  • Catherine Renshaw, Australian Catholic University
  • Claudio Betti, Australian Catholic University-Rome Centre
  • Sjur Bergan, Council of Europe
  • Christopher Reynolds, Council of Europe
  • Mireille Wendling, Council of Europe
  • Tony Gallagher, International Consortium, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Ana Perona-Fjeldstad, International Consortium, The European Wergeland Centre
  • Ira Harkavy, International Consortium, University of Pennsylvania
  • Joann Weeks, International Consortium, University of Pennsylvania
  • Caryn McTighe Musil, International Consortium, Association of American Colleges & Universities
  • Brian Murphy, International Consortium, The Democracy Commitment: A Community College Initiative
  • Ahmed Bawa, International Consortium, Universities South Africa
  • Char Gray, International Consortium, Campus Compact
  • Molly Broad, International Consortium, American Council on Education
  • Kevin Kruger, International Consortium, NASPA
  • Muriel Howard, International Consortium, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • Char Gray-Sorensen, Pennsylvania Campus Compact

Higher Education for Diversity, Social Inclusion, and Community: A Democratic Imperative
AGENDA at a GLANCE 14–16 June 2017

14 June. Pre-conference events
  1. Pre-conference session hosted by Australian Catholic University-Rome Centre, focusing on higher education and refugees (limited registration)
  2. Invitational meeting of European institutional leaders and leadership of Anchor Institutions Task Force (AITF) sponsored by Council of Europe and the AITF
15–16 June. Global Forum at LUMSA University
15 June
  • 08:30 Registration
  • 09:15 Welcome
  • 09:45 Opening Plenary: Democracy, Knowledge and Inclusion versus Post-Truth Politics: Reaffirming the Principles of Higher Education
  • 11:30 Plenary Session: Issues of Inclusivity/Diversity on Campus
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:15 Overview of Group Sessions
  • 14:45 Group Sessions (up to nine separate groups)
  • 16:00 Group Sessions
  • 17:15 Plenary Session: Issues of refugees/immigrants/migrants: in- and out-reach to these populations
  • 17:45 Adjourn for the day
16 June
  • 08:30 Registration
  • 09:00 Plenary Session: Universities and Their Communities—role as anchor institutions
  • 10:45 Summative Policy Panel Discussion: Where do we go from here?
  • 12:15 Report of the Rapporteur(s)
  • 12:45 Closing of the Conference
  • 13:00 Lunch

Download the Agenda at a Glance (PDF, 26kB)

Download the Premises and Accommodation Guide (PDF, 1.2MB)