COVID-19 has uncovered and exacerbated many longstanding social-economics fault lines. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted least developed- and developing countries and there within the disadvantaged groups. Even in developed countries the impact disclosed the economic differences within the social classification of the different societies. The post-Covid effects seem to even further expand the visible made socio-economic disparities. Those serving at the ‘frontline’ of these social fissures were even more impacted. There are unresolved tensions around who is responsible for the initial public health solutions, the initial social aids and the required economic recovery assistance to be followed. And still, there are others entertaining themselves with question which communities should be held more responsible for the spread of the virus?
In the short to immediate term, the everyday effects of the pandemic have been devastating. The loss of economic security, the break-up of social norms, and the mental health implications of isolation and uncertainty. But as we will inevitably bounce back and make a step towards a recovery and at the same time, the re-integration of society, what will be the new normal? How will we reimagine the future of work, community life, and the role of the state, to ensure the care and re-development of the non-hegemonies communities, considering the greatest levels of diversity, equity, and inclusion? There is a risk that that inclusion and diversity may recede as a strategic priority within any recovery program. Some trends, for example workplace automation and remote-working, will create effects that may erode equity, representation, and justice. How do we navigate an economically and socially viable path that focuses on advancing diversity and fostering inclusion? Could this be an opportunity to increase our awareness about diversity, and to expand our capacity for empathy and compassion toward historically marginalized groups in our whole communities? What new pathways can be opened to education, social inclusion, and democratic participation?
Besides the local challenges as set forth by Covid-19, the authorities also have to provide a response to socio- and geopolitical issues. To what extend is any society willing to assist any foreign community with the required resources to combat the pandemic. To what extend is the local authority willing to keep temporary foreigners, being students or not, within their society? And, if yes, to what extend does the provision of assistance differentiate per temporary residents, ethnic groups, and minorities. Till when are residents and other immigrants and from where allowed to reintegrate in the community?
In this framework, the conference will discuss issues from several viewpoints like the following:
The Twenty-first International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations featured plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.
For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows: