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Friday, 31 August 2018

Nikki Cavernelis presented her paper “Food for Inclusion” at the 11th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) conference at the University of Montreal.

In August, Nikki Cavernelis, an Administrative Officer in Actuarial Science, travelled to Canada to present her paper “Food for Inclusion” at the 11th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) conference at the University of Montreal. Drawing on the School of Management Studies as a case study, she put forward the argument that food can create opportunities for building inclusive and sustainable relationships in the workplace. In this way, food can serve as a “tool” for social transformation and minimize some of the discomfort, unease and inequality associated with diversity. She outlined the various ways in which food has helped to create a sense of belonging among her colleagues.

Dr Visseho Adjiwanou, Nikki Cavernelis and Associate Professor Ines Meyer.

Nikki was joined by two of them, Associate Professor Ines Meyer (Section of Organisational Psychology) and Dr Visseho Adjiwanou (Adjunct Faculty, Centre for Actuarial Research (CARe)). As chair for the stream “Work, Remuneration and Social Protection as Enablers of a Dignified Existence” Ines presented a paper entitled “Living Wages for a Decent Life: What we Know So Far”, while Visseho had co-authored a paper which provided an overview and new approaches to the participation of immigrants and ethnocultural minorities.

Nikki and Ines successfully bid to bring the EDI conference to Cape Town in 2021.


Story By : Assoc Prof Suki Goodman