University IMPACT Champion

Frédéric Mion

Gender inequalities in science and higher education are a major concern for knowledge-based societies, but academic careers are not our sole concern. We intend to address the full spectrum of gender inequalities and bias in our organization.

Impact Commitments

Reach 40% representation of both genders in academic, administrative, and senior leadership positions by 2020.

Sciences Po is committed to driving gender equality in both directions, committing to a series of bold targets that will make important progress towards parity. Sciences Po will reach 40% representation of both genders across academic, administrative, and senior leadership positions by 2020, including 40% of Fondation nationale des sciences politiques Board seats held by women.1,2 To reach this ambitious objective, Sciences Po will undertake a thorough review of all recruitment procedures. In addition, Sciences Po will proactively seek out female candidates, distribute female expert lists, and work with professional women’s networks to identify candidates. Until 2020, Sciences Po will annually report on the representation of women in these positions, and will share best practices across the other IMPACT champion universities to accelerate progress across higher education.

Launch new programs to empower men as fathers and husbands as well as workers.

Sciences Po will champion a new type of masculinity, showing that it is possible and vital for men to share responsibilities at home and at work. Science Po’s programs will enable men to ‘go public’ with their roles as fathers and husbands, as well as workers, and set a bold target for the share of men taking paternity leave: 90% by 2017. To foster the culture necessary for this change, Sciences Po will launch an innovative workshop series for male and female students and faculty to raise awareness of gender norms and engage the university community as champions of change. In addition, Sciences Po will expand the legally mandated maternity interviews to all parents—men, women and adoptive parents. The comprehensive interviews aim to smooth the transition back to work, and ensure that an honest conversation occurs about the ability of the parent to balance home and work responsibilities.

Develop and scale programs that ready students for their careers in a gender-unequal labor market.

In 2015, Sciences Po launched a sweeping new Gender Equality Action Plan that aims to transform the culture of the university into one based on equality. Starting at home, Sciences Po will role model a gold standard on equality, ensuring gender parity in its own professional meetings, with at least 40% professionals of each gender, every year, for all programs. Sciences Po will roll out a series of programs aimed to empower students, including: workshops on negotiation and other core skills, and public gender-balanced discussions on the issue of work-life balance. To ensure consistent progress across the university, Sciences Po will institute a gender sensitization and awareness course, reaching 30% of students in 2016 and 50% by 2017, and launch a complementary awareness campaign, designed in collaboration with students in the School of Communication, creating a scalable model for other universities.

1. Currently women hold 59% of administrative positions but are underrepresented in leadership positions 2. The Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP) has authority over finance, human resources and property management. It also sets out scientific and documentary strategies. It is made up of faculty, student and staff representatives, as well as external social and economic figures.

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