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Diversity and inclusion

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Interdisciplinary Learning CoursesDiversity and inclusion

Are you coming to Mars? Let's explore diversity to colonize normality

In the age of the space project to colonize Mars, which yearns to turn humans into an interplanetary species, there are those who, here on Earth, and on more than one occasion, have felt like they were from another planet. Certain bodily and cognitive characteristics, tastes, behaviors or ways of feeling and thinking that did not conform to the standard norms set by society, have made them doubt, to a greater or lesser degree, their worth and ability.

From this perspective experienced by each of us, we propose the subject Diversity and Inclusion.

Are you coming to Mars? is an invitation to explore diversity through the history of art to colonize the concept of normality, recognizing the right to being different in order to build an inclusive society.

Are you coming to Mars? (¿Vienes a-Marte?) is also phonetic wordplay with the Spanish verb “to love” (amar), which shows the need for all people to honor what makes us diverse and, therefore, unique.

Are you coming to Mars? is a journey proposal to learn about different projects in which art has been used as social inclusion with sexually, culturally and functionally diverse groups.

Are you coming to Mars? is an opportunity to create, together with interdisciplinary students, inclusive team proposals.

Are you coming to Mars? is a teaching and learning experience to broaden one's view and embrace diversity.

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Promote respectful, tolerant and equitable attitudes, fostering an attitude that recognizes the people's diversity as a value of society.
  • 2. Discuss the representations made in the history of art regarding sexual, cultural and functional diversity.
  • 3. Develop a critical perspective to analyze situations of social disadvantage due to sexual, cultural and functional differences.
  • 4. Know the potential of art in facilitating social inclusion.
  • 5. Acquire tools that facilitate the creation of inclusive proposals in different areas (personal, academic, professional).

Contents of the Subject

Diversity and inclusion

  • 1. Presentation of the subject, professor and group.
  • 2. Construction of the point of view (EMIC / ETIC dichotomy).
  • 3. We rethink concepts: diversity, inclusion and equity.
  • 4. Dialogues I: representation of sexual diversity in the history of art.
  • 5. Dialogues II: representation of cultural diversity in the history of art.
  • 6. Dialogues III: representation of functional diversity in the history of art.
  • 7. Art projects, sexual diversity and inclusion.
  • 8. Art projects, cultural diversity and inclusion.
  • 9. Art projects, functional diversity and inclusion.
  • 10. Toolbox to build inclusive proposals as a team (PHASE I).
  • 11. Toolbox to build inclusive proposals as a team (PHASE II).
  • 12. Toolbox to build inclusive proposals as a team (PHASE III).
  • 13. Toolbox to build inclusive team proposals (PHASE IV).
  • 14. Diversity colonizes normality: presentation of proposals.
  • 15. Closing lecture.


Tania Ugena Candel Professor of Diversity and inclusion

Tania Ugena Candel

PhD in Educational Sciences. Master's Degree in Art Therapy and Art Education for Social Inclusion. Bachelor's Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Associate's Degree in Social Education from the Complutense University of Madrid.
Training in Spanish Dance, Flamenco Dance and Classical Dance at the Amor de Dios Center for Flamenco Art and Spanish Dance (Madrid).
Professor of the Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts - Nebrija University and Nebrija Institute of Professional Competences; Educator at the "El Prado for Everyone" Program - Museo Nacional del Prado; Director of Girasol Arteterapia en Movimiento.
Experience with: Children, Adolescents, Families, Women, Mental Health, Elderly, Alzheimer's Disease, Roma Community, Migrants, Cognitive and Sensory Functional Diversity, Affective-Sexual Education and Addictions.
Publications in various books, magazines and conference, in relation to research on the applications of art in therapeutic, educational and social spaces.