Towards SUD. Racism, climate, the individual, and the university


Institutional Communication Service

11 April 2022

Sustainable University Day 2022 is fast approaching. It will be held on Friday, 29 April, in Mendrisio, on both USI and SUPSI campuses. In the run-up to the event, each week, we are presenting one of the four sessions in which the programme promoted by U Change is divided. Sustainable University Day (SUD) is a day in which students, professors, researchers and all those interested in the topic of sustainability will be able to discover various sustainability initiatives and projects and discuss together how universities can contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainability Goals.

Universities and the 2030 Agenda: what role do social challenges, dialogue with the territory and student commitment play? This will be the leitmotif of the ten workshops, divided into four sessions, that will lead the Sustainable University Day 2022. Here are the three workshops of the second session, scheduled in parallel from 11.15 am to 12.00 pm.



Viavai di culture. Theatre workshops for the prevention of racism and the development of critical thinking
Prof. Demis Quadri, Veronica Provenzale, Shahaf Michaeli and Kate Weinrieb (Accademia Teatro Dimitri)

The workshop explores the collaborative process of developing pathways to address, in elementary schools and society at large, the issue of racism through theatre and human rights perspectives.

Language: Italian, English.


Meet the expert! Climate Change: from monitoring to decarbonisation
Dr Cristian Scapozza (SUPSI-IST), Dr. Nicola Storelli (SUPSI-IM), Francesca Cellina (SUPSI-ISAAC), Luca Morici (SUPSI-IDe)

Environmental monitoring on the territory shows clear evidence of ongoing climate change. Experienced researchers help us understand the data collected and the processes involved and explore mitigation strategies and practices at the level of individual behaviours.

Language: Italian with simultaneous translation in French / German.


The Role of each individual and the role of U Change: strategies for a joint engagement of universities
Yves Gärtner and Lucrezia Oberli (U Change, Swiss Academies of Sciences)

What will the university of the future look like? What is missing to achieve this vision, and how can we support everyone's contribution to this change? The answers to these questions will be explored through this collaborative workshop.

Language: French, German and Italian. 



Global sustainable development issues have gained political importance in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) context. Consequently, the thematisation of these issues during studies has become even more important. For this reason, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, through the U Change initiative, is promoting Sustainable University Day (SUD) - a day in which students, researchers, lecturers, university staff and all interested parties will be able to engage in various activities as part of an interactive and multifaceted programme, in collaboration with research and teaching partners, non-profit organisations and local associations.


Ten workshops, a "project exchange" to discover different initiatives in sustainability and performance with the Master students of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri. Friday 29 April, from 9 am to 5 pm, in Mendrisio: in the morning on the SUPSI Campus, in the afternoon on the USI Campus.

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Participation is free and open to all interested parties upon registration by 22 April 2022.

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