Deep Dives with the CCDI

2022 Race and Ethnicity Series

Deep Dives with the CCDI are online sessions that focus on important D&I topics from a Swiss perspective. For 2022, we offer three talks around race in Switzerland. Due to the anniversary of George Floyd’s death and the UN experts' report on Switzerland, this theme comes at a time of great importance and relevance to organizations. See below for more information or click on the button to sign up for the talks.

Racism in Switzerland- The Reality of the Problem

Friday 27 May 2022 | 12:30 - 13:30 h. | English

In January 2022, the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent spent ten days traveling Switzerland on a fact-finding trip. The Group noted racism and discrimination at almost every level of education and a lack of acknowledgment of Switzerland’s ties to colonialism and slavery. In this online session, we discuss why Switzerland’s legacy of racism and discrimination needs to be addressed and how that discussion allows Swiss society to better combat structural racism.

Here is the video of our first session: 

Speakers

Yvonne Apiyo Brändle-Amolo

Yvonne Apiyo Brändle-Amolo is a certified OHCHR Person of African Descent anti-discrimination expert. She is best known for her femme-artivism to challenge societal identity politics. Currently working on an interdisciplinary PhD on politics, gender and diversity and virtual reality at the University of Maastricht, Ms Brändle-Amolo is also an elected member of the Swiss parliament for the Social Democratic Party.

Hans Fässler

Hans Fässler is a Swiss historian, politician, satirical revue artist, political activist and English teacher. He has been involved in both political institutions and grassroots movements and writes articles for various newspapers, magazines and other publications. Hans devotes himself to the fields of slavery, post-colonial studies, reparations and anti-black racism, both as a journalist and a public speaker.

Two Years After George - The Impact on Businesses

Wednesday 29 June | 12:30 - 13:30 h. | English

2022 marks the second anniversary of many tragic deaths that gained international coverage. These include Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Specifically, the murder of George Floyd sparked international protests, and many multinational corporations made statements or created initiatives in support of people of African descent. As we reflect on the past two years, have companies progressed with their initiatives and remained committed to fighting racism? What impact have they had, and is the environment in Switzerland improving because of it?

Speakers

Jacqueline Tossoukpe


Jacqueline Tossoukpe is the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist for UBS Switzerland. Her passion for DEI in the workplace was profoundly shaped while serving as the first female police officer of African descent in Zurich, Switzerland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s in international affairs. She was born in Accra, Ghana but raised in Zurich and considers herself a second-generation Afro-Swiss.

Benjamin Hütteroth


Benjamin Hütteroth has Nigerian German roots and was born in Berlin, Germany. After completing his apprenticeship as an event manager, in 2005, he moved to Switzerland. In 2018, Benjamin joined Google’s talent engagement team. In addition to his core-role at Google he is also a steering committee and founding member of the employer resource group BGN (Black Googler Network) Zurich and a strong advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion.

A More Equitable Switzerland- What can Organizations do?

Wednesday 24 August | 12:30 - 13:30 h.  | English

Over half of the incidents of discrimination reported in Switzerland occur in the workplace. Therefore, it is essential to recognize and dismantle the environment that allows such acts to occur. Dismantling this environment makes organizations more equitable, inclusive, diverse and ultimately respects the human rights of all employees. What approach is needed and what tools can be used to dismantle this institutional racism?

Speakers - TBD


Moderators

Nicole Niedermann

Member of CCDI Management Team & Senior Project Manager

nicole.niedermann@unisg.ch

Nicole Niedermann is member of the CCDI Management Team. She’s co-leading the annual St.Gallen Diversity Benchmarking study and is acting as a senior project manager and advisor for a wide range of company D&I projects. She holds a master’s degree in Work and Organisational Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Fribourg. She’s been working in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the past ten years and gained special know-how on: D&I strategy development and consulting, qualitative and quantitative D&I analysis, managing Unconscious Bias trainings, Inclusive Leadership as well as on designing equitable, inclusive HR processes.



Christian Pierce

Project Manager CCDI

christian.pierce@unisg.ch

Christian Pierce is a Project Manager at the CCDI while simultaneously pursuing a PhD in Organization Studies and Cultural Theory at the University of St. Gallen. His research focus is antiracism in multinational corporations from a human rights perspective. He has advised multiple organizations on D&I, specializing on racial and ethnic equity, in the US, Latin America, and Europe.


About

The Competence Centre for Diversity & Inclusion (CCDI) is your partner for diversity and inclusion management. Located at the University of St. Gallen, our team draws on more than 20 years of experience and combines the latest research with best practices to help organizations achieve their goals.  

Come and join us for the 2022 Race and Ethnicity Series!

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