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A photo contest to increase diversity and inclusion in higher education
Stockholm Science City and Kista Science City have initiated an annual photo contest on Instagram. The aim is to promote and raise awareness of the talent, curiosity and creativity in neighborhoods with great potential to contribute to Sweden's future. We hope that the initiative will contribute to increase interest in technology and science among youths from families with low educational background and thereby increase diversity in higher education. The contest is open for residents in the Järvafältet area in Stockholm i.e the city districts Akalla, Husby, Kista, Hjulsta, Tensta and Rinkeby.

Diversity and cross-disciplinary collaborations become increasingly important in the development of knowledge and solutions that benefits society and individuals. The demand for well educated people is increasing and to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness it is important to make use of all of Sweden’s talents. However, twice as many students with college educated parents continue to higher education compared to students with parents without a collage education. Since the educational level in several areas of Sweden is substantially lower compared to the country as a whole, there exist a great potential in these parts to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness and make the diversity in society to be reflected in higher education.

Themes for the contest 2018 was creativity and curiosity. The themes for 2019 are equality, diversity, climate and environment. Through the competition, we want the participants to explore and portray their surroundings in a playful way. The aim is to increase interest in technology and science among youths from families with low educational background, and also to contribute to nuance and challenge the often-negative image of the Järva area. The winners are presented during Järvaveckan

Partners in the initiative are Karolinska Institutet, KTH, Stockholms universitet, Vetenskapens Hus (the House of Science), The Global Village, My Dream Now, Canon, Samsung and Fryshuset Husby. 

Want to know more? Please contact us or visit minakvarter.info. A number of photos from the competition are found on the Instagram account @MinaKvarter.