Students of IIM, Bangalore are jointly organising a writing contest along with a diversity and inclusion interest group, QUEst. PGP students Abhishek Ghosh and Rohit John Philip are leading this. The contest is being held in collaboration with Interweave, an inclusion solutions consulting firm and will be hosted on Penbound (penbound.com), a social networking platform for writers and readers.
Entries can be in the form of short stories, poems and reflection on inclusions.
Entries must be in less than 5000 words in topic related to one of the following:
- Sexual Orientation/Preferences
- Gender Roles, Identities and Biases
- Disabilities and the differently-abled
- Multiculturalism (Culture, Caste, Language)
"I am delighted to see the manner in which the student community is carrying forward the agenda on inclusion,' said Professor Vasanthi Srinivasan, faculty from the Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management area and Chairperson, Ethics and Code of Conduct, IIM Bangalore.
Awards include one critics choice winner (Rs. 5000 cash prize), two popular choice winners (Rs. 2500 cash prize). The winning entries will be considered for 25 writers for change publication which will be released in January 2018.
"It is imperative for us to drive the change towards inclusive and pro-diversity workplaces and communities. QUEst is trying to create a vital forum where ideas can be exchanged to help build an inclusive mind-set," said Rohit.
As for the response for the contest, Abhishek Ghosh said, "We have received positive feedback from faculty, students, leading corporates and activists in the social space. We have a line-up of activities such as movie screenings, panel discussions and seminars to build the momentum."
Those interested can submit their entries before 15 August 2017.