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Governance, People and Policies

Bocconi aims to ensure that our policies, research and teaching – as well as the lived experiences of students, faculty, staff and alumni – reflect our promise to uphold a transparent and coherent strategy in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion.

The governance of this crucial area is supported by a dedicated Project Manager, several university committees, and diversity delegates in each Department, with the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion as the figure responsible for their coordination, while written policies set out our commitment to these values. These include:

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Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

In recent years, diversity and inclusion have become key elements of Bocconi’s overall strategic priorities, a shift that has accelerated through the establishment of a dedicated Deanship, among the first of its kind in Europe. With the creation of the role of Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, activities in this area now have a single point of reference and a figure responsible for their coordination. The Deanship is currently held by Professor Catherine De Vries.

Diversity Delegates in Departments

To support the work of the Equal Opportunities Committee, diversity delegates have been appointed in each Department. These delegates serve as a link to foster cooperation with Departments and improve information provision on diversity-related issues within Departments.


  • Sonia Petrone – Decision Sciences
  • Anna Battauz – Finance
  • Silvia Cinque – SDA Bocconi
  • Catherine De Vries – Chair/Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Fabrizio Perretti – Management and Technology
  • Stefania Borghini – Marketing
  • Eliana La Ferrara – Economics
  • Paola Profeta – Social and Political Sciences
  • Angelo Ditillo – Accounting
  • Hao Jiang – Legal Studies

Inclusion, Disability and Wellbeing Committee

The Inclusion, Disability and Wellbeing Committee is currently in charge of inclusion policies for students with physical disabilities and learning disorders and deals with mental health challenges and equal opportunity issues (such as LGBTQIA+ issues, and religious and ethnic differences). The primary objective is the complete inclusion of all students in the processes of learning, taking exams and living on campus, while developing and making the most of their potential, knowledge, competencies and abilities, irrespective of their disability, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity or religion. The Committee is chaired by the Dean of Diversity of Inclusion and includes members of Bocconi faculty, staff and students appointed by the Rector.

  • Elio Borgonovi – Rector’s Delegate for Disability
  • Paolo Cancelli – Director of Students
  • Antonella Carù – Dean of the Graduate School
  • Catherine De Vries – Chair/Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Antonio Devoto – Academic Services
  • Martina Ercoli – Academic Services
  • Achraf Fadhel – Student Representative
  • Roberto Grassi – Director of Academic Services
  • Maurizo Mongardi – HR and Operations Director
  • Annalisa Prencipe – Dean of the Undergraduate School
  • Giuseppe Sinatra – Director of Infrastructures, Sustainability and General Services
  • Pietro Sirena – Dean of the School of Law

Equal Opportunities Committee

The Equal Opportunities Committee protects, enhances and promotes a culture of equity and empowerment within the Bocconi community to ensure that all members of the Bocconi community receive – and offer to others – equality of opportunity and treatment, irrespective of their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability, age or economic background.

Community and Social Engagement Committee

Bocconi is based on a strong system of values including pluralism of ideas, moral integrity, inclusion, solidarity and social mobility. Firmly believing that moral dimensions cannot be separated from economic ones, in 2008 Bocconi fully recognized social commitment and responsibility as founding values of its identity and set up the Community and Social Engagement Committee. It is chaired by a Full Professor appointed by the Rector, and is composed of the Dean of the Graduate School, the CLEAMM Program Director, the Dean of Fundraising and Alumni Engagement, a former Director of SDA, a Full Professor, the head of the Students Unit and the former scholarship manager.

The committee currently coordinates three programs, which are made up of a certain number of projects:

  • Civic and social engagement of Bocconi students: To help students experience the importance of helping others as a necessary element for their professional future. 
  • Social mobility: To give economically disadvantaged students the opportunity to study at Bocconi.
  • Studying in prison: To allow young inmates to change their lives through higher education.

Committee for the Coordination of Student and Group Activities

The CASA Committee supports inclusion initiatives for students by reviewing and approving student-led activities proposed by student associations. It reviews the proposals for the establishment and renewal of student associations. It also supports the communication and outreach activities of student associations with the student body. The activities of student associations on campus help foster the integration of students on the Bocconi campus.

Honor Code for the Bocconi Community

The Honor Code commits everyone within the Bocconi Community to maintaining an academic environment for all students that is free from all forms of discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Inclusive Gender Equality Plan

The Inclusive Gender Equality Plan maps diversity within the Bocconi community whilst being sensitive to the interconnected nature of various categorizations, such as gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, nationality or mental health needs, which create overlapping forms of discrimination, disadvantage and marginalization. It also outlines the University’s inclusion practices and sets an agenda for future initiatives and procedures.

Last modified 27/05/2022 - 12:15:07