This paper outlines an index of LGBT+ inclusion in universities and provides an initial ranking of Italian public universities based on this index. The LGBT+ University Inclusion Index incorporates an extensive set of indicators based on existing LGBT+ inclusion indices and expert opinions and is based on a fuzzy rule-based system of the Mamdani-Assilian type to measure inclusiveness. The index has a twofold aim: to help tertiary education institutions to assess their degree of inclusiveness, and to assess the level of LGBT+ inclusion in tertiary education by the National Agency for the Assessment of Higher Education and Research. Best practices in LGBT+ inclusion, implemented by Italian universities and identified in this study, are highlighted with the aim of suggesting and recommending guidelines helpful to fighting homo-bi-transphobic discrimination in higher education institutions.
The LGBT plus University Inclusion Index and its application to Italian universities / Russo, T; Addabbo, T; Muzzioli, S; Damiani, F; De Baets, B. - In: SOFT COMPUTING. - ISSN 1432-7643. - (2023), pp. N/A-N/A. [10.1007/s00500-023-08320-8]