Eli Lilly Japan Co., Ltd. will hold a workshop event with students from Keio University on October 2022, 10 as a new development of the "Invisible Diversity PROJECT", which is jointly working with companies, local governments, and experts. conducted on the day.

 Eli Lilly Japan defines health issues such as migraines, menstrual cramps, back pain, and other pains and disorders that are difficult to visualize and have low recognition of suffering and disability as "invisible diversity."In 2020, we launched the "Invisible Diversity Project" with the aim of creating a workplace where people with anxiety and distress and those around them can understand each other and everyone can work with peace of mind.

 On the other hand, at Keio University, we have built an environment in which people respect each other's personalities, recognize diverse values, and live cooperatively. I agree with the purpose of the “Invisible Diversity Project”.This time, a workshop will be held jointly with Eli Lilly Japan.

 In the workshops, by imagining the backgrounds of others from the perspective of "illness and physical ailments," which anyone can be a victim of, we will become aware of diverse differences, thoughts, and values, and at the same time understand the other person's position and "diversity (diversity)." We conducted lectures and group work with the aim of providing students with an opportunity to think about what diversity is.

 23 students participated on the day.In the first half of the lecture, Eli Lilly Japan introduced the concept and impact of "invisible diversity" using migraine, one of the representative diseases, as an example.In the latter half of the group work, we practiced a card game to imagine the invisible pain of others using the "Story Cards" developed in the Invisible Diversity Project.

 Through the card game, the students learn that even the actions of others, which may appear to be incomprehensible or self-centered behavior to those around them, are actually hidden behind their actions, such as "maybe there is an illness or disorder that cannot be seen by those around them." There may be hidden reasons such as "invisible diversity"," and imagined from the standpoint of the person concerned, and discussed how to understand, accept, and respond to them.

 One student who participated said, "I realized that there are two types of pain: physical pain, and social pain, which increases when you can't tell others about your pain. The social aspect. I thought that an open environment where people could say whatever they wanted to say was needed in order to get rid of the bitterness of being in. However, how much privacy should be conveyed? It's important to balance those two." "During the group discussion, I actually shared with myself physical problems and worries. There are many things that I didn't know, but when I talk about it, I can sympathize with people around me."

Reference: [Eli Lilly Japan Co., Ltd.] Challenge a “card game” where college students imagine the “invisible pain” of others, such as migraines and menstrual pain! “Invisible Diversity Workshop at Keio University” held to promote understanding of “invisible” health issues (PDF) 

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