January 2023, Year XV, n. 1
Prorector for Social Growth
Telos: Prorector for the Fourth Mission and Student Relations at Sapienza University. What will your job be?
Fabio Lucidi: In our understanding, large, general studies universities are called to offer each student the opportunity to enhance their commitment and characteristics, making them part of great project of social growth. In this sense, merit is not an absolute value along which to draw up rankings or classifications; rather it entails a willingness to do one’s best to acquire personal resources and transform them into collective value.
The concept of merit, thus interpreted, does not therefore refer to the exclusion of some to the benefit of others, but to the opportunity for everyone to see their contribution highlighted, when this is offered with effort and passion.
This also means that educational institutions need to strengthen individual differences, whether these are differences in gender or in socio-economic, ethnic or migratory background, no matter their orientation, and prevent them from transforming into inequalities ...more
Enthusiasm, joy, motivation: this is how Professor Lucidi literally manages to blow away and draw in anybody around him. All topped by his incredible competence in every nook and cranny of university life.
Not for nothing, after being elected Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Rector Polimeni appointed him Prorector of the Fourth Mission and Student Relations.
Our first question for our guest in this January issue of PRIMOPIANOSCALAc was what the “Fourth Mission” is. We admit that, when we read about his new job, the hardest part seemed to be Student Relations, but we changed our mind after his description of the Fourth Mission.
Essentially, Fabio Lucidi’s job will be to address issues of inequality, social mobility and education. Which is no small feat. In the sixties and seventies, they used the term “social elevator”, or when the new generation managed to reach higher social status than the previous one thanks mainly to standard and higher education ...more