Od dyskryminacji do empatii

From discrimination to empathy

From discrimination to empathy

A series of workshops to understand the social and behavioural manifestation of discrimination, tolerance, acceptance and empathy.

Discrimination is an anomaly in human behavior. It creates ‘us’ and ‘them’ in any given situation and with any people. It is unjustified and has no rational basis. It creates divides between humans on the basis of colour, caste, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender and so forth.

Empathy on the other hand is the ability to emotionally understand what other people feel, see things from their point of view, and imagine yourself in their place. Essentially, it is putting yourself in someone else's position and feeling what they must be feeling.

Tolerance  is the allowing, permitting, or acceptance of an action, idea, object, or person which one dislikes or disagrees with.

Acceptance in human psychology is a person's assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it or protest it. Acceptance is also the end of resistance.


In each of the above mentioned concepts on which human behaviour is based, there is a variation of a certain degree. The connecting thread is human behaviour and one can easily perceive the difference in each of these as veering from negative towards positive. One can also find the connection in the fact that if discrimination is one end of the spectrum, empathy is on the other end. While tolerance and acceptance are the milestones that humans need to achieve in order to reach from exclusion or discrimination to empathy. As such tolerance and acceptance act like bridges between the two ends

Agnieszka Rachwał-Mueller: President of Ad Lucem Foundation, a non- profit organization with a mission to create awareness about racial and ethnic discrimination. She is an educationist having teaching experience of over 20 years. Graduate of Jagiellonian University, completed multiple educators` trainings and courses on discrimination as well as on human rights , among them Harvard University semester on Political Philosophy.
A teacher, trainer  successfully leading  trainings in the field of antidiscrimination and intercultural differences since 2007.
She has been working closely with companies, CEOs on projects concerning intercultural communication, antidiscrimination  and conflict solving for the past 14 years. Working among other for Deutche Telekom, Metro, Macro Cash &Carry, Bertelsmann AG.
In 2020 constituted Ad Lucem Foundation to carry on promoting  awareness about multicultural diversity, antidiscrimination. Successfuly lead projects on antidiscrimination issues such as  Identifying Identity, Empathy, From discrimination to empathy ( together with Vibha Lakhera).

Vibha Lakhera is the Managing Trustee of Reachout Foundation, a non profit organization with a mission to create awareness about racial and ethnic discrimination. She is also the Founder of Project Empathy. She is an educationist having teaching experience of 15 years. She has post graduate degree in Economis and B.Ed degree from Lucknow University. A teacher, counselor, instructor and researcher she has been one of the core members in the Foundation.  She has been successfully leading the youth leadership programme to inform, educate and sensitise the youth and teachers on stereotype and discriminiation. She has been working closely with children and teachers on projects initiated by Reachout Foundation: The India Project-Say No to Discrimination. She has conducted teachers training workshops to create awareness about multicultural diversity in schools. She has conceptualised and executed research based internship projects for college students: Covid 19: A Defining Moment in Our Story of Inclusion, Identifying Identity.She is currently working as the Knowledge Partner with Ad Lucem Foundation, Poland, Cracow on a project called Project Empathy