Diversity & Inclusiveness

Number 10, June 2019

Diversity Office 2.0
Column by Aya Ezawa, Diversity Officer at Leiden University
I have recently been appointed as the new Diversity Officer at Leiden University. I feel honoured to follow in the footsteps of Isabel Hoving, who became the first Diversity Officer at the University in 2014 and devoted so much effort and passion to the role.

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STAR kick-off event: the importance of inclusive education

The kick-off event for Safe Space to Talk about Race (STAR) on 17 April was a great success. The focus was on the need for a safe space for students of colour at Leiden University. The two keynote speakers, Aminata Cairo (Professor of Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences) and Isabel Hoving (the former Diversity Officer at Leiden University), talked about the importance of inclusive education.
STAR is one of the selected projects of the Students4Students campaign. It aims to create spaces in and around Leiden University in which the topics of race, racism and heritage-related matters can be freely discussed. It plans to do this by providing education and other events, safer spaces and peer-to-peer support.

Paul Wouters new LGBT+ Network ambassador

Prof. Paul Wouters, Dean of the Faculty Social Science, is the new ambassador of the Leiden University LGBT+ Network. Wouters says, 'I think it is important to make sexual and cultural diversity visible.'
About the LGBT+ Network
The LGBT+ Network is a platform for all lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer students and staff of Leiden University. It aims to create an inclusive university and to improve the visibility of the LGBT+ community. It is also a sounding board for the Diversity & Inclusivity Expertise Centre, the Executive Board and other University departments. The LGBT+ Network also works together with Leiden University Pride, an organisation for LGBT+ students.

The Diversity Policy Feedback Group needs you

Want to make sure that everyone feels at home at our university? The Diversity Policy Feedback Group needs you!

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POPcorner: helping make the University more inclusive

One of the ambitions of the Learning@LeidenUniversity vision on teaching and learning is to foster an international and inclusive educational community in which everyone feels welcome, regardless of religion, sex, sexual orientation or cultural background. One student service that promotes inclusion is POPcorner. What is it and how is it helping to make the University more inclusive?

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Van Bergen Prize winner Archery Attack has growth potential

Dutch and international students brandishing bows and arrows fire at each other on the fields of the University Sports Centre on 11 May. This is the aim not the shooting each other, but the act of getting together.

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Diversity requires ethical leadership

Zeger van der Wal, the Iens Dales Professor at the Institute of Public Administration, was interviewed by Binnenlands Bestuur magazine about his recent essay Integrity 2025.

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Female professors from the present and the future

Role models are key to inspiring the next generation. Fifteen female professors therefore celebrated International Women's Day with girls aged between 12 and 16. Because although the number of women at the (academic) top is increasing, we're not there yet.

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Thanks to all university porters and communication departments, the Rainbow flag flew from nearly all faculty buildings on 17 May, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Recently published
Harassment in Dutch Academia (LNVH)
Sociale Veiligheid van medewerkers op universiteiten (FNV, in Dutch)
Lekker uit de kast, interview with Jojanneke van der Toorn, Professor on Workplace Pride (in Dutch)
Coming events
28 June: Workplace Pride International Conference
18 September: Rainbow Lectures
16 October: training course Inclusive education - reaching all your students (UTQ module)
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