Diversity & Inclusiveness
  Number 15, September 2020
Sexual violence support group to launch this autumn
Students are particularly vulnerable to multiple forms of sexual violence. These issues have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic because we are spending more time at home and there is less social control. Prevention, reporting and support are important aspects of tackling sexual violence.
A support group for survivors of sexual violence will launch this autumn. This is in close collaboration with CARE-Amsterdam. Mail for more information.
Read more about the support group
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The aim of this newsletter is to inform you about diversity and inclusion developments, activities and initiatives at our university.

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National Action Plan on Diversity and Inclusion launched at Wijnhaven
As of 1 September, the Netherlands has a national action plan to promote diversity and inclusion in teaching and research. The plan was launched at Leiden University’s Wijnhaven building on its Campus The Hague.
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Diversity and Inclusion Work Plan approved 
Inclusive teaching and research, a good reflection of society and a safe and accessible learning and working environment. The new Diversity and Inclusion Work Plan will determine the direction of University policy and aims to make our university a place where everyone feels respected and at home. 
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From Diversity Office to Diversity & Inclusion Expertise Office
Column by Aya Ezawa, Diversity Officer at Leiden University

In June 2020, the Executive Board approved the new Diversity and Inclusion Work Plan. The plan sets out the University’s ambitions to become a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment. As part of the new plan, the Diversity Office is being reshaped into a Diversity and Inclusion Expertise Office. The Office is there to provide expertise, advice, information, training and instruments that administrators, teachers, supervisors, staff and students can apply in their everyday activities.
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Evenement: The Uprising
With The Uprising Pravini Baboeram presents a musical documentary that tells the story of resistance to racism in today’s Europe. An accompanying toolkit provides ideas for how to start a conversation about racism. In an online event on Wednesday 16 September, Baboeram will discuss The Uprising The Uprising and toolkit with those present. 
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Diversity and inclusion training  
A new diversity and inclusion training programme for staff and selection committees will be launched this autumn. This is an opportunity for departments to discuss topics such as work-life balance, workplace diversity and implicit bias.

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ECHO Awards 2020
The ECHO Awards are presented each year to excellent students in higher education who come from a non-western background. Do you know one or more students with this profile? Nominate them  by Sunday 20 September .

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