Diversity & Inclusiveness

Number 7, September 2018

New POPcorner at Faculty of Humanities
This September, the Faculty of Humanities opened a POPcorner. This is a place where first-year students can drop by for questions, workshops and courses in study skills, talent development and mentoring by senior students.

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Column by the Diversity Officer
Work pressure has a lot to do with inclusiveness (or a lack of it)

Welcome back, everyone! The opening of the academic year on 3 September left us in no doubt that diversity and inclusiveness will be important themes in the coming year. Rector Carel Stolker raised the problem of work pressure, and added that pressure of work can also be the result of an unpleasant, tough working environment, intimidation and a culture of anxiety. We’re not immune to that, he recognised, and so we have to take a serious and focused look at shaping an inclusive working environment.

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Save the date: Diversity Symposium on 13 November 

Join the annual Diversity Symposium in City Resort Hotel Leiden. There will be an interactive, practically oriented afternoon programme with keynote speakers Dutch politician and writer Jan Terlouw and American inclusiveness expert Prof. Em. Barbara Love. The afternoon will be followed by the presentation of the annual Joris van Bergen Prize and will end with a buffet, presentations and artistic reflections on the day. More information will follow shortly.

Network STAR is born

Star (Space to Talk About Race) is a network that aims to create a safe space where the topics of race, racism and heritage-related matters are more freely discussable. Its goal is to generate more clarity within the institution about the importance of these matters and the vulnerability of people facing them.
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Launch LGBT+ Network Leiden University

Vice-Rector Magnificus of Leiden University Hester Bijl will officially launch the LGBT+ Network. This network aims to be a platform for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer staff and students at Leiden University and their allies. Everyone is welcome to join the network in a toast!

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Three Leiden student projects awarded Students-4-Students grant

The Ministry of Education aims to make Dutch higher education more inclusive. With its Students-4-Students campaign it invited students to come up with project proposals. Three Leiden initiatives, Daily Dutch, Pre-Study Programme (both from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences) and network STAR were awarded a grant.

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The Feminist Evolution is coming to Leiden

This summer, Feminist Evolution Leiden (FEL) was formed. FEL is the Dutch word for fierce. Their aim is to bring feminist programming to Leiden and everybody is welcome. They will organise lectures, bookclubs and other activities. Do you want to join? Visit FEL on Facebook and come to the official launch on 28 September in Old School. Take your feminist friends!

The Humanities Buddy Programme: definitely recommended

Many international students start their master's programme at the Humanities Faculty every semester. The Faculty's Buddy Programme is there to help them out. “I did not feel lost any longer in the new city.”

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‘Meeting Point is my GPS’

From help with filling in complex forms to a buddy who will introduce you to student life. The Meeting Point for refugee students meets many needs. This was the finding of experienced experts at the symposium in honour of the one-year anniversary of the Meeting Point.

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Read also
Want to join the Diversity Policy Feedback Group?
Become a volunteer for LU Pride
Leiden University appointed extra 25 female professors in 2017
More inclusive communication is more complex than it seems
Debate: Inclusive Leadership, how to maximise the diverse talent
The stories behind the women's portraits
‘Hetero norm is deeply ingrained, including among LGBT people’
Fourteen women professors take over the Senate Chamber
19 September - Launch LGBT+ Network Leiden University
20 September - Lecture LUMC Pride: An inclusive workplace: sexual orientation and gender identity at the LUMC
28 September - Launch Feminist Evolution Leiden
8 November - Training Intercultural Communication (course in Dutch)
13 November - Diversity Symposium
4 December - Training Inclusive education - reaching all your students
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