Diversity & Inclusiveness

Number 6, March 2018

LU Pride: ‘It's great that there's a club where you don't feel different!’
Fifty years ago a group of students started the Leiden Student Working Group on LGBT. Today students can contact Leiden University Pride and for staff there is the LGBTQ+ Core Network.

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With this newsletter the Diversity Office of Leiden University will keep you informed about diversity and inclusiveness activities.

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Column by Diversity Officer Isabel Hoving

And how is it getting along, that diversity policy of yours?

It’s a great question, thank you for asking it, but I’m sorry, it’s almost impossible to answer. After more than four years we can at least say that we truly have made quite a lot of progress. So much that we couldn’t even name it all.

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How students launched the Leiden LGBT movement 50 years ago

Four students founded the Leiden Student Working Group on Homosexuality on the day of the Dies Natalis in 1968. This was to be the start of the LBGT+ movement in Leiden, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary this year. What has been achieved and what is the status of emancipation today?

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Lectures on diversity and inclusion

This year the Diversity Office will organise several lectures on diversity and inclusion in cooperation with the different faculties at Leiden University. Our first lecture, Inclusive Leadership: how to maximise diverse talent, will be on 13 March in the Wijnhaven Building in The Hague. We have invited international speakers from across the globe to share with us their ideas on leadership, how to create an inclusive organisation and how to maximise the diverse talents of all.

Join Sophia Women's Network

Sophia - the Leiden University's women’s network - wants to include more and more diverse women in its board. Currently the temporary board consists of professors only. We also want to include assistant professors, associate professors, PhD students and postdocs. Do you want to change Leiden University? Do you want to be heard? If you do, please get in touch and mail to:

Diversity Office on Facebook

The Diversity Office of Leiden University has it's own Facebook page, where we share our activities, ideas and diversity expressions. Please like and follow us and share your ideas and activities on diversity and inclusiveness.   

Networks started up

A range of different networks has been started up to think about how our university can be more inclusive for all staff and students. Sophia Women’s  Network for female scientists  was launched last year and an LGBT+ network for staff and students also saw the light in 2017. Networks for bicultural/international staff and for students and staff with disabilities are in the process of being set up. For more information, please mail to

Coming events
6 March Workshop De witte vertrouwenspersoon (in Dutch)
8 March Annie Romein-Verschoor lecture (in Dutch)
8 March Lecture Succesvolle vrouwen over hun carričre (in Dutch)
9 March Intercultural Communication for study advisors (in Dutch)
10 March LGBTI Election debate in Leiden (in Dutch) 
13 March Lecture Inclusive leadership: How to maximise diverse talent
15 March Lunch meeting Sophia Women's Network
20 March Training course Intercultural communication
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