Identity and community
Your identity is personal, but it’s not something that is only formed by yourself. You are always in contact with a larger community. Our community changes our identity just as much as our identity shapes the community that we are part of. During this workshop participants were asked to express their own community through art and visual representations.
Identity and education
How can education impact the lives of newcomers? How and what effects does education bring about to one's identity? In a game and in an interesting discussion this workshop tackled the interplay between identity and education.
Negotiating identities: new, old and inbetween
Refugees, or academic papers about refugees, often talk about them having ‘new’ and ‘old’ cultural identities, shaped by their home country and their country of residence, but in practice it is never that black and white. Identity is something that is dependent on context. In this workshop, Incluusion students and participants looked at how identities can develop and how people deal with having different identities.
The refugee label
The word refugee can mean different things to different people, but it often has a negative connotation. During this workshop Incluusion students talked about their personal experiences with navigating Dutch society and having been labelled as a refugee.
Media, politics and stigmatization
In the media and politics there is a lot of talk about refugees yet people rarely hear a refugee’s own voice or story. During this workshop Incluusion students shared the experiences they had with the media, politics and stigmatization.
The making of 'Journeys into diversity'
Diversity is a hot item in education. But what does diversity entail in practice? How is it experienced by Utrecht University students in the context of their education? Creating an exhibition was part of the project Making Journeys. Building Blocks for Diversity. The project created a space where refugee students, their fellow students and teachers could present topics of learning and understanding in relation to their journeys into the classroom - for which there is no time or place in the classroom itself.
In a series of workshops and interviews we explored what these journeys can mean in the context of Utrecht University education. The exhibition ‘Journeys into diversity’ presented a complex picture of diversity through photographs, writings, drawings, paintings, filmed portraits, and quotes. The personal journeys evoked go beyond national or ethnic identifications.