In September 2017 we - Noortje van Amsterdam, Emmeline Besamusca, Mary Bouquet and Elena Valbusa - started the project "Making Journeys. Building Blocks for Diversity" funded by Utrecht Stimuleringsfonds Onderwijs. As Utrecht University (UU) teachers and support staff we were intrigued by the ways in which diversity plays out in our everyday work context and in the ways it is perceived and discussed in the UU community at large.
‘Diversity’ is often understood in terms of multiple nationalities, cultures, or ethnicities occupying teaching and learning positions in the classroom. As such, ‘diversity’ seems implicitly to only relate to minorities; for the majority of students, teachers, and support staff at UU, it could generate a sense that “diversity is not about me”