After four successful years and a collaboration with more than 30 programmes, we will conclude the Diversity in Enrolment and Selection (DIS) project with a symposium in autumn 2023. The aim of the project is to contribute to a culture in which all study applicants feel welcome and seen during the process of application, enrolment and selection. With the completion of the project, the work on diversity in intake and selection does not end. We are currently working on the long-term development of DIS and the delivery of a number of tools. During the symposium, you can attend interactive sessions where you will learn more about putting DIS into practice. For more information on the project look here.
The symposium will take place at the Sonnenborgh Museum on 5 October, from 13.30 to 18.00.
|14.00||Opening by project leaders Leoniek Wijngaards and Gönül Dilaver|
Other people around us have different disciplines, perspectives, embodiments and experiences. Behaving as if everyone was our clone is not a celebration of equality, but a missed chance to value diversity. Valuing interdisciplinarity and valuing diversity go hand in hand: thinking together is essential to science and education. But dialogues across differences require effort— I suggest 3 steps.
2) When decentring, we become spacious: we neither universalize our framework, nor become relativistic and indifferent to other worlds. We listen.
3) After listening to different ways of knowing and experiencing that might help us get in touch with what is real, we engage in thinking together. In dialogue, we look for what I call “universals for this time and space”, for discourses and actions that seem capable —to all involved— of creating better science, a better world, and, in the words of the African philosopher Bayo Akomolafe “a home that worked for all of us, not just a few above the many”
Choice of several interactive sessions including:
|16.45||Words from John de Wit, Diversity Dean|
|17.00||Launch of the DIS working group with a snack and a (soft) drink|
For whom is this symposium intended
The symposium is intended for a broad audience as well as for colleagues and study associations working on education and recruitment. For the general public with an interest in diversity and inclusion and the steps we can take in it, the keynote and the theatre play are interesting to attend. For anyone who has collaborated on the project and/or wants to get started with our tools, there are the sessions dealing with the more specific aspects of diverse recruitment, education and selection. In these sessions, you can also raise questions on the topic.