“I am truly delighted to be appointed in this UNESCO Chair position,” says Prof. Tibbitts, “as it will allow me to strengthen the international dimension of my research on human rights and higher education. This is a challenging time for higher education in different parts of the world as institutions grapple with issues of accessibility and inclusion.”
Dr. Tibbitts’ focus includes teaching human rights and in identifying ways to strengthen university practices in non-discrimination, historical accountability, inclusion and diversity, including a gender dimension. This agenda is consistent with Utrecht University’s strategic theme “Institutions for Open Societies”. Prof. Tibbitts anticipates collaborating with higher education institutions and networks in other countries and regions.
Dr. Tibbitts occupies the Carla Atzema-Looman Chair in Human Rights Education, with special attention for Women’s Rights, at the Netherlands Institute of Human Right (SIM) of Utrecht University. This is the very first chair in human rights education in the Netherlands. The chair is endowed by the Stichting Algemeen Fonds van de Unie van de Soroptimistclubs in Nederland, Suriname en de Nederlandse Antillen and is also associated with University College Roosevelt.
Dr. Tibbitts will be delivering the keynote for Education Day at Utrecht University on 7 March, which has ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ as its main theme.