Diversity & Inclusion Award

Icon Diversity & Inclusion Award

Utrecht University strives towards more diversity and inclusion among its students and employees. There is still much to be achieved, but students and employees have already come up with great initiatives that contribute to an even more diverse and inclusive university. The university thinks that these initiatives deserve attention and appreciation. This is the aim of the annual Diversity & Inclusion Award, which was installed in 2019.

Anyone can nominate students, employees or teams that devote themselves to increasing diversity and inclusion within Utrecht University. Initiatives from all fields are welcomed. Think for example of ethnicity, class, belief, disability, LGBTQ+ and the intersections between these fields.


  • Nominee(s) must has/have undertaken significant effort to improve diversity and inclusion within Utrecht University and maintain this improvement for at least one year;
  • The nomination states what the initiative and/or contribution of the nominee or nominees is and whether or not there are any known results;
  • The nomination must be accompanied by at least two separate reference letters. A reference letter is written by an employee or student from Utrecht University. The content of the letter clarifies why, according to the writer, the nominee(s) has/have earned the Diversity & Inclusion Award. A reference letter is preferably no longer than 1 A4.

When submitting a nomination, please use the Diversity & Inclusion Award 2023 nomination form. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 17 February 2023. The award ceremony will be on 27 March 2023.

The Committee pays special attention to the innovative aspects, continuity and unifying qualities of the nominations. Furthermore, the Committee will assess whether the nominations are in line with the Strategy and Action Plan 2021-2025.

The winner will receive the Diversity & Inclusion Award and a sum of €2,500, which can be used for diversity improvement within Utrecht University.

Winner 2022: Maranke Wieringa

Maranke Wieringa

Winner Maranke Wieringa is one of the founders and driving forces behind the inter-university platform Accessible Academia. The platform draws attention to the obstacles encountered by disabled academics and students at universities and provides a space for discussing these experiences. In addition, Maranke works with the platform to improve the position of disabled staff and students at universities. Maranke was involved in establishing a wheelchair catheter in the University Hall, and has been frequently interviewed on accessible working environment and their own experiences of inclusion at the university and is also active on social media. They are also taking steps to make education more inclusive. Courses have been converted to the Life Long Learning platform, allowing students to work at their own pace, and from a distance. The jury was impressed with Maranke's various activities, despite the obstacles they encounter in their daily work.

Watch the video recording of the award ceremony.

Earlier winners

Diversity & Inclusion Award 2021

The Diversity & Inclusion Award 2021 has been awarded to Louise Autar, lecturer in the departments of Language & Culture Studies, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Gender Studies at Utrecht University. The jury members consider Louise's commitment to diversity and inclusion, in addition to her regular teaching duties, to be special.

EDI Jaaroverzicht 2019-2020: Diversity & Inclusion Award

Diversity & Inclusion Award 2020

The Diversity & Inclusion Award 2020 has been awarded to Young Women of Geoscience ánd Women in Information and Computing Science. The Diversity & Inclusion Award evaluation committee was very impressed by the way in which both networks work to promote gender balance within their departments, faculties and even beyond.

Uitreiking Diversity en Inclusion award 2019

Diversity & Inclusion Award 2019

The Diversity & Inclusion Award 2019 has been presented to Richard Horenberg. As coordinator of the Platform Studying without Limitations, he is committed to students with a disability.