October is once again Diversity Month at UU, when you can take part in various events. In recent years, researchers and policy staff have put time and energy into themes such as 'what can we do in student recruitment to encourage diversity?' and 'how do you develop a more inclusive curriculum as a teacher?' Besides an informative symposium on October 5th, from the student survey- Belonging @ UU-, a demonstration on a newly developed Dashboard will be given.
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On this day, an interview with the former and current Diversity Dean will be launched, as well as a new version of the Dilemma Game.
On Wednesday October 4th, from 12.00 to 13.30, we will organise a Kom-erbij-lunch to bring employees (and students) in the Utrecht Science Park closer together. Will you come too? And will you bring someone along? Meeting each other and making new contacts are central. Because tackling loneliness starts with getting in touch.
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.
In the morning, the rainbow flag will be raised with the diversity network Anteros. Activities may also take place with the HU.
A new thematic meeting of Network USP Inclusive is scheduled on 12 October from 15.00-16.30. This time with the theme 'Blinded by prejudice?' From scientific and practical perspectives, we will zoom in on why people with (employment) disabilities are or are not hired. It promises to be an inspiring meeting!
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Have you ever experienced that international students seemed to be struggling in your course? Have your students ever noticed that your reading list is one-sided and represents only one perspective? Have you ever experienced dilemmas related to inclusive education? In this workshop, together with Jeroen Janssen you will explore some of these dilemmas. We collected these dilemmas during the USO project Developing an Inclusive Curriculum and Learning Environment. After exploring these dilemmas, we will discuss how two tools developed during the project, the reflection tool and the inclusive teaching toolbox, can help you create an inclusive curriculum and learning environment for your students.
This workshop will take place on 24 October from 10.00 to 11.30, in room 116 in the Ruppert Building.
Join us for a significant milestone in our journey towards diversity and inclusion at Utrecht University! Be part of the launch and demonstration of the brand-new Belonging@UU student survey dashboard. Discover together with Dr. Gonul Dilaver how we're measuring students' sense of belonging and paving the way for an inclusive learning environment. Mark your calendar for October 26th, between 12:00 and 14:00 at Van Lier and Eggink Hall in the Administration Building with lunch. Let's shape a university where everyone belongs, is valued, and thrives together!
At the Diversity Dinner Dialogues (DDD), you can have a bite to eat completely free of charge - as long as you want to join the conversation about diversity and inclusion. The third Diversity Dinner Dialogue (DDD) will take place on 26 October in the Academy Building, with accessibility (material and symbolic) and first-generation students as the opening theme. Twenty seats are available at the table. Everyone associated with Utrecht University, whether you are UP or student, is welcome.
Incluusion, the refugee program of UU, is organizing an inspiring event at the Botanical Gardens. The event includes a dinner (from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM) and is intended for status holders who have completed a traineeship at UU, supervisors, and representatives from organizations outside of the UU. The event provides an opportunity for networking and exchanging experiences related to the Incluusion Traineeship. Do you have a relevant network for status holders who are just starting their journey in the Dutch job market? Check if there is still availability by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.