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Advisory groups D&I

The Faculty of Humanities has two advisory groups for Diversty & Inclusion: one for staff members and one for students.

Staff Advisory Group D&I

The Staff Advisory Group D&I was founded in March 2019. Its role consists of promoting diversity and inclusion within the Faculty, advancing equality of opportunity for all. The Advisory Group provides solicited and unsolicited advice to relevant Faculty decision-making bodies and support staff on policy developments related to diversity and inclusion. More recently, the Advisory Group took on the responsibility of selecting recipients for the Holland Scholarship, through which it can support students from underrepresented backgrounds.

The Advisory Group consists of eight to twelve staff members that represent the diversity of our Faculty, who generally meet four times per year. The Advisory Group is led by a Chair and is supported by the Policy Advisor D&I, who acts as the Secretary. Members have appropriate and recognised experience or expertise in diversity and inclusion (e.g., on gender, LGBTQI+, ethnicity, religion, disability).

In the coming period (2021-2022), we will:

  • enhance the visibility of the Sounding Board via Faculty and institute newsletters;
  • further define its tasks and responsibilities by drafting Terms of Reference; and
  • strengthen the ties with the Sounding Board D&I for students by organising a joint session.

Student Advisory Group D&I

The Student Advisory Group D&I was founded in July 2019 with two main objectives:

  • Providing feedback on policy plans developed by the Faculty Board and procedures within the Faculty Bureau, from the perspective of diversity and inclusion; and
  • fulfilling a proactive, signaling role on Faculty issues related to diversity and inclusion.

The Advisory Group consists of eight students, including the POPcorner student assistant who acts as the Chair. Members are appointed for one academic year and represent the diversity of our student population. Meetings are held six to eight times per academic year. The Coordinator D&I projects for students and Policy Advisor D&I may attend meetings as observers. The functioning of the Student Advisory Group D&I is subject to regular review by the Assessor to ensure it is operating effectively and fulfilling its role.

Following a period of inactivity, the Student Advisory Group D&I has recently restarted with the appointment of new members. In 2021-2022, we will:

  • enhance the visibility of the Student Advisory Group by potentially positioning its members as D&I ambassadors;
  • further define its tasks and responsibilities by drafting Terms of Reference; and
  • strengthen the ties with the Staff members Advisory Group D&I by organising a joint session.
  • Nasreen Javanjoo BA Religious Studies Chair
  • Femke Weerdmeester BA Nederlandse taal en cultuur Chair
  • Leonor Albuquerque Amaral MA International Relations
  • Sinan Zhao BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives
  • Paulina Bastián Alvarado MA Media Studies
  • Frederik Thio BA Japanstudies
  • Merel Smit BA Koreastudies
  • Lili van der Schalk BA Japanstudies
  • Maya Martin BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives & BA International Studies
  • Jarra Schroijen BA Geschiedenis
  • Jordy Simonis MA Asian Studies

If you have any questions or suggestions, or if you would like to become a member and/or support the work carried out by the Sounding Board D&I for staff members or students, please send a message to the secretary Aurelie van ‘t Slot via divers-inclusief@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Of course, you are also free to contact one of its members directly.

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