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How inclusion makes diversity work

  • Estela Mara Bensimon and Peter Slort
Wednesday 22 November 2017
Marktsteeg 1
2312 CS Leiden

During this symposium we will exchange views, enrich ourselves with new ideas, discover our unconscious biases, celebrate what we have done so far and formulate a new agenda on diversity and inclusion. Our keynote speakers are Professor Estela Mara Benison (University of Southern California) and Peter Slort (Dutch National Police). There will be practical and interactive workshops, we will enjoy drinks and food from Afghanistan, and together we will work on an environment which is stimulating and inspiring for all, because if you work on inclusion, diversity will lead to a great, innovative workplace for all.

Afternoon programme

12:30 - 13:00 | Registration, coffee & tea

13:00 - 13:15 | Welcome and introduction
By Prof. Hester Bijl, Vice-Rector Magnificus

Moderator: Dr Hannie te Grotenhuis

13:15 - 14:00 | Keynote speech
By Professor Estela Mara Bensimon,  (University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education, Director of the Center of Urban Education). Professor Estela M. Bensimon has received numerous awards for her work in promoting equity in higher education, with a specific focus on students of  colour. Her approach to equity, organisational learning, and change is inspiring many U.S. universities, and will doubtlessly inform and inspire our university too.

14:00 - 14:45 | Keynote  speech
By Peter Slort, responsible for diversity at the  Dutch National  Police  and director of  the programme “De Kracht van het Verschil” (The Power of Difference). This programme  is intended as a move towards a sustainable cultural change  of the police organisation  including developing an inclusive  work  culture and more variety in the police teams.  The programme is already  proving successful. What is the approach that led to this success and what can we learn from it?

14:45 - 15:05 | Break

15:05 - 15:15 | Interview  ‘Diversity, Where Do We Stand?’
Dr Isabel Hoving, Diversity Officer Leiden University

15:15 - 15:45 | Video stream
A video stream will present  teachers, students  and employees who comment on diversity and inclusion at Leiden University: What we liked in 2017, what we need, and what we hope for in 2018. A panel with faculty deans  and managers will respond: Our plans for 2018

15:45 - 17:15 | Workshops ‘What Can We Do? How To Promote Inclusion!’

  • Recognising and Dealing with Micro-Aggressions (Joan de Windt)

  • Crash Course What is Gender? What Is Sexuality? (Looi van Kessel)

  • Teachers’ Tales: On the Road Towards Inclusive Teaching  (Harriët Sjerps & Isabel Hoving)

  • Discover your Bias and Create More Inclusive Selection Procedures (Annemarie van Iren) (in Dutch)

  • Diversity Market with initiatives, books and films

17:15 - 17:30 | Launch Women’s Network SOPHIA

17:30 - 18:15 | Presentation of the Van Bergen Prize with drinks
More than 2,000 students at Leiden University come from abroad, and over 110 different nationalities are represented in Leiden and The Hague. The annual Van Bergen Prize aims to encourage ideas that will promote the integration of Dutch and international students.

Evening programme

18:15 - 19:00 | Afghan Buffet

19:00 - 20:30 | Workshops

  • Towards Inclusive Leadership For Tomorrow’s Leaders (Ahmed Larouz)
  • Pink Elephant in the Room (LU Pride)
  • Recognising and Dealing With Micro-Aggressions (Joan de Windt)

Descriptions of the workshops

Micro-aggressions are everyday occurrences of subtle forms of sexism and racism. Subtle insults or belittlements that are often not meant to wound or belittle. They can happen not only to women and black people but to everyone who does not belong to the majority or the norm. In this workshop you will learn about the various forms of micro-aggressions and their effects,  how to recognise them and how to deal with them in such a way that we not only gain more self-respect and maintain our health, but help ourselves and the people around us to become more aware of the effects of their words,  and thus more enlightened in the art of living together harmoniously.

Joan de Windt is the author of the book  ‘WEG met mental slavery’, a self-help book for the descendants of the African men and women who were forced into slavery during the period of transatlantic slavery.

Gender-neutral fashion in the HEMA chain, gender-neutral bathrooms; hash tag #MeToo against sexual harassment; the Leiden University Academy Building sporting the rainblow flag on Coming Out  Day--gender and sexuality keep popping up at the centre of public debate. Why does the University consider it its task to address these issues too, and develop policies in the field? Why do some teachers see the need to address them in their regular courses? Wouldn’t we do better by approaching gender and sexuality as strictly personal?

In this workshop we will tackle these questions by asking some fundamental questions. What do we mean by gender? How many genders are there? Where is our gender? How is gender related to sexuality, ethnicity, religion, health? Join the crash course and learn why gender and sexuality are intrinsic to almost everything we do—and why understanding their role in our teaching, research and administrative practices will help us to create a more inclusive University.

Looi van Kessel  is PhD researcher at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) , Faculty of Humanities.

You know a good university by its diversity and inclusiveness. But an inclusive classroom does not come into being spontaneously. So, how does it emerge? ICLON and the diversity office went to ask the professionals—the teachers themselves. Eleven teachers from different departments at Leiden University were interviewed about the different ways in which they develop an inclusive teaching style. The result is an enlightening and stimulating booklet, to be presented during the workshop. In the workshop, after the presentation, teachers and students will be invited to enter the debate: are you, students, happy with these teaching approaches? Do you, other teachers, feel that these examples can indeed help you to create an inclusive classroom? Do the teachers in the booklet really address the most urgent issues at stake in the diverse classroom, or would you propose other approaches?

Harriët Sjerps is Educational Adviser at the Graduate School of Teaching at Leiden University and Higher Education Development.
Isabel Hoving is the Diversity Officer of Leiden University and  Associate Professor at the Department of Film and Literary Studies at the Faculty of Humanities. 

This workshop is in Dutch

Everyday biases are unconscious drivers that influence how we see the world. Biases are the invisible air we walk through, exerting their influence outside of conscious awareness, adaptive mechanisms evolved to help us make quick ,efficient judgments and decisions with minimal cognitive effort. Bias can impact every decision we make. However, it can also blind us when evaluating people. In this workshop you will discover  the impact of bias on selection and evaluation processes. It will  provide you with practical tools for addressing and minimising bias, and help you work towards inclusive selection procedures.

Annemarie van Iren is Senior Consultant, Trainer and Coach for managers at the top of profit and  non-profit organisations and an expert in cultural change, leadership and diversity.

If you would like to hear more about initiatives and active groups in Leiden University you can visit the Diversity Market and meet colleagues there.,. It’s also an opportunity to enrich your knowledge by visiting  a stand with informative books and videos on diversity and inclusion.

Inclusive leadership and diversity are not 'target group issues' or new hypes; they are proven success factors in organisations. Inclusive leaders understand that in order to be successful, individuals must be willing to share their unique and diverse perspectives and experiences. An inclusive leader goes beyond advocating the benefits of diversity. He or she has a vision of diversity and recognises possible misunderstandings and inconveniences that can be caused by diversity, and they know how to handle the issues and make them debatable.

In this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of what critical traits contribute to inclusive leadership and cultivate sustainable solutions for harnessing this aspect of leadership on a routine basis. They will also be provided with the do's and don'ts on how to reach out to a diverse group (intercultural communication).

Ahmed Larouz is an author, social innovator,entrepreneur and the founder of Bridgizz, a communication, marketing and global branding agency based in Amsterdam with a satellite office in Casablanca.

Issues on same-sex marriage, recognition of transgender and non-binary gender identities are becoming part of the conversation on equality. The world of LGBTQ+ representation within mainstream media, predominantly cisgender white gay men, is realising the need for more diverse and inclusive LGBTQ+ portrayal within popular culture. With such topics in need of recognition, why do we ignore them during LGBTQ+ conversations? The negative stigmas we continue to perpetuate against our own community are destructive to both how society views us, as well as how we view ourselves. This workshop will focus on racism within the LGBTQ+ community, fat shaming and the toxicity of masculinity and the gay beauty myth, and will at the same time pay attention to the themes of representation, inclusion and intersectionality. Are you ready to talk about the [pink] elephant in the room? 

Leiden University Pride is a non-profit organisation representing LGBTQ + students, employees, alumni and friends of Leiden University in the Netherlands, and is the organiser of LU Pride Peer Support Sessions.

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