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Leiden University’s annual Diversity Symposium

January 22 @ 13:00 - 17:30

From diversity to inclusion: How to make the curriculum and learning environment more inclusive


The symposium will take place on Wednesday January 22nd, 2020, at the Faculty of Social Science.

Many of our teaching programs are attracting a growing diversity of students and staff members of diverse backgrounds, contributing to an increasingly diverse community. The presence of such diversity raises the question of how the university can not only be diverse, but also become an inclusive learning and working environment where all students and staff feel at home, and where everyone has the opportunity to develop their talents.

The curriculum plays an important role here: Do we teach from a singular perspective, or do we engage with diversity of authors and perspectives? Does our teaching reach and engage all of our students? What does it take to incorporate race in discussions of the curriculum, teaching, and diversity and inclusion? How can everyone contribute to a safe and inspiring learning environment for all students and staff members?

We are excited to be able to welcome Kamna Patel (Vice Dean Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, UCL)  and Frank Tuitt (Sr. Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost on Diversity and Inclusion University of Denver) to explore these questions with you. Their talks will be followed by a series of interactive workshops which focus, among others, on implicit bias, inclusive teaching practice, racism and networks of alliances.

The afternoon program (which begins at 13:00 and ends at 17:30) will be followed by the annual award ceremony of the van Bergen Fund and a buffet dinner.


January 22
13:00 - 17:30


Faculty Social Sciences