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LU Conference – Diversity and inclusiveness

13th November 2018 @ 13:00 - 21:00

Why community is key

Leiden University believes it is important that all staff and students feel welcome and at home in the academic community. Only then can everyone work to their full capacity and get the best out of themselves. Diversity has many facets: ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, health, religion, age and socio-economic background are just some of them. Leiden University wants to offer an environment in which everyone feels at home and is accepted, and with which they can identify.

Each year, with the help of many people, our university is getting closer to being a place where all experiences can be shared, and where open-mindedness and innovation thrive. This raises a number of questions: Are we in fact on the right path? How do you together create an academic community in which diversity and inclusiveness are safeguarded? What should such a community look like, how can you as a member of staff or a student contribute to this community, and what obstacles might you come across? These are the themes of the annual diversity symposium to be held this year.

This year’s symposium will offer lots of opportunities to talk about what our community should look like, and how we can create it together. The programme will be kicked off by two veterans who will share their views on the benefits of an inclusive community, and on the best ways to build one: Dutch former politician and writer Dr Jan Terlouw, and Dr Barbara Love (USA), who has coached many universities and other organisations to become more inclusive.


Date: 13 November 2018


Address: Stadsgehoorzaal, Breestraat 60 2311 CS Leiden

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13th November 2018
13:00 - 21:00