On the occasion of Purple Friday, UT President Vinod Subramaniam shared his observations and reflections on diversity and LGBTQI+ inclusivity at universities, at an online breakfast session organized by Workplace Pride this morning. ‘It is a pity that we have only one day dedicated to this, when it should be done every day.’
‘Th!ink with Pride’, platform for LGBTIQ+ employees at the UT, was founded one and half years ago. Although it now has only one official member, timetabling officer Alex Jonkhart, he is proud of what the initiative has achieved so far. ‘I feel colleagues appreciate it, that it helps to create environment where they feel at home.’
Lisa Waldera (25) is a master’s student Communication Studies from Bremen, Germany. For three years now, she’s been living on campus. Next to her study, she regularly visits the cinema and enjoys concerts of all music genres. Every other week she writes about her life at the University of Twente.
‘The acceptance of the LGBTIQ+ community is by no means a matter of fact', says Alex Jonkhart, UT'er and initiator of Th!ink with Pride. That is why the UT - together with Saxion and the ROC of Twente - will sign a declaration on 6 October in which they guarantee an inclusive and safe environment for the LGBTIQ+ community.
‘De acceptatie van de lhbti-gemeenschap is zeker geen gegeven’, stelt Alex Jonkhart, UT’er en initiatiefnemer van Th!ink with Pride. Daarom ondertekent de UT - samen met Saxion en het ROC van Twente - op 6 oktober een verklaring waarin ze een inclusieve en veilige omgeving voor de lhbti-gemeenschap garanderen.
The UT will have its own informal platform called ‘Th!ink with Pride’ for the LGBTIQ+ community, aimed at employees. The goal is to have periodical get-togethers. The first ‘Pride’ meeting will take place on the National Coming-Out Day on the 11th of October in the Ravelijn.