‘Autism is not a burden. There are beautiful things connected to it as well.’ In honor of the Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, UT student Abigail Groenenboom (25) shares what it’s like to be on the spectrum and how the university could better support autistics. ‘If everyone knew that autism is just a different neurotype, it would take some of the pain away.’
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.’
Identifying barriers and developing equal opportunities for students and employees. That is the main goal of the ‘Feeling at Home @ UT’ initiative by the Shaping Expert Group Inclusion, starting this week. ‘This is not intended to be therapy.’
Running a new Hypatia Chair campaign, exploring possibilities to attract female students and conducting an internal soft audit. These are some of the actions outlined in the new Gender Equality Plan (GEP) from the University of Twente.
The University of Twente has signed the UN Declaration of Intent, committing to being an inclusive and accessible institute for students with a disability. The official signing by UT vice-president Machteld Roos took place today in Ravelijn.
The UT has its first diversity and inclusion action plan in place. The overarching goal: to create a safe university where everyone feels welcome. First steps to reaching that goal include a diversity and inclusion week, setting up an anti-discrimination statement and more focus on the theme during the Kick-In. D&I officer Sterre Mkatini explains about the action plan.