Maren Behrensen, assistant professor in philosophy at BMS, reflects on the ambivalence of Diversity Days and the work that remains to be done when the rainbows come down. ‘I worry that the Diversity Days are more of a branding exercise than a genuine attempt at making the UT a better place,’ writes Maren, who has also been active in the Shaping Expert Group (SEG) Inclusion over the past year.
In order to combat ethnic discrimination and racism, collecting data on the migration background of students and staff may be a ‘necessary evil’. This is a tentative conclusion drawn by The Young Academy based on interviews.
Om discriminatie en racisme te bestrijden is het misschien een 'noodzakelijk kwaad' om data te verzamelen over de afkomst van studenten en medewerkers. Die voorzichtige conclusie trekt de Jonge Akademie op grond van interviews.
Professor Marieke Huisman is stepping down as the chair of the UT Ambassadors’ Network. She is succeeded by two co-chairs, Laura Vargas and Roland van Rijswijk – Deij. This was announced during the Opening of the Academic Year yesterday.
Three international UT students have conducted research into diversity and inclusivity in the workplace in Twente. ‘We wanted to put in the effort, so that people like us have more opportunities in the region.’
Je moet ergens beginnen, vindt de LSVb. Bij de start van het nieuwe studiejaar verspreidt de studentenvakbond tien tips voor docenten om een ‘inclusieve sfeer in het klaslokaal’ te bevorderen.
Better access to campus facilities and increasing the amount of all gender toilets. Those are two examples of action points from the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Action Plan. The plan for 2022-2024 was formally approved by the University Council today.
‘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.
Outgoing Education Minister Van Engelshoven is sticking to her plan to make higher education and research more inclusive. Criticism in the House of Representatives conflicts, in her view, with the demands of Europe in that domain.
Demissionair minister Van Engelshoven houdt vast aan haar plan om het hoger onderwijs en onderzoek ‘inclusiever’ te maken. De kritiek van de Tweede Kamer botst volgens haar met de Europese eisen op dit gebied.