YOUR THOUGHTS ON INCLUSIVITY What does inclusivity mean to you? And what can Leiden University do to foster a more inclusive and diverse academic environment? Participants of the Diversity Symposium 2018 share their thoughts.
Promote and facilitate
‘As a university, we have achieved a lot, but sometimes I do feel kind of excluded as a Chinese person. That is why I keep going to symposia and activities like these; to increase the amount of Asian people present. I want to communicate and interact with other people and tell them that we are also part of this community. We root for this community as well.’
‘Leiden University can allow for structures that will promote and facilitate diversity, and support student initiatives about new ideas for communities. At the same time, I’d ask the teachers, lecturers and professors to lead the way in creating an inclusive space in lectures and work groups. If they would have more time to prepare, they could look outside the existing narratives and come up with new ones that normalise diversity and inclusivity.’
Quanxiao Liu, Institute of Biology PhD candidate, Leiden University
Sanne-Louise de Bruin, International Studies student, Leiden University
Magazine on the Spot about the 2018 Diversity Symposium of Leiden University