ive years ago, we started to work towards a more inclusive and diverse university. This magazine celebrates this festive milestone. More importantly, it celebrates the aim we want to achieve: an inspiring, inclusive academic community for everyone.
Slowly but surely, our goal is coming closer. We are proud of the increasing percentage of female professors, of the second POPcorner for student support, the new networks, and the growing enthusiasm for D&I workshops. There is much to be proud of, but even so we are not yet there. In the years to come, we will increase our efforts to build a truly inclusive community. It is very clear to us why we are doing this. A diverse community will result in more innovative and relevant research and teaching, but only when that community is also inclusive. Only then will students and staff be able to bring out the best in themselves and in one another. Community is key. Inclusion will become a much stronger focal point in all our everyday practices. Not just the faculties, but the central services and expertise centres too, such as HRM and Student Affairs, will join us in making this a primary concern. We will involve more and more people, at all levels of our organisation. The universityâ€™s leadership will take the lead. Most importantly, we will invite the institutes to become more inclusive. This is where research and teaching take place, and it is where exclusion and intimidation are often felt most acutely. Fortunately, some institutes are great examples of how an inclusive community can be created. We have good examples, lots of enthusiasts and plenty of determination. Join us for the next five years!
Professor Hester Bijl Vice-Rector Magnificus Leiden University
Magazine on the Spot about the 2018 Diversity Symposium of Leiden University