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Diversity Day: being yourself works!

When:Tu 05-10-2021
Where:Online

On Diversity Day on 5 October, we will be organizing various online sessions for UG students and staff to draw attention to diversity. Will you join us? This way, we are taking a step in the right direction together, appreciating and utilizing everyone's unique talents. Sign up before 27 September!

Only when you are completely yourself, you can use your talents optimally. Not just at work or in your studies, but everywhere and always. If there is room for the other, everyone can make a unique contribution. Together we form a strong whole.

Online programme

9.00 - 10.30 a.m.
Active Bystander workshop: How to challenge inappropriate behaviour? by Marloes Siccama hosted by YoungRUG (NL)
9.15 - 09.45 a.m.
Kick off Diversity Day by SER Diversiteit in Bedrijf (NL)
10.00 - 10.45 a.m.
Cultivating an inclusive work environment for "invisible" minority groups by Julian Rengers (EN)
11.00 - 11.45 a.m.
Design for Diversity: Universal Design for Learning as an inclusive educational framework by Sietske Vissers, consultant inclusive education Student Service Centre (EN)
11.00 - 12.30 a.m.
Active Bystander workshop: How to challenge inappropriate behaviour? by Marloes Siccama hosted by YoungRUG (EN)
12.00 - 12.45 p.m.
"Teach me better": Building awareness of  inclusion and diversity in university courses and bridging the students' and teachers' perspective by Liga Klavina and Oksana Kavatsyuk, Teaching Academy Groningen (EN)

Programme description

9.00 - 10.30 a.m. Active Bystander workshop: How to challenge inappropriate behaviour? (Dutch) by Marloes Siccama hosted by YoungRUG
11.00 - 12.30 a.m. Active Bystander workshop: How to challenge inappropriate behaviour? (English) by Marloes Siccama hosted by YoungRUG

Imagine witnessing unacceptable behaviour. For example: bullying, (sexual) harassment, belittling, discrimination etc. In situations like that, it can be pretty hard to be the one to speak up. You might be afraid, you might not want to be the first to speak, or maybe you think others will say you are overreacting.
How can you keep yourself from freezing, looking away? What is it you can do, when doing nothing is not an option? How to challenge inappropriate behaviours? How to become an active bystander? This is what you will learn in this workshop!

9.15 - 9.45 a.m. Kick off Diversity Day by SER Diversiteit in Bedrijf
Diversity Day will be kicked off nationally with a livestream! Get motivated during this event to get the most out of this festive day. After this you can participate in the UG session(s) with fresh energy. Register via the SER Diversiteit in Bedrijf website to participate in this meeting!

10.00 - 10.45 a.m. Cultivating an inclusive work environment for "invisible" minority groups by Julian Rengers
Employees working with a concealable stigmatized identity, including but not limited to mental disorders, substance abuse, and sexual orientation, oftentimes face decisions about sharing this identity with others at work. A crucial element that can facilitate such decisions is the extent to which the work environment is perceived to be inclusive and supportive. Building on my own research with lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers, I will share some insights as to how we can cultivate an inclusive work environment for all, wherein everyone feels valued and encouraged to bring their true selves to work.

11.00 - 11.45 a.m. Design for Diversity: Universal Design for Learning as an inclusive educational framework by Sietske Vissers, consultant inclusive education Student Service Centre
In this workshop you will come away with the principles and practice of 'Universal Design for Learning', as an inclusive educational design method. Co-hosts will be two differently-abled RUG-students, who will share their experiences and needs in learning and education. For active participation, please bring a course plan, an instruction plan or the learning outcomes of your lesson.

12.00 - 12.45 p.m. "Teach me better": Building awareness of  inclusion and diversity in university courses and bridging the students' and teachers' perspective by Liga Klavina and Oksana Kavatsyuk , Teaching Academy Groningen
In this workshop we will explore efforts that teachers can take to foster inclusivity in their classes, focusing especially on easy to implement practices to become aware of biases and to avoid microaggressions in the classroom. The results of a project led by Oksana Kavatsyuk, awarded with a Comenius teaching fellowship, will be presented, including a set of concrete, evidence-based practices on how to teach a gender-inclusive course. These principles can be easily generalized also to other contexts of diversity. As part of the project students actively participated in designing these practices, and  during the session we aim to work towards a common ground for students and teachers with regard to inclusive teaching.

Contact
diversity rug.nl

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