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Diversity in Education

Leeuwarden Summer School on Cultural & Linguistic Diversity
UPDATE: The Leeuwarden Summer School on Diversity in Education will be organized online this year.
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This interdisciplinary, week-long course is meant for anyone – students, teachers, policy makers – with an interest in diversity in education. Our focus is on cultural and linguistic diversity in education, both in theory and as an empirical reality, and both in formal and informal education.

Throughout lectures, roundtables, presentations and workshops, an international roster of speakers from a variety of fields (such as sociolinguistics, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies) will share their research and insights.

This summer school is inspired by and aims at joining ongoing debates on social cohesion, justice and democratic governance, both in academia and society at large. We aim to establish a dialogue between the academic study of diversity in education, and the daily reality of educators and policy makers who need to manage the increasing cultural and linguistic diversity of today’s schools, universities and other educational settings.

The summer school will offer participants advanced tools for understanding and implementing change in education, combining academic and policy expertise. To accomplishing these goals, experts of different disciplines and fields will work with participants to deepen their knowledge on topics such as:

  • Conceptualising diversity in education: theoretical approaches and recent empirical studies.
  • Educational policy development: how to write and assess policies for diversity and inclusion.
  • Intercultural communication in education: avoiding dissonances in multicultural settings.

The final day will consist of the symposium “Diversity in Education in Times of Crisis”, where a number of speakers will discuss how diversity management in education has been challenged by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit, and other recent crises – and solutions that have been found for these challenges.

Practical information

Dates 27 June - 2 July 2021
Format Online

MA, PhD, Post-docs, Practitioners

Fees online € 125
€ 100 for partners
€ 100 for University of Groningen students
Academic coordinators Dr. Matt Coler, Campus Fryslân
Dr. Flávio Eiró, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Maria Mazzoli, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar, Faculty of Arts



The summer school is designed for those interested in studying diversity in education. It is a Graduate School, and participants can expect high quality academic debates, rooted in empirical research. The school is thus designed for

  1. MA students and PhD students
  2. Early-career researchers
  3. Teachers at all levels of education, educational policy makers, and other professionals with an interest in the topic.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language in order for them to participate actively in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Learning outcomes

The summer school will consist of lectures, workshops, a roundtable and a symposium. There are also several sessions where participants can present their own work.

After this course you will be able to:

  • Assess current debates about the diversity in education
  • Evaluate policies for diversity management in education
  • Appraise recent research on diversity in education
  • Argue for the relevance and feasibility of research projects on diversity in education in a way that testifies of informed critical thinking

Workload & certificate
  • Preparatory reading: 44 hours
  • Contact hours: 40 hours
  • Assignment (optional): 56 hours

During the summer school, participants are offered the opportunity to give a twenty-minute presentation on their own research related to diversity in education (optional). They will receive feedback on their presentation from speakers and peers. The presentation will be acknowledged on the Certificate of Attendance.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the summer school offers a Certificate of Attendance. For participants who want to earn academic credit with the summer school, an additional assignment (including a reading list) will be provided. After successfully completing the assignment, they will receive their Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 140 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.


Confirmed speakers:

  • Janet Fuller - University of Groningen
  • Matt Coler - University of Groningen
  • Joana Duarte - University of Groningen
  • Flávio Eiró - University of Groningen
  • Aurélie Joubert - University of Groningen
  • Maria Mazzoli - University of Groningen
  • Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar - University of Groningen
  • Pomme van de Weerd - University of Groningen
  • Heini Lehtonen - University of Helsinki
  • Rachel Lara van der Merwe - University of Groningen
  • Suzanne Dekker - University of Groningen
  • Carmen Maíz Arévalo- Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Giovanna Fassetta – University of Glasgow
  • Maria Grazia Imperiale – University of Glasgow
  • Marjolein Deunk - University of Groningen
  • Emma Dafouz Milne (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Application procedure

To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please note that you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • CV (max. 2 pages
  • Letter of motivation (1 page) clearly stating your interest in the topic and what you will bring to the school

The deadline for application is 30 April 2021, after which selection will take place. Students will be informed of the outcome shortly after.

This summer course is the first edition of the Leeuwarden Summer School on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity. This annual summer school explores how cultural and linguistic diversity is at the base of social, economic and educational inequalities. We believe that managing diversity through specific policies in different societal domains is a key to a sustainable society, where the well-being of each citizen is valued. Mismanagement of diversity, on the other hand, results in the waste of a large pool of skills, knowledge and human potential, entailing endless social costs for our communities. Staying on top of these challenges requires advanced and interdisciplinary knowledge from the side of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners and we aim to contribute to this with a series of summer schools. Each year, the summer school will focus on a different theme related to cultural and linguistic diversity.

The summer school is organised by staff and students of the following programmes at the University of Groningen:


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