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Diversity Management for Social Justice

Leeuwarden Summer School on Cultural & Linguistic Diversity

Are you interested in making a change in how diverse people access education, public services, wealth and participate in the public debate?

Modern societies host a superdiverse population where social exclusion or marginalization may prevent people's wellbeing and health. For instance, most public administrations make important efforts in implementing policies aimed at teaching the majority language to the newcomers (Dutch, German, or English), but most practitioners know that there is more than that to do to foster social cohesion. In certain schools, the student population is so diverse that dozens of languages from local and migrant minorities are spoken in the schoolyard, to the point that some schools have adopted restrictive policies about language use in class and in the school area. What are the best policies for addressing this diversity?

Diverse group of people

The summer school on Diversity Management for Social Justice will be held in Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), 20-24 June 2022. This interdisciplinary school is meant for graduate students, PhD students, early career researchers and professionals with an interest in diversity management and social justice. We conceive of “social justice” as fairness manifested in society, thus including equal access to wealth, opportunities and privileges in healthcare, education, employment, housing, and more. We define “management” as the actions undertaken to influence or intervene on language and cultural practices in specific environments. The courses we offer include the following:

  • Diversity management and urban policies;
  • Diversity management and policies in (higher) education;
  • Diversity management in the workplace;
  • Diversity management, language planning and indigenous minorities
  • A special session will be devoted to decolonizing research, management practices and policy writing.

Throughout lectures, roundtables and workshops, an international roster of speakers from a variety of fields (sociolinguistics, sociology, anthropology, cultural and media studies) will share their research and insights. During our workshops, several partner organizations and institutes will contribute with their expertise and specific challenges: summer school participants will work together with lecturers using specific case studies to put into practice theoretical tools and try out policy writing.

Practical information

Dates 20 - 24 June 2022
Location Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

MA, PhD, Post-docs, Practitioners
(BA students’ applications are considered if a reference letter is provided)

(exclude accommodation, and include lunches, coffee, one dinner, and excursions)

€ 355
€ 255 (students from partner universities)
€ 205 (students from University of Groningen)


The Organizing Committee will award up to two scholarships (fee waiver) for students from middle and low-income countries. Interested applicants should mention this in their motivation letter.

Academic coordinator

Dr. Maria Mazzoli, Faculty of Arts

Organizing committee

Dr. Seonok Lee, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Aurélie Joubert, Faculty of Arts




The summer school is designed for those interested in diversity management and social justice. 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, policy makers, managers 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 offer participants advanced tools for understanding and implementing change in diversity management. Specifically, after the summer school our students will be able to:

  1. Conceptualise diversity management for social justice, acquiring knowledge of theoretical approaches and recent empirical studies;
  2. Assess and frame specific challenges related to diversity in different environments, such as higher education, urban policy and the workplace;
  3. Write and assess policies for diversity and inclusion;
  4. Devise and implement effective techniques to favour intercultural communication and multicultural management.

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 management (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 lecturers include:

  • Jo Angouri (University of Warwick)
  • Pigga Keskitalo (University of Lapland / University of Helsinki)
  • Jeroen Darquennes (University of Namur)
  • Warda Belabas (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Sepideh Yousefzadeh (University of Groningen)
  • Flávio Eiró (University of Groningen)
  • Lysbeth Jongbloed (Province of Friesland)

Parallel workshops will be offered from:

  • Ajay Parasram (Dalhousie University)
  • Joana Duarte (University of Groningen)
  • Aurélie Joubert (University of Groningen)
  • Maria Mazzoli (University of Groningen)
  • Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar (University of Groningen)
  • Cor van der Meer (Fryske Akademy / Mercator Research Center)
Preliminary course schedule

Topics and lecturers (titles tbc)

  1. Diversity management and urban policies. Warda Belabas (Erasmus University Rotterdam); Maria Mazzoli (University of Groningen).
  2. Diversity management and policies in education. Jeroen Darquennes (University of Namur); Joana Duarte (University of Groningen / NHL Stenden); Aurélie Joubert (University of Groningen); Sepideh Yousefzadeh (University of Groningen).
  3. Diversity management in the workplace. Jo Angouri (University of Warwick); Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar (University of Groningen).
  4. Diversity management, language policy and planning for indigenous minorities. Pigga Keskitalo (University of Lapland / University of Helsinki); Cor van der Meer (Fryske Akademy / Mercator Research Center), Lysbeth Jongbloed (Province of Friesland)
  5. Decolonizing research, management practices and policy writing. Ajay Parasram (Dalhousie University); Flávio Eiró (University of Groningen).

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9.00 - 10.45 Topic 3 Topic 3 Topic 1 Topic 5 Topic 5
11.00 - 12.45 Topic 4 Topic 4 Topic 2 Topic 5 Round table discussion
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14.15 - 16.00 Topic 1 Topic 1 Excursion 14.30 Parallel workshops Participants' presentations
16.15 - 18.00 Topic 2 Topic 2
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 13 June, after which selection will take place. Applicants will be informed within 7 days after the deadline passes.

This summer course is the second 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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