All Inclusive: UG lustrum 2019
The theme of the 405th anniversary is ‘All Inclusive’. It is now 100 years since universal suffrage was introduced, but subjects such as diversity, inclusiveness and equality are still as topical as ever. In the words of the American expert on inclusiveness Verna Myers:
‘Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance’.
Inclusiveness is the direct result of diversity; and diversity is abundant within the University of Groningen. Diversity of sex, sexual orientation, age, opportunities and challenges, ethnicity, language, nationality, religion, social economic status or otherwise. In organising the lustrum, respect, acceptation and celebrating these properties in every person are pivotal.
We use the epithet 'All inclusive' because we realise that inclusiveness is not a logical consequence of diversity, but something we should keep striving for, something to be actively propagated. Especially in the scientific parts of the lustrum programme, inclusiveness will therefore always be an important starting point.
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