Shaping Expert Group Inclusion

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Equal opportunities to develop to the full potential

Our goal is to contribute to the creation of a safe learning and working environment where everybody can feel at home and has equal opportunities to develop their full potential at the University of Twente.


We aim to foster an open-minded and inspiring community, by building a strong inclusive culture at our university. We want to create common ground and proud collective ownership, strengthening the capacity of the University of Twente, developing solutions for those who need support and creating a platform that facilitates dialogue by addressing people’s needs in a respectful, safe and inclusive way.

“We want to create a safe environment at our university where everybody can feel at home and has equal opportunities to flourish.”
Laura Vargas, Shaping Expert Group Lead


Putting ‘people first’ means that we want to create a community which is committed to make everybody feel included, at home, supported, valued and accepted and where people can reach their full potential. Thereby, contributing to an unprejudiced society with equal opportunities for all.


A first step towards an inclusive community is to create cultural awareness, to initiate dialogue on inclusion, and to arouse the curiosity of our peers to get to know each other and approach one another with an open mind. This awareness is required to enable us to determine which barriers need to be removed in order to create an inclusive university. We can only do this together, by connecting existing initiatives, creating new ones and encouraging collective ownership in order to achieve a truly inclusive culture.


The Shaping Expert Group Inclusion is established to connect initiatives and share knowledge within our organisation. We want to be a platform where ideas are brought together, supporting both existing and new projects.


We would like to empower people within the varied environment of the University of Twente by respecting and appreciating what makes them different in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education or nationality. But diversity is different than inclusion. As diversity advocate Verna Myers puts it, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance”. Within the Shaping Expert Group Inclusion we focus on a broad range of topics.


Are you passionate about Inclusion and do you have any ideas, questions or suggestions? Then send us an e-mail and let's see how we can support each other.