The University of Twente strives to create a safe learning and working environment. An environment where everyone can feel at home and has equal opportunities to develop their full potential. 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.
Improving Diversity & Inclusion
At the UT we are working to improve diversity, inclusion and equity within our community. Diversity of Twente discusses all matters related to diversity within the university. “Dialogical spaces for a diverse university” is one of the 2020 UT’s incentive fund supported initiatives on diversity and inclusion. Its aim is to create a space for the UT community to reflect critically on our research and education systems and practices under the social justice lenses.
The Centre for Digital Inclusion is installed to monitor the policy objective that everyone can benefit from the possibilities of Internet (technology). After all, access to the internet is a precondition for participation now and in an increasingly digital future. To be fully inclusive, we must not forget our classrooms. They should be open for various cultural differences, interdisciplinarity, diverse socio-economic backgrounds, sex-orientation (for ex. LGBT), physical disabilities, learning styles, specific talents, etc.
To connect all these initiatives and share knowledge regarding inclusion and diversity, the Shaping Expert Group (SEG) Inclusion is established. The SEG wants to be a platform where ideas are brought together, supporting both existing and new projects.
- 19 April, 2021Share your proposal for a more inclusive UT!
Do you have an innovative idea for how to strengthen and secure diversity and inclusion amongst the community, including its employees in our organisation? Then the UT Incentive fund is now open for your proposal until 11 June.
- 2 February, 2021UT to get diversity artwork
A diversity artwork, as a counterpart to the existing portraits of former rectors. The work of art should be on show in the Waaier by the end of this year. 'Everyone needs a role model', says initiator Anouk Geenen. (Source: U-Today)
- 26 January, 2021The story of Sterre’s voice of inclusion
Sterre Mkatini wanders the campus as a roving reporter. Well, digitally for now, but the diversity officer is fine with that. More inclusion at the UT? Leave that to this third culture kid. Today Sterre is interviewing Marion Kamp, the experienced Management portfolio holder. She, too, likes giving other people a platform. And the women share another interesting characteristic: ‘When your appearance doesn’t match your inner self, people approach you differently from how you feel.’
- 21 January, 2021‘We need to become aware of injustice’
‘The main goal is to expand our knowledge on issues related to diversity and inclusion,’ say founders of UT initiative ‘Dialogical spaces for a diverse university’. They are organizing eight online sessions, with the first one held today, as well as producing a podcast series focused on diversity and inclusion at the UT. (Source: U-Today)
- 17 December, 2020Diversity at the university: ‘Without hard data we'll never get there’
‘More diversity?’ In academic circles this phrase often still means ‘more women’, says Saskia Bonjour, political scientist and member of The Young Academy. Too little is being done for other target groups. (Source: U-today)
- 15 December, 2020Diversity welcome?
Lisa Waldera (25) is a master’s student Communication Studies from Bremen, Germany. For three years now, she’s been living on campus. Next to her study, she regularly visits the cinema and enjoys concerts of all music genres. Every other week she writes about her life at the University of Twente. (Source: U-Today)
- 10 December, 2020Zeven UT-projecten krijgen geld uit Incentive Fund
Een diversiteitsweek, een diversiteitsworkshop voor eerstejaars Civil Engineering en een anti-racismetraining. Het is een greep uit de zeven gehonoreerde projecten vanuit het Incentive Fund, bedoeld om initiatieven op het gebied van diversiteit en inclusie te ontplooien binnen de UT. (Source: U-Today)
- 3 December, 2020Dutch House votes down diversity plans for higher education
There will be no ‘diversity barometer’ in higher education and research and no ‘diversity police’ patrolling campuses, if the Dutch of House of Representatives has its way. (Source: U-Today)
- 3 December, 2020‘Diversity is the theme of my life’
‘I’m a woman, I’m brown, I’m often the minority,’ says Sterre Mkatini, the new Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the UT. ‘But’, she adds, she is not here to be a poster child for diversity.’ I’m here to work on a more diverse and inclusive environment for everyone.’ (Source: U-Today)
- 5 October, 2020University of Twente, Saxion and ROC of Twente join forces to create an LGBTI+ inclusive community
The LGBTI+ working groups at the University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences and ROC of Twente are working together to ensure that everyone who goes to school in Twente feels included and free to be themselves, out and proud.
- 26 May, 2020UT starts diversity and inclusion office
The UT is planning to set up a central diversity and inclusion office for both students and employees. Starting in September, a diversity officer will be tasked to take the first steps to improve the university’s policy on diversity and inclusion. (Source: U-Today)