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, equity & 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 (e.g. LGBTQI+), physical abilities, learning styles, and specific talents.
UT's dIVERSITY, eQUITY & Inclusion Team
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Team and all the committed individuals, teams and networks are here to support, raise awareness, guide and inspire. We are prepared and equipped to start tough conversations on challenging matters. We are here to listen, to act and to enable all of us to bring out the best in ourselves.
Get in touch with the members of DE&I Team or visit UT's website on DE&I.
To connect all the bottom-up and top-down initiatives of our community and share knowledge regarding inclusion and diversity, the Shaping Expert Group (SEG) Inclusion is established. The SEG is an internal community-driven platform where ideas are brought together and where existing and new projects meant for and set up by our community are being supported. The SEG Inclusion is led by Laura Vargas (see her contact details below).
- 8 Mar, 2022International Women's Day 2022 at UT | #BreakTheBias
International Women's Day is celebrated every year on 8 March. This year again, we will be celebrating this day with attention. For UT, International Women's Day is an opportunity to put our female students and staff in the spotlights, to encourage them to keep going and, importantly, to recognise and reflect on the challenges and difficulties women - and all those who identify their gender as female - encounter when studying and working in academia.
- 30 Nov, 2021UT publishes first Gender Equality Plan
We are glad to announce that today, UT’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Team published our Gender Equality Plan (GEP). As of January 2022, all academics working at a European university and applying for grants under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme must be able to prove their institution has set up a GEP. This first version of the GEP is a valuable opportunity for us to consider all we have done, are currently working on and can and should additionally work on to advance gender equality (i.e. proper representation of women) in research and innovation projects.
- 15 Oct, 2021This was our first Diversity Week!
You hardly could have missed it: last week was Diversity Week at UT. It was an action packed week. The primary purpose of this week and the programme offered was to raise awareness. What do you think about diversity? When do you feel at home and safe at UT, and when do you feel that you are being seen, heard, valued and respected? Can you fully express yourself and can you freely say what is important to you? Or do you - intentionally or unconsciously - still face prejudices or beliefs coming from yourself or other people, hindering you to be your authentic self and do what you want to do and are capable of?
- 7 Oct, 2021UT signs UN Declaration of Intent for studying with a disability
On Thursday 7 October, Machteld Roos signed the declaration of intent for the UN Treaty on behalf of the Executive Board of the University of Twente. With this signature, the university promises to create an inclusive learning environment in which every student can take part in education and feel welcome.
- 24 Sep, 2021Our first Diversity Week starts on 4 October 2021!
From 4 till 8 October UT will fully dedicate itself to the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. On Tuesday 5 October the Netherlands will be celebrating National Diversity Day. On this day companies and institutions are encouraged to organise activities to create awareness about diversity and inclusion. UT will also be actively participating by organising activities for and with employees and students on this day – and throughout the week. You are cordially invited to join!
- 19 Apr, 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 Feb, 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 Jan, 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 Jan, 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 Dec, 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 Dec, 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 Dec, 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 Dec, 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 Dec, 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 Oct, 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)