Diversity and inclusion have been high on the UvA's agenda for some years and activities have been organised in many different places. But why bother about diversity? The BètaBreak in collaboration with the UvA Diversity team is hosting a discussion panel on this topic. Will not the smartest people end up in science or at the top anyways? Or do we still need to critically assess our culture of inclusion/exclusion and review our policies?
|Date||5 February 2020|
Missing or leaving out on groups of people because of their gender, disabilities, background, sexual orientation or otherwise does not only do injustice and harm to these groups, it also hinders the creativity and potential impact of our joint work in education and research. Evidence shows that science and teamwork benefit from greater diversity and inclusion. Also, discrimination and stereotyped thinking do not only have a cultural cause, but a biological cause as well. It is our brains that divide people into groups and link certain characteristics to it.
We have invited 3 scientists from widely varying backgrounds to talk to us about this intricate, complicated and important topic. Bring your lunch and join us on 5 February at 12:00 in the Central Hall at Science Park!
This BetaBreak is part of the event Faces of Science Park: Diversity and Inclusion in Science
Proponents and opponents discuss a current topic within the natural sciences during the monthly Beta Break. The Beta Break is an initiative of beta students at the UvA, supported by the Faculty of Science, Mathematics and Computer Science. The discussions take place in the central hall of Science Park 904 and are freely accessible to everyone. The working language is English.