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Diversity Day 2020: Open Diversity Workshops

Open to all UvA students and staff in the week of October 5th -9th 2020 

The Chief Diversity Officer team invites students and staff to participate in various online diversity workshops, organised in the week around Diversity Day on 6 October 2020. You can sign up for the workshop ‘Diversity 101’ or for the workshop ‘Poetry and writing’.

Diversity Day

The coronavirus is having a major impact on students and staff. We are in a difficult period where structural inequalities are worsened and made more visible, so actions that will lead to togetherness and connection are more important than ever. The motto for this year’s Diversity Day 2020 on 6 October is: 'Being yourself works.'

Diversity Day is always held on the first Tuesday in October and in the Netherlands this initiative is organised by the organisation Diversiteit in Bedrijf in collaboration with many companies, municipalities and governmental institutions.  This year, Diversity Day calls for flexibility and even more creativity as we find ourselves in predominantly online learning environments.

Therefore, in the week of 5-9 October 2020, the UvA's Chief Diversity Officer team will organise a week with various online workshops open to all UvA students and staff. We will be organising more open workshops online in the academic year 2020-2021.

Workshop: Diversity 101

  • On Tuesday, 6 October from 14:30-16:00 and Wednesday, 7 October from 10:30-12:00
  • Via Zoom, limited space available
  • Workshop leaders: Alfrida Martis and Janissa Jacobs
  • Language: English

About the workshop Diversity 101

An introductory training on diversity, inclusion and intersectionality. Participants are introduced to various diversity topics, frameworks and theory, so they gain basic knowledge in order to be able to talk more knowledgably about diversity. Themes that are covered include implicit bias, good practices, resource-sharing, allyship, power dynamics and diversity literacy.


Registration is now closed because the workshop is full. 

Workshop: Poetry and writing

  • On Monday, 5 October from 14:30-16:00 and Friday, 9 October from 10:30-12:00
  • Via Zoom, limited space available
  • Workshop leaders: Alfrida Martis  en Janissa Jacobs
  • Language: English

About the workshop Poetry and writing

A workshop on poetry for diversity and inclusion. Participants are encouraged to use poetry and creative writing as an outlet to comment on racism and discrimination and as a source of healing. There are no rules in creative writing, so this workshop is about sharing stories and expressing your voice.


Registration is now closed

Workshop: Student Leadership Training by Our Bodies Our Voice and Good Lad Initiative

  • On Wednesday, 7 October from 13:00-17:30 (30 minute half-way break)
  • Via Zoom, limited space available (max. 15 attendees)
  • For student / study associations (2-3 representatives per association)
  • Workshop leaders:  Gabriella Thompson (Our Bodies Our Voice, OBOV) and Daniel Guinness (Good Lad Initiative, GLI)
  • Language: English

About the workshop

The OBOV x GLI Online Student Leadership Training was designed to empower student leaders to understand their roles in creating inclusive and safe cultures in their associations. The training enables board members of student/study associations to come together to focus on student and member safety and wellbeing for the 2020/2021 academic year. The content focuses on creating strong team culture, inclusion and providing supportive, harassment free environments. We’ve translated our interactive, reflective workshops into an online format through creative activities and small group facilitated discussions. We will take your student leaders through modular learning that will enable them to reflect upon and create action plans around:

  • Boundaries & Communication
  • Consent Culture
  • Support & Report
  • Inclusion & Belonging
  • Bystander Intervention

Registration is now closed