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Workshops 2020

Open Diversity Workshops

The Chief Diversity Officer team invites students and staff to participate in various online diversity workshops. You can sign up for the workshop ‘Diversity 101’ or for the workshop ‘Poetry and writing’.

  • Workshop: Diversity 101

    On Tuesday, 8 December from 14:30-16:00
    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.

    We are counting on your attendance. Please let us know if you will not be able to attend the workshop so we can give others a chance to join. Alternatively, if you can’t make it, you could also recommend that a colleague join in your place.

    Register for the workshop diversity 101

  • Workshop: Poetry and writing

    On Wednesday, 9 December from 10:30-12:00
    Via Zoom, limited space available
    Workshop leaders:Alfrida Martis and 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.

    We are counting on your attendance. Please let us know if you will not be able to attend the workshop so we can give others a chance to join. Alternatively, if you can’t make it, you could also recommend that a colleague join in your place.

    Register for the workshop Poetry and writing

Registration

If you are interested in taking one of the following workshops, please contact the Chief Diversity Officer Team via diversity@uva.nl.

  • Implicit bias and open communication workshop
    • Workshop leaders: Janissa Jacobs and Alfie Martis
    • Employees and student organisations
    • Participants: 15 max.
    • Duration: 2-3 hours in person meeting; or 2 x 1,5 hours via Zoom (COVID regulations)
    • Language: offered in Dutch and English

    Goal

    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. These are custom-made workshops for various entry-levels. Follow-up workshops are strongly advised, as these provide additional room for in-depth engagement.

    Preparation

    One week prior to the workshop participants are required to submit cases/examples of diversity topics they are struggling with (in their personal and/or professional lives). Small implicit bias quiz.

    Programme/Exercises:

    • Genealogy of diversity-related work being done at the UvA.
    • List of statements (stellingen) i.e. “diversity quota is bad for the quality of our university.”
    • Pyramid about different levels of discrimination, i.e. “what’s a micro-aggression?”
    • Reflection and round-table discussion on submitted cases/examples.
  • Diversity and inclusion consultations
    • Workshop leader: Alfie Martis
    • Aimed at: Employees and student organisations that have set up/are setting up diversity-related initiatives, projects and/or policies, who would like to receive personal feedback and advice.
    • Participants: 5 max.
    • Duration: 1-2 hours
    • Language: Offered in English and Dutch

    Goal

    During this consultation session participants are provided with extensive feedback and advice by an educator with many years of practice. This will allow them to improve their new and/or existing diversity-related initiatives.

    Preparation

    Two weeks prior to the consultation participants are required to submit information on their initiatives, projects and/or policies.

    Programme/Exercises

    Personal feedback session and advice on submitted papers.

Strengthening Social Safety and Sexual Violence Prevention Workshops

These workshops are delivered by Stichting Our Bodies Our Voice (OBOV), a partner of the CDO team, and the Good Lad Initiative (GLI). A select number of these workshops are fully funded and available to faculties. For more details on what is available for your faculty, contact the CDO team: diversity@uva.nl

  • Online Student Leadership Training
    • Workshop leader: Stichting Our Bodies Our Voice and Good Lad Initiative
    • For whom: Student / Study Association Board Members
    • Participants: 20 - 30 (2-3 participants per association, 10 associations max)
    • Duration: 4 hours, modules of 2 hours
    • Language: English

    Goals

    We have created this training so that during the spring and summer months, board members of UvA student/study associations can come together to focus on student and member safety and wellbeing for the 2020/21 academic year. The training focuses on creating strong team culture, inclusion and providing supportive, harassment free environments.

    Preparation                     

    Workshop Introduction Package:

    • Membership Survey
    • Group Agreement (ground rules) & Safe Space Principles
    • About Facilitators (biographies)
    • Terminology & More Resources

    Programme/Exercises        

    We will take 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
  • Social Safety: Boundaries, Communication, & Consent Workshop - Introduction Week
  • Boundaries, Communication, & Consent Workshop - In Depth (Regular)
  • Bystander Intervention Workshop
    • Workshop leader: Stichting Our Bodies Our Voice
    • Aimed at: Students (mixed gender)
    • Participants: 10-20
    • Duration: 1.5 hours
    • Language: English

    Goal

    Developing participants’ skills to intervene in a variety of challenging situations and strengthens assertiveness in both personal and external experiences.

    Preparation

    No preparation necessary.

    Programme/Exercises

    • Exploring what bystander intervention means through an intersectional lens.
    • Discussing different methods of intervention in real life scenarios.
    • Providing tools to become an active bystander when faced with potential situations.
    • Providing tools to become an active listener when someone discloses their story of sexual violence.
    • Raising awareness on: sexual violence myths; available help centres
  • Alcohol & Party Culture Workshop
    • Workshop leader: Stichting Our Bodies Our Voice
    • Aimed at: Students (mixed gender)
    • Participants: 10-20
    • Duration: 1.5 hours
    • Language: English

    Goal

    Focuses on the role of university party culture in relation to consent and sexual violence, and how we can improve social safety within our communities. Recognizing the ‘innocent’ components of social behavior, and how this builds into a culture that ignores/encourages sexual violence.

    Preparation

    No preparation necessary.

    Programme/Exercises

    • Exploring problematic behaviour demonstrated at and after university parties or when alcohol/drugs are involved.
    • Analyzing how student culture of hookups, and alcohol in particular, increase this trend of perpetuating toxic cultures in our environment and communities.
    • Discussing different methods of intervention in relative scenarios.
    • Raising awareness on: sexual violence myths; available help centres; active listening skills
  • Active Listening Workshop
    • Workshop leader: Stichting Our Bodies Our Voice
    • Aimed at: Students (mixed gender)
    • Participants: 10-20
    • Duration: 1.5 hours
    • Language: English

    Goal

    Develops participants’ skills in listening to and supporting survivors, and provides self-care tools for one’s own experiences.

    Preparation

    No preparation necessary.

    Programme/Exercises

    • Providing tools to become an active listener when someone discloses their story of sexual violence.
    • Practicing active listening skills in groups with different scenarios
    • Recognising that everyone’s version of help looks different
    • Providing self-care tools
    • Raising awareness on: sexual violence myths; available help centres
  • Allyship Workshop - Version 1
    • Workshop leader: Good Lad Initiative
    • Aimed at: Students who identify as men
    • Participants: 10-20
    • Duration: 1.5 hours
    • Language: English

    Goal

    To engage those who identify as men in open, honest conversations about their roles in sexual violence prevention. Recognize the implications of the group they are a part of power dynamics, and gender equality.

    Preparation

    No preparation necessary.

    Programme/Exercises

    • Introduce, via statistics, people’s voices and stories; realisations that everyone is partly contributing to power dynamics.
    • Taking an emotional step away from defensive positions, helping students realise how to get more involved.
    • Discussions around what constitutes complex situations and how best to act during them.
    • Raising awareness about available help centres.
  • Allyship Workshop - Version 2
    • Workshop leader: Good Lad Initiative
    • Aimed at: Students (mixed gender)
    • Participants: 10-20
    • Duration: 1.5 hours
    • Language: English

    Goal

    To recognise opportunities for students to create safer, more inclusive communities. To develop a set of pragmatic skills for safe and effective action.

    Preparation

    No preparation necessary.

    Programme/Exercises

    • Introduce, via statistics, people’s voices and stories; realisations that everyone is partly contributing to power dynamics.
    • Taking an emotional step away from defensive positions, helping students realise how to get more involved.
    • Discussions around what constitutes complex situations and how best to act during them.
    • Raising awareness about available help centres.
  • Teaching for Inclusion and Social Safety
    • Workshop leader: Good Lad Initiative
    • Aimed at: Employees
    • Participants: 10-15, can be modified for a group up to 30
    • Duration: 3 hours, or modules of 1 hour
    • Language: English

    Goal

    To uncover potential sources of tension and harmful cultures within staff-staff and staff-student interactions, and to prepare teaching staff to be able to prevent and manage difficult teaching, supervising, and classroom situations.

    Preparation

    No preparation necessary.

    Programme/Exercises

    • Providing a framework to explore and understand cultural norms, attitudes, stereotypes and power relations.
    • Discussing management and cultural issues within the department.
    • Exploring pragmatic skills for setting up safe learning environments, managing difficult classroom discussions, supporting students, and turning crisis into moments for learning. 
    • Raising awareness about available help centres.
  • Foundations of Allyship & Inclusion
    • Workshop leader: Good Lad Initiative
    • Aimed at: Employees
    • Participants: 10 - 15, can be modified for a group up to 30
    • Duration: 3 hours, or modules of 1 hour
    • Language: English

    Goal

    Increase sensitivity to unrecognised barriers when creating an inclusive and productive university culture. Develop participants’ ability to be allies for others. Understand how this can be applied to their own work lives.

    Preparation

    Teaching for Inclusion and Social Safety Workshop

    Programme/Exercises

    • Recognising areas of difficulty and vulnerability, explicit and implicit hierarchies and power structures.
    • Pragmatic skills for managing classroom discussions, supporting students, and creating safe and supportive staff rooms.
    • Pragmatic skills for challenging discrimination and unconscious bias and supporting those who face barriers in the workplace.
    • Raising awareness about available help centres, reporting systems and responses to complaints.