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Utrecht University
Newsletter Diversity and Inclusion
June 2019
"Help, I can't enter the building!"
Utrecht University thinks that everybody should be able to find their way within the university. The accessibility information on the student and corporate website has been updated and supplemented with descriptions of the facilities (including pictures).

Web-editor and experience expert Govert-Jan Slob has been the driving force behind this major project. In this interview he gives an insight into the stepts that have been taken behind the scenes. Marieke de Bakker, head of the Students Department of Academic Affairs, explains why accessibility is an important theme for Utrecht University and what other measures are being taken.
Read the interview
The latest issue of Pandora was published in May and it has never been more diverse!
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UU professor Daan Scheepers researches the public's reaction to changing gender roles during Lowlands music festival
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Three Utrecht University students are nominated for the ECHO Award and UAF-Award 2019
read more (Dutch)
Utrecht University recently updated its Code of Conduct and Complaints procedure. Together we create a safe social climate in which all employees and students are treated with respect.
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The All Inclusive card game helps employees to start a conversation about (unintentional) exclusion and discrimination. Together with your teammates you discuss situations which can lead to unexpected results and insights.
Read more (intranet)
Supported Study Platform is looking for experiences from students with a disability
Utrecht University strives to be accessible for all students with a disability, such as dyslexia, depression, ADHD, autism and physical disabilities. On behalf of the university board, the Supported Study Platform investigates potential improvements of the university's policies regarding studying with a disability.

Are you a student at Utrecht University and do you have a disability? Please fill out the anonymous survey and help improve the current policies for students with a disability. The survey takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete and you'll have a chance at winning one of the five €25 VVV giftcards!

If you have any questions regarding the survey or the study, please contact the Supported Study Platform via
more information and link to the survey
On 21 June the annual Incluusion symposium takes place. This year's theme is Journeys into Identity - all are welcome!
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On 27 June, the PhD Council of Law, Economics and Governance organizes the symposium Gender in Academia
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On 12 September the Alumni Office and the Dynamics of Youth programme organise a Parent's Evening
read more (dutch)
Graduation ceremonies of the Honours Trajectum Utrecht and the IMC Weekend School
One of the priority areas of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force is social commitment. Utrecht University works together with a number of external initiatives and organizations to ensure equal opportunities. Two milestones were celebrated in April.

On 11 April the second graduation ceremony of the Honours Trajectum took place. The Honours Trajectum offers extracurricular education to second and third grade high school students in the Utrecht region. It aims to strengthen their language skills and offers an insight into studying at Utrecht University. More information about the Honours Trajectum Utrecht can be found here (Dutch).

A couple of days later on 14 April, the graduation ceremony of the IMC Weekend School took place in the Utrecht University Hall (pictured). Utrecht University signed a covenant with the IMC Weekend School last December; read more about it here (Dutch). By cooperating both parties hope to introduce more potential first-generation students from underprivileged backgrounds to academic life.
Diversity and Inclusion Stimulation Fund welcomes applications
The UU Diversity and Inclusion Task Force allocates € 50.000 on a yearly basis to support projects and activities that improve diversity and inclusion among students and employees. The Stimulation Fund has already supported a number of exciting initiatives. Do you have an idea for a project or activity that could use financial support? Take a look at the website for more information regarding the criteria and procedure and submit your application through
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