Diversity Symposium 2014: ‘Excellence through diversity’

What contribution can diversity and inclusiveness make to research and education, and to the University as an organisation? Leiden University administrators, staff and students will discuss this issue on 11 November 2014. There will be inspiring speakers from home and abroad, a dinner and workshops. The winner of the Van Bergen Prize will also be announced. You are very welcome to attend!

Three parts

The programme for 11 November runs from 14.00 hrs. to 21.00 hrs. and consists of three parts:

  • Afternoon session, aimed towards staff, but also open to students.

  • Dinner and the awards ceremony for the Van Bergen Prize for diversity for students and staff. (You have until 23 October to send in your plan).

  • Evening programme, aimed at students, but staff can also participate.


Vice-Rector Magnificus Simone Buitendijk

Vice-Rector Magnificus Simone Buitendijk

The afternoon programme is mainly aimed at staff, but students are also welcome.The previous winners will give a brief talk on the progress of their initiatives. Ton van Haaften, Jury

14.00 hrs:  Professor Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Rector Magnificus of Leiden University, will open the symposium. 

14.10 hrs:  Diversity is Business:  Why IBM has adopted Diversity as a core value, by Harry van Dorenmalen, MSc

Harry van Dorenmalen, Country General Manager IBM Netherlands and Chairman IBM Europe, will speak on the reasons behind IBM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. 'IBM‘s enduring commitment to diversity is one of the reasons we can credibly say that IBM is one of the world‘s leading globally integrated enterprises. We also understand that diversity goes beyond fair hiring practices and protection for all employees. It also includes a focus on how those disparate pieces fit together to create an innovative, integrated whole. We call this approach ‘inclusion".'

14.50 hrs: Excellence in Diversity& Inclusion: a Strategic Case Study - Harvard University, by Dr Lisa Coleman, Chief Diversity Officer at Harvard University

Lisa Coleman is also Special Assistant to the President of Harvard. She is responsible for developing a strategic approach for Harvard’s diversity policy and for promoting programmes and platforms supporting diversity.

15.25 hrs:  Break

15.45 hrs: Dr Isabel Hoving, Leiden University’s Diversity Officer, will present the ‘Diversity and Inclusivity Work Plan for 2014–2016’, that the University will be implementing over the coming years, together with the faculties.

16.15 hrs: Discussion

16.45 hrs: Closure of the sympopsium by Professor Simone Buitendijk

16.55 hrs: Drinks in the Faculty Club ('Magazine on the spot')

17.30 hrs: Presentation of the Van Bergen Award in the Faculty Club

The previous winners will give a brief update on how their initiatives are progressing. Professor Ton van Haaften, chairman of the jury, will then announce the winner of the 2014 award.

18.00 hrs:  Network dinner in the Faculty Club ('Magazine on the spot')

Dinner programme

The Van Bergen Foundation was set up by Joris van Bergen, a former member of Leiden University’s Executive Board.

The Van Bergen Foundation was set up by Joris van Bergen, a former member of Leiden University’s Executive Board.

19.20 hrs: Workshops

  • Diversity and Identity (English)

  • Diversity and Identity (Dutch)

  • Study performance: students and experts (Dutch)

  • Grassroots Diversity action by LU Pride (English)

  • Networking in the international environment (English)

Information on the workshops

Practical information

The symposium will take place in Leiden University’s Academy Building at Rapenburg 73 in Leiden.

Unfortunately it is not possible to register anymore. You can register for a waiting list for places that become available at the last minute

More information
If you have any questions about the symposium, Mirella Imthorn of the Events Department will be happy to answer them. You can reach her via either mmh.imthorn@bb.leidenuniv.nl or 071 527 31 35.

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Last Modified: 06-11-2014