Dr Isabel Hoving Leiden's first Diversity Officer
Dr Isabel Hoving, lecturer and researcher at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, will become Leiden's first Diversity Officer, from 1 January 2014. She will be responsible for co-ordinating diversity-related activities and initiatives.
Hoving is both lecturer and researcher, and her specialist field is Film and Literature Studies. She has many relevant publications to her name, for example in the field of intercultural theory, gender and sexuality. In her role as lecturer, she has experience with a diverse student population and is involved in management and organisation at different levels.
A good diversity policy is essential to good teaching and research. If the university wants to become a leading institution for teaching and research, it has to work actively towards recruiting talented staff and students, stimulating them to perform to their best, and forging a firm bond between them and the university. These aims are the cornerstone of Leiden University's diversity policy.
‘Diversity and inclusivity for staff and students,' according to Vice-Rector Magnificus Simone Buitendijk, ‘will change our university's organisation culture, putting us in a much stronger position internationally and creating excellence in teaching and research.'
In concrete terms the diversity policy is about providing better supervision for regular students from a non-Western background and students with a functional disability, and promoting women to more senior positions. Everyone has to be given the opportunity to develop his or her talents to the full, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, functional disability and social, cultural or idealistic background. At the same time, the university has to be alert to the need to promote diversity in recruiting staff and students. What it comes down to is that we have to focus on maximising our potential.
Excellence through Diversity Symposium
Isabel Hoving will introduce herself on 7 November at the Diversity Symposium for students and staff. Read more about the symposium: Excellence through Diversity.
(31 October 2013)