Diversity & Inclusion Week

4-8 October

The most interesting conversations and the best ideas are born when people of different backgrounds, with different points of view and opinions, get together.

A precondition for this, though, is that everyone can be themselves and feel free and safe enough to express their thoughts. TU Delft strives to be such a safe, inclusive environment, where we cherish diversity and in so doing encourage creativity, well-being and innovation. This ambition requires courage and participation from everyone, including you. It starts with being able to talk to each other about diversity and inclusion freely, and really listening to each other. Imagine a TU Delft where you can reach your full potential, professionally as well as personally, regardless of sexual orientation, colour, way of thinking, gender, appearance, physical or mental capacity or your socio-economic background. 

During this first Diversity & Inclusion Week at TU Delft, held to coincide with Diversity Day on 5 October, you can join a variation of events. Listen to specialists and people with personal experience of these issues and join in debating various themes within this topic. Panellists will discuss which opportunities they see in the area of D&I specifically at TU Delft, and you will get to hear what other organisations are doing to promote diversity and inclusivity and what challenges they encounter. Or you might become aware of your own prejudices during a non-bias training session. 

We warmly invite everyone within the TU Delft community to join the various online and hybrid events. 

Together we can achieve academic excellence through Diversity and Inclusion. It is our mission to foster an academic environment in which all students and staff feel at home. We recognize the challenges towards ensuring equity and inclusion for all and in the diversification of our staff and students’ population. I am very pleased to say we have witnessed an overwhelming positive energy and readiness in working together to achieve our goals as detailed in our Terms of Reference. In the past months we have created a network of Diversity Officers across faculties and network organizations. We look forward to seeing you during Diversity Week

David Keyson, Chief Diversity Officer, TU Delft

You will find the provisional schedule below. We are adding further information to the schedule on an ongoing basis, so check this page regularly.

Monday (4 October)

12:45-13:30

Keynote and Q&A with lunch: Kick-off Diversity & Inclusion week 2021!

Hybrid session

14:00-15:30

Unconscious bias workshop

Hybrid session

16:00-18:00

Panel dialogue with drinks: Benefits, challenges and opportunities of diversity & inclusion

Hybrid session

Tuesday (5 October)

12:45-13:30

Presentation and workshop: Multi-Diversity in Student Project Teams: Culture Mapping

Online session

14:00-15:30

Inspiration Session by DEWIS: Harassment against women in Dutch academia

Online session

16:00-18:00

Ally Skills Workshop: learn how to make teams and environments more inclusive

Online session

17:30-19:00

Pitches and open mic 5 October 2021

Hybrid session

Wednesday (6 October)

12:45-13:45

Open Science Coffee Delft (Panel discussion): Diversity & Inclusion in Research, Technology and Design

Online session

14:00-14:30

Q&A with NWO: Diversity & Inclusion in NWO programs

Online session

16:00-17:30

Inspiration Session by DEWIS: How to craft your future by personal leadership

Online session

19:00-21:00

Panel discussion by Lijst Bèta: Doing a board year as an international student

Online session

Thursday (7 October)

14:00-15:30

Interactive workshop: Inclusive Research and Innovation & convergence @ TU Delft

Hybrid session - closed session for TU Delft staff and students only

16:00-18:00

Panel discussion with drinks by Studium Generale: Prometheus’ Problems – Neurodiversity, empathy and technology

Hybrid session

Friday (8 October)

12:00-13:30

Workshop: Inclusive education

Online session

Moderators: Dawn Verkerk  & Lotte van Kerkhoven

14:30-15:30

Panel discussion ‘Picture a Scientist’

Online session

16:00-17:30

Round table conversation with drinks: University Life from a Queer Perspective

Hybrid session

Photos of You, Photos by You

D&I photo exhibition by students

For this exhibition that takes place during TU Delft’s first Diversity & Inclusion week, students of the photography courses at X have taken the opportunity to explore their surroundings and reflect on what diversity and inclusion mean to them.
Visit X to enjoy these special personal statements of art at the exhibition cubes right behind the entrance. Before entering the building, you can see a large collage of portraits of everyone who contributed to this exhibition, made by our photography teacher Pieter Lemmens.

Diversity & Inclusion Week is being organised by the Diversity & Inclusion Office in conjunction with Studium Generale. Contributors include True-U, DEWIS, Student Onbeperkt and  Lijst Bèta.