Inclusive Design & Research | Emotions in the Workplace

With Stella Boess, Stefan Persaud, Annemiek van Boeijen, Fernando Secomandi, and Vassia Sarantopoulou

04 October 2023 09:00 till 13:30 - Location: IDE ARENA | Add to my calendar

This year, TUD is celebrating the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Week on October 3 - 6. The D&I Collective of our faculty has been busy organising an exciting event that will take place on October 4. There we would like to invite all IDE colleagues and students to this faculty event. Especially the workshop on Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace is not to be missed as we have organised a professional company to give this valuable D&I training towards building stronger social interactions and work dynamics. 

This year we will have the following schedule at IDE Arena: 

09:00 - 09:15 Welcome address by Elif Özcan (Faculty Diversity Officer) & Caspar Chorus (IDE dean)
09:15 - 10:00 Inclusive Design & Research — Lecture by Stella Boess 
10:00 - 10:30 Opening Inclusive Design Student Exhibition curated by Annemiek van Boeijen, Stefan Persaud, & Fernando Secomandi  
10:30 - 12:30 Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace– Lecture, Workshop & Discussion by Vassia Sarantopoulou (Head Psychologist at AntiLonelines)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

Please register via for the popular workshop and lunch.

Inclusive Design & Research 
This talk highlights how to consider diversity, equity and inclusion in what we design and research. What we design may affect others in ways that we could not guess. Nobody means to trap wheelchair users in public buildings. Algorithms do not mean to reinforce stereotypes or exclude people from medical aid. The immigration service did not mean to prevent people from feeling at home. So, what could we do differently? I will show approaches and examples from the Inclusive Design Lab. My colleague Annemiek van Boeijen will then introduce the exhibition of student design projects. The projects demonstrate design and research to help societies achieve social justice, gender equity, disability inclusion and more.

Inclusive Design Student Exhibition
What design does and could do for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, to achieve a more resilient and just society. Examples in this exhibition help to think about possible ways forward and invite us to reflect and shape our shared mission for just society.

The main emphasis in the design discipline was on the economic value of designed things and services. As a result, we quickly looked at common denominators and averages and at groups of people as consumers. In recent years, social and community values have come to the fore in the design discourse.

Partly due to challenges arising from development such as internationalization in education, trade, and production; migration for socioeconomic or other reasons; concerns over natural resources and ecosystems; changing geopolitical relations with the global majority; and innovation in digital technology and social media, the call by and for minorities (based on their physical/mental ability, ethnicity, gender, economic class, and other factors) has become increasingly louder. Design is never value-free. How can students, educators and researcher in design reflect on the social impact of their actions?

Emotional Intelligence in the workplace: How to build stronger social interactions and work dynamics
Empathetic leaders are the most successful ones because they can understand their team’s needs and respond in alignment to their feelings and thoughts. This workshop aims to explore the multifaceted nature of emotions in the workplace and equip participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively navigate emotional expression and maintain healthy workplace relationships. The workshop will highlight the purpose and significance of emotions in the workplace, emphasizing their role in decision-making, problem-solving, and creativity. We will explore how to express our emotions in the workplace, with a focus on providing strategies for managing and regulating emotions effectively. Through group discussions and real-life workplace scenarios, participants will analyze and differentiate between a variety of emotional expressions, promoting self-awareness and emotional intelligence. In conclusion, this workshop will empower participants to navigate emotions in the workplace effectively, creating a positive and inclusive work environment. By fostering self-awareness, empathy, and conflict resolution skills, participants will enhance their emotional intelligence and strengthen workplace relationships. 

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Target Group
Everyone is welcome.

Type of Event
Workshop – Dialogue – Lecture – Design & Research Exhibition

Food and/or Drinks
Coffee and lunch will be provided.

Registration Link
Please send an e-mail to let them know you will participate.