Kick-Off Event

With Keynote speaker: Mindy Howard (Astronaut trainer) and Interactive session by Boom Chicago

03 October 2023 12:00 till 15:00 - Location: Auditorium – Aula Building – TU Delft | Add to my calendar

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Week returns this year once again from 3 to 6 October 2023, and the D&I Office will open the week with a kick-off event on Tuesday 3 October 2023 (12:00-15:00) on TU Delft, in the Auditorium of the Aula building! With this email we are cordially inviting you to join us during this week to celebrate diversity together and to learn, to exchange ideas and to hear what our community is working on regarding DE&I!  

Programme Schedule
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:45 – 13.00 Welcome by Chief Diversity Officer David Keyson
13:00 – 13:30 Keynote speaker Mindy Howard, Astronaut trainer
13:30 – 13:50 Presentation of D&I office TU Delft by Fatima Ait Bari
13:50 – 14:10 Creative intermezzo by Boom Chicago
14:10 – 14:40 Panel discussion with Aukje Hassoldt, Odette Scharenborg & Khalid el Haji
14.40 – 14.45 Closure by Rob Mudde Vice Rector Magnificus/Vice President Education
14:45 – 15:00 Afterdrinks

Target Group
Everyone is welcome!

Type of Event
Creative Opening & Energizer - Lecture – (Panel) Discussion

Food and/or Drinks
Lunch and after drinks will be provided.

Registration Link
Click here to register.

There will be English subtitles.
The aula building is accessible by wheelchair.


Bio: Khalid El Haji

Khalid El Haji is a former member of the Delft Central Student Council on behalf of the party Lijst Bèta, where his responsibilities included maintaining the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) portfolio. Also, Khalid was also a member of TU Delft D&I Board. During his time as a council member, he played a key role in setting up the TU Delft D&I Grant, a fund to support student initiatives in the field of D&I. Khalid is also a winner of the ECHO STEM Award 2022, an award for outstanding students who work against exclusion.

Bio: Prof. Aukje Hassoldt

Aukje Hassoldt has been dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Governance and Management since October 2019 and recently reappointed by the Executive Board for another term until Oct. 1, 2027. Aukje was previously an executive at large organizations (RIVM, TNO, RWS) with a STEM component, involved in societal challenges in complex environments. Aukje’s academic background is in physics. 
Diversity and inclusion are important issues for her: "Within TBM, we make sure there is consideration for each other and that everyone feels at home, safe and valued. By organizing various trainings, we try to discuss (difficult) situations with each other and learn from them. Learning and understanding different points of view is important to create more awareness among all employees."

Bio: Prof. Odette Scharenborg

Odette Scharenborg is an Associate Professor and Delft Technology Fellow at the Multimedia Computing Group, Faculty of EEMCS. Her research focuses on human speech-processing inspired automatic speech processing with the aim to develop inclusive speech technology, i.e., speech technology that works for everyone irrespective of how they speak or the language they speak.   
Odette is the Vice-President of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). She joined the Board of ISCA in 2017. In 2019, she founded the ISCA Diversity committee, which started the annual LGBTQI+ meeting in 2020 at ISCA’s flagship conference Interspeech. Odette founded the IEEE SPS Mentoring Experiences for Underrepresented Young Researchers (ME-UYR) program in 2021. And in 2023, at the IEEE SPS flagship conference she organised the first LGBTQI+ event. From 2018-2022, she was a member of the IEEE SPS Speech and Language Processing Technical, and from 2019-2023, a (Senior) Associate Editor of IEEE Signal Processing Letters. Since 2020, she is a member of the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) Unit Delft. At TU Delft she was the chair of the EEMCS Diversity and Inclusion Team (EDIT) and a board member of Delft Women in Science (DEWIS).