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Communication | Personal development

The active bystander

This interactive training gives you – and your people – the skills to challenge unacceptable behaviours, including those which may have become normalised over time.

Target group
Non-academic staff
Postdoctoral researcher
PhD candidate
Marloes Siccama

What hurts the victim the most is not the cruelty of the oppressor but the silence of the bystander”
Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor 

Racism, bullying, sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviours contribute to a toxic culture. The impact they have on people can be hugely detrimental – leading to stress, anxiety and mental health problems. As we are seeing in the news, it can be deeply corrosive and damaging if these behaviours and attitudes are normalised over time. That’s why it’s essential for everyone to know how to speak up when problems arise. By registering for this workshop you contribute to social safety in the working place.

This training includes subjects like:

  • Overcoming fear and paralysis in challenging situations
  • Using the right words and expressions when challenging behaviours.
  • How to tackle ‘micro-inequities’, including eye-rolling, sighing, constant interruptions and unconscious bias.

Depending on the location the working language is either Dutch or English. Please pay special attention when registering.

Getting started  
Topics covered by The Active Bystander are also included in our Toolkit Let’s Connect and in our online course Dealing with transgressive behavior. You have free access by logging on with your ULCN-account.

In a recent interview President of the Executive Board Annetje Ottow spoke about how creating a safe environment is a top priority at Leiden University.

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