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Working in a diverse environment

The more diverse a work environment is the more creative and innovative it will be. This in turn promotes quality of education and research, which is why Leiden University is committed to equal opportunities for each individual, whether these are opportunities for appointment, for promotion, or to optimally combine work and care.

To better embed this priority within our organisation, the Executive Board has formulated a Diversity and Inclusiveness Work Plan. The plan focuses among other things on promoting a gender-conscious appointment policy. 

Diversity Dossier

We have set out our perspective on diversity in an online dossier: the Diversity Dossier. There you can read what we have achieved so far and what our objectives are for the future regarding diversity and inclusiveness. 

Diversity Officer

Dr Aya Ezawa is Diversity Officer for Leiden University. Together with the Diversity Office, Dr Ezawa initiates and coordinates all diversity-related activities.

If you have any questions about the diversity policy or if you are curious about the activities of the Diversity Office, please contact the Diversity Office.

Diversity and Inclusiveness Work Plan

The work plan is only available in Dutch.


Sounding Board group Diversity & Inclusiveness Faculty of Humanities

Following recent discussions on diversity and inclusiveness in the Mare and certain institutes, the Faculty Board has decided, on 18 December 2018, to set up a faculty 'sounding board group on diversity and inclusiveness'. The sounding board group will advise the Faculty Board, on request or on its own initiative, on diversity issues. The members have been appointed by the Faculty Board on 19 March 2019.

In the coming period, the diversity policy must be supported more strongly by the institutes and faculties, and to this end the Sounding Board Group forms an important bridge between the Faculty Board, the institutes, and academic and non-academic staff. The Sounding Board Group consists of a delegation of employees and PhD's of the institutes and representatives of the Faculty Bureau.

The members form a mixed group of people and represent all employees of the faculty. The academic staff members are involved in various networks and initiatives relating to diversity. The non-academic staff members act as advisors from the Faculty Office and have knowledge and expertise on working with diversity issues based on their functions and tasks.


  • Aurelie van 't Slot (Policy Officer)
  • Eftychia Mylona (external PhD candidate and tutor International Studies, expertise in the field of Diasporic communities of the MENA region), LIAS
  • Else Speelman (Senior HR advisor), HR
  • Gianelle Vacca (Coordinator D&I projects for students, Coordinator POPcorner, Humanities Buddy Programma, IncLUsion), Student Affairs
  • Joost van der Sluijs (Senior advisor internal and external communication), Communications
  • Maartje Janse (Lecturer (BrE), expertise in the field of history and slavery, member Diversity ThinkTank), History
  • Larissa Schulte Nordholt (PhD candidate, expertise in the field of decolonisation and Africa, member Diversity Think Tank), History
  • Liesbeth Minnaard (Lecturer (BrE), expertise in the field of gender, ethnicity and intersectionality), LUCAS
  • Eduardo Alves Vieira (Lecturer (BrE), expertise related to diversity and Latin-America), LUCL
  • Ahab Bdaiwi (Lecturer (BrE, expertise in the field of Middle Eastern studies, involved in the network for international and bi-cultural employees), Philosophy
  • Jed Wentz (Lecturer (BrE), studied in the US), ACPA
  • Job Westrate (Policy advisor), Department of Student Affairs

E-mail: divers-inclusief@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Contact D&I @ Humanities

The Humities Diversity & Inclusiveness Sounding Board group is set up by the Faculty Board and can give advice on request and on its own initiative. If you wish to inform the committee of certain issues, please contact Aurelie van 't Slot.

Ofcourse, you can also contact one of the members.

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