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Equity Conference: A Conscious Step Towards Social Change

29/02/2020 @ 10:30 - 16:30



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***The Equity Conference seeks to achieve social change by applying inclusive principles to all productive and social sectors on campus***
This one-day event includes a warm lunch, two rounds of workshops, an opening and closing lecture, as well as a laid-back Borrel in the evening.
The aim of this conference is to *inspire change* and:
– build a capacity for student representatives to be more responsive and included in issues related to equality and equity, focusing on social inclusion and cross-integration of every student
– reshape public discourse about (un)intentional discrimination and confront hate speech on campus
– inspire other student-led activities addressing similar issues
Opening Lecture:
ABSTRACT: Listening is an art, and as such, it has to be cultivated and practiced with compassion and discipline. If we want to accommodate diversity, without suppressing differences, lumping them together, or essentializing them; we should first teach ourselves how to listen to each other mindfully. But, are we equipped to do so? Listening also has its own rules and norms. To have a meaningful exchange of ideas, we first need to be aware of our positionality (meet ourselves) to create the space for empathy (meet the Other). The condition of such empathy emerges from recognizing and understanding ourselves and each other, reaching out and overcoming the fear of encountering difference or seeing ourselves changing in the process, being seen as different. Yet, how to overcome that fear? My talk will explore the various openings and possibilities to listen to each other within the institutional structure in which we operate, recognizing the differences that inform our struggles and the shared experiences that could bring us together, that is, recasting difference as a dynamic human force (A. Lorde). I hope to engage in open critical dialogue with the audience and co-create a space where we can hear one another through the differences and complexities of our experiences.
Some of the workshops we have organized are:
“How to make the classroom more queer.” by Dr. Eduardo Alves Vieira
“Beyond privilege and guilt: what it means to be inclusive?” by MA Tamara Soukotta
“Finding your queer community.” by the LGBTQ+ Committee of Fortuna
“Including disability at Leiden University.” by Lucia Langerak (Access & Support Platform)
“Facilitating LGBT+ Identity Development” H.G.S.V. Philautia – The Hague’s LGBT+ Student Association
“How ‘virus’ am I? Minority Discrimination based on the Coronavirus Outbreak” by Vincent Yeers
More lined up speakers and workshops will be announced soon!
Prior to the closing lecture we will have the opportunity to hear from fellow students/alumni about their experiences with disability, sexuality, ethnicity and gender on (and off-) campus.
10:30 – 11:00 __REGISTRATION
11:00 – 12:00 __OPENING LECTURE
12:00 – 13:00 __WARM LUNCH
13:00 – 13:45 __WORKSHOP ROUND 1
14:00 – 14:45 __WORKSHOP ROUND 2
15:00 – 16:30 __Student’s Experiences & CLOSING LECTURE
16:30 – ????? __BORREL
The abstract of the closing lecture by Prof. Dr. O’Malley will be published soon.
Ticket Price:
BASIS member: €3
non-BASIS member: €6
The ticket includes a warm vegetarian/vegan lunch and entry to two workshops of your choice!
Be quick to sign-up in order to get your preferred workshops!!!