from November 14, 2022 to November 18, 2022
Published on October 24, 2022 Updated on May 2, 2024

EUTOPIA Inclusion and Diversity Week

inclusion and diversity week
inclusion and diversity week

Inclusion is one of the key principles of the EUTOPIA alliance To celebrate that and the three years of work that the inclusion task force has put into building a more inclusive university, EUTOPIA is organizing an Inclusion and Diversity Week on November 14th - 18th across the campuses of the VUB, CY Cergy Paris University, the Universities of Gothenburg, Ljubljana, and Warwick, the UPF, as well as online.
Monday November 14th
At the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • (Online) Webinar on Diversity, Inclusion & anti-discrimination practices in academia by Sarah Diedro Jordão
  • (Hybrid) Workshop on Inclusion and mental well-being by Brenda Kristina Anyango
  • (Hybrid) Bi-weekly talk by students for students on the impact of racism and discrimination on students’ mental health organized by WedecolonizeVU

    Register here for the activities from the VUB
At CY Cergy Paris Université
  • (Hybrid) Screening and discussion around the documentary "Réparer les vivantes" produced by Mélissa Theuriau, in presence of the Women Safe and Children Institute Director General: Frédérique Martz.
    Where: Simone Veil Amphitheatre, Chênes 1, Cergy Chênes Campus, CY. You can watch the documentary on Youtube if you are online.
    (If you want to add the subtitles in your mother tongue, please use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox and then select "Subtitles --> Auto-translate)
  • When: 12:00 - 14:00.
    The film will be subtitled in English and available on our website for two weeks, until November 25th.
At the University of Gothenburg
  • (face-to-face) Opening event to the week: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (showing of a film with faculty representatives, student union representatives, vice-rector and other staff members… ) reflecting on their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in HE as well as the opportunities that they envision in bringing together 10 European universities to design the university of the future.
  • The opening event keynote speech "Reframing the encounter: From repressed colonial pile to a collaborative decolonial counter-archive", by Cecilia Järdemar from the University of Arts, Crafts and Design (Stockholm).
  • ”Study hour” – Broadening experiences in collaboration
    Since 2019 teacher students from the University of Gothenburg have had the opportunity to broaden their perspectives on the teaching profession. Pupils aged 10 – 15 years from Lövgärdet and Tynnered, two exposed areas, have got the chance to broaden their perspectives by meeting University students and helping them with their homework. A cooperation between the University and the non-profit organisation Räddningsmissionen
    Presenters: Annika Lilja and Anette Olin, Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies; Ida Jansson, Räddningsmissionen

    Check out the University of Gothenburg' website for more information and registration for the opening events.

Tuesday November 15th
At the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • (online) Equality policymakers within Eutopia – Let’s get to know each other (Equality/diversity/inclusion peers from all the partner universities meet, get to know each other, and share experiences and best practices).

    Register here for the activities from the VUB
At CY Cergy Paris Université
  • (face-to-face) FORUM on inclusion animated by our different project managers and services related to inclusion and diversity. Presentations and exchanges with users (students, staff, professors) on the different devices deployed within CY in terms of inclusion. 
    Where: Hall des Chênes 1, small stands.
    When: 10:00 -12:00
At the University of Gothenburg
Wednesday November 16th
At the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
At CY Cergy Paris Université
  • (online) Conference "Gender Equality and Inclusion at the University: From Theory to Practice",  What is the current stage of Research? What tools and opportunities do the European Union provide? What are the practices at University?
    Presented by Stefania Marcassa on gender equality at CY.
  • Where: Online on Teams, link here.
    When: 12:00 - 13:00pm.
    Language: English
At the University of Gothenburg
  • (hybrid) Workshop "Ocean Blues: a workshop about biodiversity loss in the ocean". 
    "Ocean Blues is an example of the faculty´s outreach project that connects young adults with the university and university staff, whilst discussing environmental issues in a solution-oriented way. Through the Ocean Blues workshops, university staff builds relationships with the surrounding society, aims to increase committment to transform anxiety to action and lower the thresholds into higher education for young adults in diverse communities.  The project methodology has aroused the interest of other projects as well as the general public."
    Grazzia Matamoros, Centre for Sea and Society, University of Gothenburg, Malin Rosengren, Centre for Sea and Society, University of Gothenburg. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Check out the University of Gothenburg' website for more information and registration for this event.
  • (face-to-face) Session "Coaching methodology for the empowerment of doctoral and post-doctoral students".  Cecilia Bull and Alexandra Abramsson, Chair and Vice-Chair at Sahlgrenska Academy PhD Coach Network. Magnus Åkesson, Leadership Developer and Coach. Ingela Dahllöf, Professor and Pro-Dean at Faculty of Science. 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Check out the University of Gothenburg' website for more information and registration for this event.
Thursday November 17th
At the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • (hybrid) Workshop on how to find your talents and fuel your purpose by Bouchra Al Mehraj with testimonial and inspirational session – open Mic
  • (face-to-face) Afterwork for students and staff with Saidou Music (one of Brussels’ most famous Afrobeats DJ)

    Register here for the activities from the VUB
At CY Cergy Paris Université
  • (online) Publications of video and written testimonials. Our community talks about diversity and inclusion:
    • Videos : Magali Jaouen, Vice-President for onsite Policy, Luciana Radut Gaghi, Vice-Preisdent in charge of EUTOPIA, Sahil Kamboj, international PhD Student in a co-tutelle programme between the University of Warwick and CY, and Gladys Gros-Desormeaux, a student engaged in the activities of the Inclusion Work Package of EUTOPIA.
      The videos are available on the EUTOPIA Youtube Channel.
    • Written testimonies: Patrick Courilleau, Pierrick Roberge, Marion Hetzel, Martial Meziani, Stefania Marcassa, Gilles Rémy, Dominique Picard.
      You can read the testimonies here!
  • Posters to be printed and visuals to be published on our social media regarding key measures we've implemented around inclusion.
At the University of Gothenburg
At the University of Warwick
  • A collaborative workshop in which students will discuss their own and others’ experiences of inclusion and exclusion at university, explore new ideas, and learn about the work of the EUTOPIA Alliance.
  • A panel of guests from relevant departments and the Students’ Union who can engage in dialogue with the students, and perhaps talk about some of the work they’re doing in this field.
Friday November 18th
At CY Cergy Paris Université
  • (face-to-face) Diversity Fresco organized by ESSEC Business School. 20 people maximum, upon inscription, linked to be defined.
    Where: Registrations are full, the event is now closed.
    When: 10am-1:00am.
  • (online) Let’s CY: presentation and closing event of the Diversity week presented by Pierrick Roberge, Executive Director CY Undergraduate College and CY Cergy Paris Université Deputy Director for Education.
    Where: Online. Find the link here.
    When: 13:30 - 14:00. 
At the University of Gothenburg

Closing Day

  • Workshop "The Culture school pedagogy education at the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts". Helena Wattström, senior lecturer and program manager at the Academy of Music and Drama. 12:30 - 13:30 p.m.
  • Summing up the event, way forward and closure. Catherine Gillo Nilsson, Coordinator  EUTOPIA, Promoting Inclusion and Equal Societies. Johannes Lunneblad,  Professor,  Department of Education, Communication and Learning Sylvi Vigmo,  Senior Lecturer, Department of Education, Communication and Learning. 13:30 - 14:00 p.m.

    Check out the University of Gothenburg' website for more information and registration for the closing events.
Other events during or after the week
At the Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • (online) The UPF will organize a contest through its social media. The goal is to ask the UPF Community about Inclusion and to get the community's answer via Instagram.
    The Inclusion Team from UPF will choose the "best" definition and donate a prize. More details are coming soon!
At the University of Ljubljana

The University of Ljubljana will hold its events during EUTOPIA Week, occurring between November 21st and 25th.

  • Session "Putting principles into practice", 21/11
  • Half-day Roundtable on Inclusion, 25/11
  • Research Ethics Roundtable, 25/11
  • Presentation of the "Letter Project", time TBC