1 September 2020
The topic of academia and the inherent challenges for LGBTI persons studying or working within its many layers, is an area sorely in need of attention and discussion.
To officially launch this historic new program, Workplace Pride hosted an inaugural event in the form of a live webinar, hosted by one of the new co chairs of Workplace Pride, Dr. Michiel Kolman on August 24th 2020.
In response to the increase in the number of academic institutions who are now members of Workplace Pride and the fact that LGBTI workplace inclusion is a topic that runs deep through all levels of academia, Workplace Pride has decided to augment its current list of programs to include academia alongside current programs for women, technology and younger people.
Lyle Muns, the chair of LSvb brought a student-oriented and activistic perspective to the discussion.
The Workplace Pride chair for workplace inclusion at Leiden University, Prof. Jojanneke van der Toorn brought her insights as an ally using her body of research and an evidence-based approach to the discussion.
Professor Annetje Ottow is currently Vice-President of Utrecht University and she shared her thoughts on academic institutions and the challenges therein of improving inclusion and visibility of the LGBTI community.
“At this pivotal moment of social awareness in the world, it is refreshing to see academia engage in the crucial topic of LGBTI inclusion”, said David Pollard, Exec. Director of Workplace Pride, “ By providing a platform for our new Academia@WorkplacePride program, we hope to stimulate conversation and debate, and, most importantly, improve the working environment for LGBTI students, staff and faculty in higher education and research institutions”.
To see the webinar click here