Centre for Women's and Gender Research

Diversity workshop

With support from the Meltzer foundation, the research group at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK) welcomes members of the UiB strategy working group, the Equality Committee and staff at the Rectorate to a workshop on diversity.

Ida Bloms hus, side entrance
The research group Foundational Questions in Gender and Sexuality Research meet every other week at Ida Bloms hus.
Thor Brødreskift/UiB

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The workshop is only open for invited members of the UiB strategy working group, the Equality Committee and staff at the Rectorate, who have received an invitation via e-mail.

About the workshop

UiB aims to be a welcoming and attractive place for students and staff, based on the value of diversity and equality. This vision statement forms the basis for the ongoing work on a new UiB strategy (2023–2030).

However, it is unclear how diversity is understood and how the diversity vision translates into action. With its limited and general focus on primarily legal responsibilities, the university’s new action plan for diversity, inclusion and equality (2022–2026) does not offer much in terms of guidelines for action.

We therefore invite you to a discussion and reflection on what diversity and inclusion could mean at both the policy level and in the daily lives of staff, students and leadership at UiB.  

How can we think about legal responsibilities and deeper structural changes simultaneously in understanding, planning and doing equity work concerning e.g., racism, (hetero)sexism and ableism? What are the possibilities and pitfalls connected to the language we use to speak about and understand diversity and inclusion?

To initiate the discussion, we have invited Svati Shah from University of Massachusetts and affiliated with SKOK and the Global Research Programme on Inequality (GRIP) and Ro Averin who is affiliated with SKOK’s research group and runs a workplace consultancy on diversity.