Successful workshop with the Committee for Diversity and Equality
On 30 May, the Committee for Diversity and Equality held a workshop with Professor Caroline Dessent from the University of York. The workshop entailed three hours of debates, questions and inspiration. More such events and initiatives are underway.
How do we increase diversity and equality at our faculty?
This was the key question addressed by the Committee for Diversity and Equality at its first-ever event on 30 May: a workshop with Professor Caroline Dessent from the University of York entitled ”How to be a ‘Golden’ Faculty for Equality & Diversity”.
The topic attracted many interested parties from across the faculty. Caroline Dessent received probing questions and participants had some lively group debates with the opportunity to discuss department-specific issues.
Caroline Dessent has been working with diversity and gender equality at the University of York for several years and has achieved good results. At the event, she talked about the general benefits of working with diversity and gender equality and also gave very specific examples of how they are working with diversity and gender equality at the University of York.
This was greatly appreciated by the participants at the workshop.
"We’re already working on analysing and developing action plans in the area. Caroline provided us with some exciting examples and takeaways, so now we have a good basis for our own work," says Mai Korsbæk, centre manager at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who participated in the workshop.
More events to come
The Committee for Diversity and Equality at the Faculty of Natural Sciences will hold more events focusing on diversity and gender equality in order to promote work on this important topic across the faculty.
Vice-dean for Research David Lundbek Egholm is delighted with the development.
"I'm glad that we have an active Committee for Diversity and Equality, which ensures good opportunities to debate this important topic at our faculty. Work for more diversity and gender equality is an important part of making our faculty a good place for everyone, and therefore it is also an important part of NAT’s strategy for the future," he says.
There is continual work to establish more events and initiatives under the Committee for Diversity and Equality.