Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture. As one of the most international universities in Europe, we are aware and proud that our strength lies in diversity. We strive to go well beyond quotas and compliance: we are determined to foster an environment in which everyone feels welcome and valued.
During the Diversity and Inclusivity Day, UM has discussed its policies aimed at creating an environment where everyone feels comfortable enough to inspire and be inspired.
"A real ‘community’ will only come about when people who differ on many fronts don’t just tolerate each other, but work together and learn from each other."
Read an interview with Rianne Letschert: The first year of the 'Rector of Diversity'.
Do you have great ideas on how to increase student or staff diversity? Or how to create a more inclusive UM community? Learn more about the UM Diversity & Inclusivity Grant!
UM will award up to €15.000 to students, alumni and/or staff to set-up or further develop innovative activities and policy research on diversity and inclusivity that have a sustainable impact on the UM community.
Until 15 March 2019 you can apply for a D&I Grant.
A work group appointed by the UM Executive Board has produced advice which will influence, among other things, our HR policy.
We have a Diversity Officer, a Female Empowerment Network and a Diversity & Inclusivity Advisory Council, which has recently held its inaugural meeting. Most importantly, all our staff and students share in our vision to make everyone feel welcome.
Amnesty International Maastricht Students organise an online campaign and a pop-up living room to discuss discrimination
Mathijs Van Peteghem, assistant professor at the School of Business and Economics, looks student inclusivity in tutorial groups - how can we navigate the potential pitfalls of the diversity in the International Classroom?
UM's first ever Diversity Officer, Constance Sommerey, explains (and defends) her position...
A look back on UM's first Diversity Day: lively discussions and thought-provoking presentations on the topics of sexual harassment and the meaning of consent and how UM can become an Age-Friendly University
Isabella Grabner, a member of the newly established UM Advisory Council on Diversity, talks about her research on performance measurement and implicit bias in academia.
Nanne de Vries, Professor of Health Promotion, member executive board MUMC
Bakir Bulic, Director Faculty of Science and Engineering
Didier Fouarge, Professor in Dynamics of Skills Allocation, School of Business and EconomicsCerien Streefland, Managing Director, Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesFred Zijlstra, Professor of Work & Organizational Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and NeuroscienceMark Kawakami, Assistant Professor, Faculty of LawLana Sirri, Assistant Professor in Gender and Religion, Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesAlbertine Zanting, Senior Policy Advisor Internationalisation and Researcher of Cultural Diversity, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life ScienceIsrat Hossein, student BA geneeskunde, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Science Nga Janda, student Faculty of Law