Two researchers working together
Two researchers working together

FNWI Diversity Day: Significance of Role Models

Tuesday 23 May 2023, 1 pm - 3 pm

Role models can have far-reaching effects on the (career) choices we make as they might inspire us to pursue careers we did not think possible. It is hence important to have role models that appeal to different people, including underrepresented groups.

We will discuss the importance of role models from different perspectives. The keynote lecture by Bas Hofstra (Department of Sociology) will show how mentors help underrepresented groups overcome challenges associated with building an academic career. Jeanette Mostert (Radboud UMC) from the Radboud Young Academy will discuss the importance of recognizing and rewarding role models that improve our working environment, followed by a podium discussion. The presentations will be accompanied by a poster exhibition showing how different people from our faculty view role models and their significance.


13:00 Welcome and update GenDi committee

13:10 Bas Hofstra (Department of Sociology) Diversifying the Professoriate (read more)

13:50 Jeanette Mostert (Radboud UMC) recognizing and rewarding role models that improve our working environment (read more)

14:10 Podium Discussion

15.00 Opening of the Poster Exhibition Role Models and the Library Exhibition Women in Science

Bas Hofstra


Dr. Bas Hofstra (Radboud Social Cultural Research, Department of Sociology)


Diversifying the Professoriate

The primary means of social and intellectual reproduction in the professoriate is through mentoring doctoral students who become faculty mentors and publish research. However, opportunities to transition into such roles are not equal, and underrepresented groups face challenges building and sustaining their representation in the professoriate. What are social resources enabling them to overcome these challenges? To study this, the authors analyze nearly all PhD recipients in the United States from 1980 to 2015 (~1.03 million) and follow their careers. Women and underrepresented minorities are less likely to transition into academia than men and whites, but their chances increase when they are paired with same-attribute advisors and when they have significant group representation in their departments. In contrast, men and white scholars receive no costs or benefits from different- or same-attribute advisors. These findings warrant inspection to see how such relations can be fostered in all mentors.

Jeannette Mostert

Dr. Jeanette Mostert (RadboudUMC) 


The Radboud Young Academy: recognising and rewarding role models that improve our working environment

The Radboud Young Academy is a diverse group of young ambitious staff, working in different positions and representing all faculties. We are strongly motivated to develop our academic field, engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and contribute to the academic culture of the Radboud University, Radboudumc and beyond. One of our activities is the Recognition & Rewards prize. For this award every employee of Radboud University and Radboudumc can nominate a colleague or colleagues who contribute to a healthy and effective work environment. With this prize we want to put people in the spotlight that improve our academic culture, but are often not recognised or rewarded for these actions.

Tuesday 23 May 2023, 1 pm - 3 pm
Bas Hofstra, Jeanette Mostert, Location: HG00.062
Huygens Building
Faculty of Science
Contact information

Do you have questions about the Diversity Day? Please contact Heidi Huber.