Isa Stommels

Isa Stommels
The atmosphere with the teachers is great, as they are really enthusiastic and knowledgeable, especially in the specific equality and diversity courses.
Name
Isa Stommels
Programme
Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Management
Study start date
Study end date
Previous education
Business Administration - Radboud University

Isa Stommels is a Master's student Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Management.

What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why? How has the programme/specialisation challenged you (in relation to your previous education)?

What I really like about my programme is that you get courses from different fields of the study, such as organisational design, strategic human resource management and political science. It allows you to look at the broader field of diversity, equality and inclusion studies while also specifically focusing on how organisations and institutions implement the practices and policies you talk about. It challenges you to not only learn about diversity and equality within organisations but also to critically reflect upon them, which adds an extra dimension to studying Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Management.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class (for example the relationship between students and with the teachers/researchers)?

The atmosphere between students is really great as it is a smaller Master's specialisation. Everyone knows each other and we regularly meet up even after classes. The atmosphere with the teachers is also great, as they are really enthusiastic and knowledgeable, especially in the specific equality and diversity courses.

What do you find most challenging in your Master’s (specialisation)? Have you encountered any obstacles?

The most challenging about my Master's is the real-life application of the course material. Because the Master's is very small, sometimes the topic of equality and diversity is not discussed in the bigger classes that are mandatory. You then have to explicitly ask for the application to diversity studies, which requires you to actively engage with the teachers of every course.

Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?

I am currently writing my thesis about gender equality discourses by change agents within an international in-company women's network, where I look at how these discourses impact the way in which gender equality is constructed within the organisation and within the women's network.

Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?

I think it is important that people study this degree because equality and diversity is a popular topic within businesses and organisations around the world, while not many people have expert knowledge of the theories and practices that are being implemented. By following this Master's, you become more critical of certain policies and practices, while also learning where change can be made and how you should make it.