This specialisation has helped me grow immensely from my previous education, especially in regards to interdisciplinary research. From taking various courses across disciplines on diversity, I gained meaningful insight into how various disciplines approach this issue. The insight allowed me to find creative ways to approach research that can encompass various perspectives.
Even though it is difficult to maintain a conducive learning environment online, some courses have been excellent in maintaining a vibrant and open space for learning. These teachers are aware of the struggles we face as students learning everything online and do their best to ensure we grasp the course material as much as possible, through providing continuous support throughout the course.
Certainly, taking a master's programme in these times proves to be difficult with the fact that everything is online. Often, it is challenging to feel connected to the programme and other students, since everyone is miles apart. However, the student community has been working together to close that distance between all of us.
I am currently taking a research internship within the Department of Political Science, doing a project with the Radboud Honours Academy, and writing my thesis on descriptive representation.
I think having a Master's degree in this specialisation means that we are well aware of diversity issues not only in political sciences but also in the area of management and urban planning. It also means that as a researcher we are versatile and capable to tackle the challenges in society on implementing diversity in creative ways for various institutions.