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Solidarity Week 2022

16-20 May: Join Us in Solidarity - Solidarity Week 2022

This year the Solidarity Week was held for people to come together to raise awareness about issues of inequality, oppression and marginalisation. The uncomfortable conversations about racism, intersectionality, religion, stigmas, cultural and structural barriers continued. Many embraced the discomfort in  brave, safe spaces  and contributed to tackling head on the issues of discrimination.

This year we also moved beyond the conversations: We engaged in change behaviour, developed policies together and grew in unity.

This is a Radboud University initiative borne from the voices of dedicated students, staff, faculty members and proudly supported by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [DEI] Office.

Introduction: Keynote on Intersectionality

The DEI Solidarity Week 2022 was kicked off with a keynote by Dr. Arun Verma on intersectionality and antiracism. This event examined how to disrupt the higher education sector through ambitious actions and collective, participatory and evidence-informed responses to racism.

Join Us in Solidarity: Voices of Ukrainian Scholars

The week continued with a discussion on the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine and its impact on research and academic community discussed by Ukrainian scholars. Scholars Olexiy Haran (Professor of Comparative Politics at the UKMA), Volodymyr Dubovyk (Associate Professor, Director of the Center for International Studies, Odesa Mechnykov National University, Ukraine), and Halyna Solovei (Professor of international relations, communication and regional studies at the UKMA) got together to discuss the horror of war and hate. Read more

DEI in Poetry

In their literary expedition ‘Drapetomania: Exploring Afropessimism’ artist Richard Kofi and choreographer Christian Gueramatchi introduced their sources of inspiration. Kofi and Gueramatchi base their conversation on Kofi's latest short film Drapetomania in which two characters try to find their way through a reality that is heading for an apocalypse. The title Drapetomania refers to the alleged condition of the same name that would lead enslaved people to flee their captivity. The term is part of a pseudoscientific-racist worldview that still influences contemporary forms of racism, but will be completely torn apart in this conversation. Kofi and Gueramatchi had a conversation about Afrofuturism, Afropessimism, the work of the American artist Kara Walker and Gueramatchi's play Hissy-Fit.

From Policy to Practice: Antiracism Policy Workshop

In this session DEI student interns held focus group discussions with staff and students using the Student ARA Report 2021 to form the backdrop for the development of Radboud University’s Antiracism Policy 2022. This session for both staff and students was extremely inspiring.

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DEI Anti-Bias Theatre Premiere

This workshop offered the audience, leaders and team members, opportunities to address serious issues that they encounter in their workplace and allowed them to engage in some difficult conversations.

“Together with Radboudumc, Radboud University has created an interactive
theater with Crux Creaties. It is partly a theater, where shared stories are acted out on stage by a team of professionals. Actors wonder aloud how they can bridge differences, explore and address power relations and questions what diversity really means, for example.

These scenes act as windows into prejudice, everyday behavior and issues of gender equality and breaking the glass ceiling; physical or psychological limitations that (un)consciously lead to distance from the labor market; construction of barriers when it comes to individuals with different identities. It seeks to give individuals the tools to sit with discomfort in a safe space.”

Three more performances are scheduled for the coming months, click the link below to find out more!

Join Us in Solidarity

Rona Jualla-van Oudenhoven is the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategist at Radboud University. In this piece she writes about the safe, inclusive and equitable campus and the Anti-Racism Awareness Week - join us in solidarity!

22-26 March 2021: Anti Racism Awareness Week

A new precedent has been set with the Anti-Racism Awareness Week. Conversations about racism, intersectional issues, the decolonisation of society’s institutions and new ways of approaching academia have all helped lay a foundation for future endeavours to address topics of systemic violence on campus. It was a week where both panellists and audience members joined in to share their experiences, emotional struggles and ideas with respect to the issues at hand. We hear you, and we are listening.

Students facing discrimination need a safe space where healing can start. The Radboud University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Office wants to provide an environment in which students and staff can discuss their concerns, where they will be heard, and where concrete steps will be taken to actively push for change on campus. This week was only the beginning. The DEI Office is here, and it is here to stay. But these issues will not all be addressed, let alone fixed within five days. They require constant action.

The dynamic, powerful conversations that have all inspired us during the Anti-Racism Awareness Week should not be the exception, they should become the norm. It has shown us how things can be, and should be. This has been a long time coming. For years, students and staff have faced invalidation whenever they tried to address these topics in the past. But together we have made a start, and together we can continue to strive to make our voices heard. Let us keep listening to one another, address blind spots, and celebrate our heritage in order to fuel the process of healing. Please continue to join us in solidarity to create a safe and inclusive space.

ARAW Bios of Participants (pdf, 728 kB)

Bios of Antiracism Committee Members March 2021 (pdf, 637 kB)

ARAW program March 2021 (pdf, 723 kB)