Diversity Day 2019
On Friday 24th of May 2019 the Diversity Day of the Faculty of Science took place.
12:15 Welcome by prof. Richard van Wezel (Vice Dean Research)
12:20 Interactive workshop on inclusion by Sunny Bergman and Elvin Rigters
13:30 Short update from GenDi committee
14:00 Opening of the exhibition "Women in Mathematics" by dr. Francesca Arici (IMAPP)
14:15 Coffee and tea in the hallway
Location: Huygens Building
Workshop by Sunny Bergman and Elvin Rigters
During this workshop, Sunny and Elvin investigate the blind spots and stereotypes that cause inequality in our society. What affects the perspective of white, highly educated people who believe that color does not matter? And why do white people feel disadvantaged or even angry when it comes to racism and white privileges? In an interactive manner, Elvin and Sunny will challenge participants to honestly look at social power relationships and at their own blind spots.
For more than 15 years, Sunny has been making films in which she explores themes such as feminism and diversity from her personal perspective. Her documentaries "Slut Fear" (NL: Sletvrees) and "Limited shelf life" (NL: Beperkt houdbaar), triggered many reactions and had influence on the social debate on the beauty ideal of women. With 'Black as soot' (NL: Zwart als roet) and 'The color white’, she hit a sensitive nerve in the racism debate. In April 2019, her latest film "Man Made" was released, in which she investigates what it means to be a man.
Elvin Rigters is a cultural entrepreneur with extensive experience in theatre as a director and actor. He graduated from the Maastricht Theatre Academy (Director) and has a background in economics and educational sciences, he is primarily a child of Rotterdam. In his work, he looks for ways to raise awareness in people and make systems visible - back to the essence of art as social criticism. He also provides training on aggression and interculturalization. Elvin has been involved in the past in the establishment of several foundations that are committed to metropolitan issues such as child poverty or the breaking of the white milk glass ceiling by women of color on the work floor.
Women in Maths Exhibition
"The exhibition offers a glimpse into the world of mathematics through photographs (by Noel Tovia Matoff) and excerpts of interviews (by Sylvie Paycha and Sara Azzali) of thirteen women mathematicians throughout Europe. (...) [They] share with us their experience, thus serving as role models to stimulate young women scientists to trust their own strength."