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Reflection Annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium


Entry requirements
Second or third year students of the Honours College FSW programme could follow this course.

Leiden University has identified Diversity and Inclusion as core values of our community. Being open to diversity and ensuring an inclusive academic environment is a collective effort which takes place in all spaces of our community. We are definitely not there yet but at the same time, important steps are being made. The annual Diversity and Inclusion Symposium is an important moment to look back, reflect and get inspired. This year the symposium is hosted by our Faculty of Law.

Course objectives
This course provides an opportunity to dive into the broad theme of Diversity & Inclusion through the scope of the symposium and within the disciplinary context of Law. By attending the lectures, workshops and panel discussions during the symposium, by reading a scientific article, by joining our reflective meeting and by reflecting on your own ‘social fields’ and experiences you will:

  • Enhance your awareness of the omnipresent diversity around you and the importance of more inclusive communities;

  • Enrich your social scientific perspective by approaching the topics from a legal point of view;

  • Learn from the experiences and viewpoints of the attendees of the symposium as well as your fellow students within this course;

  • Reflect on the ever changing world around you and on your own position within this discourse as well as your own experienced realities.

You receive an invitation and registration form for this course from the Honours College FSW. You will be registered in uSis by the Student Services Centre (SSC).
You also have to register for the symposium.

Mode of instruction
It is composed from the following components:

  • Attendance of the online symposium on 13-01-2022 from 9:30-17:00h

  • Attendance of the online reflective meeting on 20-01-2022 from 17:00-19:00h

  • Reading the article by Anita Böcker ‘Can Non-discrimination Laws Change Hearts and Minds?’

  • Reflecting on the insights from the symposium and summarizing them in one Powerpoint sheet which you will present during our reflective meeting

  • Final Reflection

Böcker, A. ‘Can Non-discrimination Law Change Hearts and Minds?’ in EraLaw 2020-3.




  • Your presentation during the reflective meeting has to be sufficiently prepared, presented and it has to be accompanied by one sheet containing the core of what you learned (for specifics, see course manual).

  • Your Reflection needs to include the required elements (see course manual) and it needs to showcase the different elements of the course (symposium, reading, reflective meeting). Deadline: February 4th, 2022.

Contact information
Rosalinde Spitters MA (R.J.B. and
Dr. Janita Ravesloot (