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Aurora Diversity and Equality Award

The Aurora Diversity and Equality Award was launched within the network to highlight innovative and successful inclusion and diversity interventions. The objective of the award is to identify and exchange good practices and to advance the Aurora network’s vision of equal opportunities for staff and students. In this way, we aim to create a working and learning environment in which different perspectives are explicitly valued, and to generate creativity from different perspectives in teaching and in education.

In its first run, the Aurora Equality and Diversity Award has yielded a total of 18 nominations from the participating partner universities. The jury consisted of five members, representing academic, supporting and administrative staff.

Nominated initiatives are assessed on the following elements:

  • Practices which primarily engage with equality and diversity.
  • Advances the equality agenda with diversity and respect at its core.
  • Helps provide opportunities for marginalized groups.
  • Stakeholder involvement, particularly involvement of target group representatives.
  • Actions that support a longer term goal of creating transformative change.
  • Creates respectful environments.
  • Emphasis on diversity as a strengths of the University society, in particular those that engage with the concept of intersectionality.
  • Innovative methods.
  • Transferable to different contexts.
  • A clear vision and feasible strategy.

“The nine universities in the Aurora network share a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. All Aurora partners subscribe to equal opportunities for all. With our diversity policies we aim to contribute to the inclusiveness of European societies in which  equality of men and women still is not a matter of course, divides between cultural and ethnic groups are increasingly at stake, sexual orientation and gender identity are still reasons for violence and discrimination, and where social economic differences become larger rather than smaller. We value different perspectives as  essential aspects of an academic community. We believe that diversity among our students and staff will enhance the quality of university education and research.” – Prof. Dr. Karen van Oudenhoven – van der Zee


2017 Award Booklet 2018 Award Booklet 2019 Award Booklet
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