On January 17th 2019, I organize a scientific symposium on Blindspots in Diversity Management at Leiden University.
The aim of this symposium is to showcase the state-of-the-art social psychological research elucidating important issues for organizations to address in their efforts to successfully manage diversity at work. Topics covered include the ironic and unintended effects of diversity structures and interventions, the importance of inclusion, invisible forms of diversity, shared impact, the subtle psychological mechanisms by which workplace inequality is maintained, and how scientists can contribute to improving organizational practice.
The program features a keynote by Cheryl Kaiser (University of Washington), research talks by Seval Gündemir (University of Amsterdam), Colette van Laar (KU Leuven), Thekla Morgenroth (University of Exeter) and Jojanneke van der Toorn (Leiden University), and an interactive session on improving organizational practice (with Naomi Ellemers and Wiebren Jansen; Utrecht University).
This symposium has a scholarly focus but may also be of interest to practitioners. Admission is free.
Registration is closed
Missed the deadline? Have other registration-related questions? Please contact Conny Binnendijk at firstname.lastname@example.org
09.30 – 10.00 Welcome with coffee and tea
10.00 – 10.15 Introduction
10.15 – 11.15 Cheryl Kaiser (University of Washington)
Keynote: Promise and pitfalls of organizational diversity initiatives
11.15 – 12.00 Seval Gündemir (University of Amsterdam)
I, too, own this place: Understanding the influence of shared impact on
women and minorities at work
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 13.45 Jojanneke van der Toorn (Leiden University)
Looking beyond our similarities: How perceived (in)visible dissimilarity
relates to workplace inclusion
13.45 – 14.30 Thekla Morgenroth (University of Exeter)
‘Born this way’: Effects and policy implications of essentializing sexual
14.30 – 15.00 Coffee and tea
15.00 – 15.45 Colette van Laar (KU Leuven)
Understanding in- and exclusion: A social psychological approach to inequality
16.45 – 17.00 Closing remarks
Rapenburg 73, Leiden
This symposium is organized by Prof.dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn with the assistance of Conny Binnendijk and in collaboration with the Utrecht Young Academy and the Nederlandse Inclusiviteitsmonitor. It is supported by Leiden University and an Aspasia grant from NWO. Jojanneke is professor by special appointment of LGBT workplace inclusion at Leiden University, in collaboration with the Workplace Pride Foundation and KPN.
* Edited to add: See here for a blog post on the evening’s discussion (in Dutch)
On November 27th, I will take part in the event “In het Geheugen Gegrift”, an interactive session on memory (mostly in Dutch). It is organized by Utrecht University’s Studium Generale, in collaboration with the Utrecht Young Academy. Everyone is welcome!
Transgender Network Netherlands (TNN) published this very helpful guide for a transgender-friendly workplace, which I had the pleasure of contributing to. It is packed with guidelines and tips for employers, diversity officers, and HR- and personnel managers.
POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY MEETING - SAVE THE DATE
Please join us for the seventh Political Psychology Meeting, which will take place on Friday November 9th at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (University of Amsterdam).
Political psychology is thriving in the Netherlands and beyond. We organize the political psychology meetings to further consolidate this field of research in the region of the Netherlands by providing an opportunity for political psychologists to connect, share ideas, and provide feedback on each other’s work. The day will run from 10.00 - 16.00 and includes coffee/tea- and lunch-breaks. For the upcoming meeting, we were again able to secure an excellent set of speakers. Please see below for the preliminary program.
It is important to register for the meeting so that we can get an accurate head count for coffee/tea and lunch. Participation is free of charge. Please let us know by October 19th if you plan to attend by filling out this form.
Bert Bakker (University of Amsterdam)
Mark Dechesne (Leiden University)
Jojanneke van der Toorn (Utrecht University & Leiden University)
10.30-11.15 Paul Marx (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Should we study political behaviour as rituals? Towards a general micro theory of politics in everyday life
11.15-12.00 Allard Feddes (University of Amsterdam)
The United Kingdom’s EU membership referendum: Key psychological variables behind voting ‘remain’ and ‘leave’
13.00-13.30 Efraín García-Sánchez (PhD student; University of Granada)
The vicious cycle of economic inequality: The role of ideology in shaping the relationship between “what is” and “what ought to be” in 41 Countries
13.30-14.00 Martijn Blikmans (Groningen University)
The use of emotions in political speech: Main and moderating effects.
14.30-15.15 Florian van Leeuwen (Tilburg University)
Disgust sensitivity relates to attitudes toward gay men and lesbian women (and other sexual groups) across 31 nations
15.150-16.00 To be announced
16.00 Drinks at Crea Cafe
Amsterdam School of Communication Research Roeterseiland Campus
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1001 NG Amsterdam
I served on the scientific committee of the 2nd conference on LGBTI Research in the Low Countries, which takes place on October 10th at the University of Amsterdam. The program includes a very interesting and diverse set of talks, including keynote lectures by Ilja Meijer and Theo Sandfort.
See here for more information
Register here (until September 28)
Our researchgroup aims to contribute to effective diversity policy by bridging science and practice. In this article (in Dutch), you find a summary of the research that shows why it is important to collect diversity to inclusion at work, and what are potential bottlenecks in practice.
Today, I will be giving a keynote lecture at the Leiden University Medical Center. Join us!
“We are proud to present Professor dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn from Leiden University who will give a lecture regarding LGBT Workplace Inclusion.
More and more organisations acknowledge the importance of an inclusive workspace that accommodates sexual orientation and gender identity. This workspace is hard to realize since an apparently tolerant space is often in fact not so tolerant at all. Persons who support equal rights, can disapprove of a transgender colleague or make remarks that are (unintentionally) hurtful about homosexuality. To promote inclusion of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender employees (LGBTs) at work, knowledge of the social psychological mechanisms that are the foundation to their stigmatisation is needed. To determine what works, we need to know why something else does not work. This is the added value of a scientific approach. Jojanneke van der Toorn discusses the psychological processes that stand in the way of a truly inclusive workspace for LGBTs and what we can learn from them to find practical solutions. Because inclusivity offers opportunities for both employees and organisations.”
Last night, we celebrated the official inauguration of Leiden University’s LGBT+ Employee Network. Congratulations everyone! I look forward to making inspiring new connections and to working together toward an inclusive workplace.
Also see this nice article in Leidsch Dagblad
This week I had the pleasure of attending a conference and of partying on a boat in the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade, both organized by the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights.
To be LGBTI is a human right
Alderman Marieke van Doorninck opened the conference by stressing the importance of diversity for the city of Amsterdam. Then sociologist Jan Willem Duyvendak explained the term homonationalism, and argued that viewing LGBTI acceptance as typically Dutch polarizes the debate. Boris Dittrich moderated the afternoon which also included contributions by Marja Lust (Police), Annelies Tukker (Nederlandse organisatie voor seksediversiteit), Isjed Ijaz Hussain (Stichting Prisma Groep & Veilige Haven) en Milan Hendriks (transgender). I gave a flash lecture on LGBT workplace inclusion.