Scientific Symposium: Blindspots in Diversity Management

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

Preliminary program

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
at work

15.45 – 16.45     Improving organizational practice
Interactive session with contributions from Naomi Ellemers and Wiebren
(Utrecht University)

16.45 – 17.00 Closing remarks


Klein Auditorium
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.