Making Inclusion Work | Osnabrück-Meetup


Osnabrück University

Wednesday 20 Nov 2019, 09:30 - 16:00
Spoken Language

Osnabrück Castle (building no 11 on site map), Room: 213; Osnabrück University

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The Inclusiveness Meetup at Osnabrück University is the first of four #IBelong Multiplier Events. The idea behind Inclusiveness Meetups is to bring together various stakeholders in the higher education field, and open up discussion on the best approaches towards greater inclusion in higher education. Participants will have the chance to engage in fruitful discussions and take part in two workshops that have been developed as part of #IBelong project.

The project ‘Towards a sense of belonging in an inclusive learning environment’ (#IBelong) aims at improving the experiences and outcomes of students from diverse backgrounds through creating a more inclusive learning environment in higher education. We focus on migrant students and first generation entrants in higher education in particular considering the performance gap these students experience in higher education across Europe. In the #IBelong project we build a programme of interventions to develop a sense of belonging among higher education students irrespective of their diversity, thereby increasing student retention and promoting a fair chance of succeeding.

The focus of the first Meetup at Osnabrück University in Germany – is on the three #IBelong pillars of interventions towards a sense of belonging in higher education as being implemented at the four universities involved. Interventions will be presented in form of workshops, and participants of the Meetup are invited to select two workshops of their preference (W1: Dialogue Days/ W2: Team Teacher Reflections/ W3: Student Community Mentoring)

Via the sharing of the #IBelong interventions and first results we hope to connect practitioners, policy makers, researchers and experts on the subjects of higher education and inclusive learning environments.

Event Programme

Key note speaker Pravini Baboeram works as a program manager at ECHO, Expertise Center for Diversity Policy in the Netherlands. In this role she facilitates in the process of “getting comfortable with the uncomfortable”. Reflecting on mechanisms that lead to exclusion in education and the labor market Pravini invites participants to engage in conversations on systemic inequality. With theoretical frameworks and concepts Pravini offers a language and tools in understanding diversity and inclusion. In this process she supports participants in translating these insights into practical tools and solutions to strengthen diversity and inclusion in organizations.

Practical Information


9.30Registration & Welcome
10.00Welcoming Speech by Prof. Dr. Susanne Menzel-Riedl (President Osnabrück University)
10.30Keynote: Pravini Baboeram – Understanding Diversity & Inclusion: getting comfortable with the uncomfortable
11.30#Ibelong project presentation by Marieke Meeuwisse (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
12.00First Results of the Project by Sofia Marques da Silva (Universidad Porto, Portugal)
12.30Lunch Break
13.15Workshop Session I

Dialogue Days (Edge Hill University) 

Teacher Team Reflection (Erasmus University Rotterdam) 

Students Community Mentoring (Osnabrück University) 

14.15Coffee Break
15.00Workshop Session II
15.45Get Together & Wrap Up

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