Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Diversity Management for Social Justice

when 20 June 2022 - 24 June 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 355

Are you interested in making a change in how diverse people access education, public services, wealth and participate in the public debate?

Modern societies host a superdiverse population where social exclusion or marginalization may prevent people's wellbeing and health. For instance, most public administrations make important efforts in implementing policies aimed at teaching the majority language to the newcomers (Dutch, German, or English), but most practitioners know that there is more than that to do to foster social cohesion. In certain schools, the student population is so diverse that dozens of languages from local and migrant minorities are spoken in the schoolyard, to the point that some schools have adopted restrictive policies about language use in class and in the school area. What are the best policies for addressing this diversity?

The summer school on Diversity Management for Social Justice will be held in Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), 20-24 June 2022. This interdisciplinary school is meant for graduate students, PhD students, early career researchers and professionals with an interest in diversity management and social justice. We conceive of “social justice” as fairness manifested in society, thus including equal access to wealth, opportunities and privileges in healthcare, education, employment, housing, and more. We define “management” as the actions undertaken to influence or intervene on language and cultural practices in specific environments. The courses we offer include the following:

* Diversity management and urban policies;
* Diversity management and policies in (higher) education;
* Diversity management in the workplace;
* Diversity management, language planning and indigenous minorities
* A special session will be devoted to decolonizing research, management practices and policy writing.

Throughout lectures, roundtables and workshops, an international roster of speakers from a variety of fields (sociolinguistics, sociology, anthropology, cultural and media studies) will share their research and insights. During our workshops, several partner organizations and institutes will contribute with their expertise and specific challenges: summer school participants will work together with lecturers using specific case studies to put into practice theoretical tools and try out policy writing.

Course leader

Dr. Maria Mazzoli, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
Dr. Seonok Lee, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
Dr. Aurélie Joubert, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen

Target group

BA, MA, PhD, Post-docs, Practitioners

Course aim

The summer school will offer participants advanced tools for understanding and implementing change in diversity management. Specifically, after the summer school our students will be able to:

* Conceptualise diversity management for social justice, acquiring knowledge of theoretical approaches and recent empirical studies;
* Assess and frame specific challenges related to diversity in different environments, such as higher education, urban policy and the workplace;
* Write and assess policies for diversity and inclusion;
* Devise and implement effective techniques to favour intercultural communication and multicultural management.

Credits info

5 EC
Preparatory reading: 44 hours
Contact hours: 40 hours
Assignment (optional): 56 hours
Upon successful completion of the programme, the summer school offers a Certificate of Attendance.

During the summer school, participants are offered the opportunity to give a twenty-minute presentation on their own research related to diversity in education (optional). They will receive feedback on their presentation from speakers and peers. The presentation will be acknowledged on the Certificate of Attendance.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the summer school offers a Certificate of Attendance. For participants who want to earn academic credit with the summer school, an additional assignment (including a reading list) will be provided. After successfully completing the assignment, they will receive their Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 140 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 355: (exclude accommodation, and include lunches, coffee, one dinner, and excursions)
EUR 255: For students from partner universities: NHL Stenden, University of Helsinki


The Organizing Committee will award up to two scholarships (fee waiver) for students from middle and low-income countries. Interested applicants should mention this in their motivation letter.