Staff networks for underrepresented groups

The university wishes to give staff from underrepresented groups and interested parties a platform to exchange experiences, identify bottlenecks and think about solutions on equal opportunities topics. The intended effect of the networks is a diversity policy that is widely supported and responds to the current needs of the staff. The networks focus on meetings that promote community building and apply the ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ principle.

Anyone who feels addressed is welcome. However, the networks are intended for experts by experience. Out of respect for the privacy of the participants and to be able to guarantee a safe environment, interested parties who do not identify themselves as the priority target group are asked to abstain.

Type of networks

Network trans

Connecting encounters between employees who identify as trans*, non-binary, queer*, gender nonconforming, questioning.

Startup Activities

Staff Network Trans

For colleagues who identify as trans or non-binary, queer, gender nonconforming, questioning.
Register for lunch on Tuesday October 18 from 12:00 to 13:30

Network rainbow

Connecting encounters between employees who identify as gay, bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, polysexual (or romantic), lesbian, heteroflexible, queer*.

Staff Network Rainbow

For colleagues who identify as LGB.
Register for lunch on Tuesday 11 October from 12:00 to 14:0

Network multilingualism

Connecting meetings between employees with a migration background. Participants can choose to join the Dutch-speaking group (which mainly consists of staff members who were born in Belgium but speak a language other than Dutch at home) or with the English-speaking group (which mainly consists of international researchers, refugees, etc.). Interpreters are provided on request.

Staff Network Refugees and newcomers

For colleagues who have recently arrived in Belgium.
Register for lunch on Friday 9 December from 12:00 to 14:00

Network disability

Connecting meetings between employees with an occupational disability. This may involve a physical, sensory or mental disability, a learning disability, a psychiatric vulnerability, or a chronic illness. Returners (after e.g. cancer or burnout) and people who are sensitive to stimuli (e.g. people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, highly sensitive people) are also welcome. Sign language interpreters reasonable adjustments are provided on request. The activities are organized wheelchair accessible.

Staff Network Occupational disability

For colleagues with a disability and/or chronic illness.
Register for breakfast on Tuesday 25 October from 9:00-11:00

Types of Activities

  • On-campus chat cafes or online safe spaces
  • Theme lecture or debate
  • Awareness or resilience training
  • Themed walk in the city of Ghent
  • Themed lunch, drink or picnic
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