Words. We use them to communicate, express and relate to each other. It might seem self- evident, but how often do we take a moment to assess the words we use, their origin and meaning? Not the meaning found in the dictionary, but their histories of use and the worldviews they represent.
This year's theme of International Day of People with Disabilities is invisible disabilities. Two students share their experiences of studying with a disability during the Covid-19 pandemic and introduce the project Drempelloos Studeren.
Online environments have become a dominant place for contact, exchange, and community. They create new opportunities as they can bridge space and distance. But as digital platforms have become central to our community life, what we say and the tone we set also makes and breaks our community.
Nowadays violence against women is still common all over the world. In the spirit of the Orange The World campaign, we encourage Leiden University students to increase discussion about the subject and we present ways through which gendered violence can be prevented in the university community.
Disability is often a non-topic in academia. How can the scientific community unlock the potential of lived experiences of students and staff with disabilities? PhD researchers Anaïs van Ertvelde and Andries Hiskes get into a conversation about experiential knowledge, representation and access.
University students are particularly vulnerable to multiple forms of sexual violence. Currently, the issues surrounding sexual violence are amplified by the social distancing measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, it is now time to start conversations, reduce stigma, and support survivors.
Pride looks different this year, at Leiden University and worldwide. While the coronavirus has forced most events to be cancelled or moved online, the Black Lives Matter demonstrations have renewed conversations about the intersections between movements for LGBTQ liberation and racial justice.