Diversity and inclusion are high on the agenda both in society and in education. Increasingly, the realization is growing that students in higher education must be prepared for their role as a professional in a society that is super-diverse. Theoretical exercises prove increasingly difficult to apply to the complex reality of the city. To what extent are students prepared and equipped for this diversity? Are they able to cope with challenges surrounding diversity and turn this into a positive force? What does this mean for the relationship between universities, university colleges and the cities in which they are located? During this meeting we will address these questions together with international experts, active students and local initiatives by looking at practical examples and the possible benefits of community work for higher education.
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This program is carried out in collaboration with ECHO, Diversity Policy Expertise Center. As a non profit organization that deals with diversity and inclusion in education and the labor market, ECHO has been organizing study visits to Los Angeles, California for many years. During these study visits, professionals from higher education in the Netherlands gain experiences from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In particular the Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP) which has close ties with partners like East Los Angeles College and diverse communities in the city. ECHO also awards the ECHO Award every year, a prize for excellent talent in higher education with a non-Western background that creates social impact. The winners of the ECHO Award follow a summer course at UCLA who take these experiences and insights back to their practice in the Netherlands. For this evening, Pakhuis de Zwijger and ECHO invited speakers who have gained experience and ideas at UCLA to connect these with current developments in the city of Amsterdam.