Anti-discrimination commitment of the Department of Development Studies

The Department of Development Studies acknowledges the various aspects of diversity – of racial, ethnic, socio-economic or other dimensions – and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, ability, gender or other reasons / markers / categories that exist in the context of teaching and research as well as in the broader university context. Thus, we aim to understand, firstly, the various forms of discrimination students and/or staff members experience as well as the various forms of its institutionalisation. It is critical that we recognise the importance of intersectionality and the effect of multiple oppressive systems in teaching and research.

Secondly, we commit to focus our efforts on diversity and its various aspects and implications, especially the negative effects of discrimination at different levels of our Department. We embrace diversity as a positive resource and acknowledge that it enriches our community as department members with different identities and life experiences share their views. To enhance this rich environment, we defend and expand the principles of inclusivity and non-discrimination and aim to actively promote and advocate these values within our Department and the broader university community. We commit to create and protect a safe space of interaction within our Department, ensuring that our different positionalities are not used as a means of exclusion.

Lastly, where we lack knowledge and understanding with regards to diversity, equality and inclusion and its implications, we commit to openness in dealing with these aspects and acquiring deeper insights. We can and will do more to be introspective, compassionate and deliberate allies, and we will stand up for one another. Training, promoting and supporting those who are underrepresented in the academic field will continue to be a primary goal of our Department. The promotion of equality in knowledge production and society as well as in our research and teaching will have an impact and be an essential part of any academic finding.