"The European Commission has made institutional gender equality plans mandatory for funding from Horizon Europe, the framework programme for research and innovation. As of 2022, every legal entity must have a gender equality plan in order to be eligible for funding from Horizon Europe. Gender is always linked to other social categories, such as ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and social class" (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science).
The mission and vision of Windesheim University of Applied Sciences describes the values and principles we seek to uphold as a University of Applied Sciences. Our brand promise refers to a society based on equality, solidarity, human dignity and embracing diversity. This is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of gender equality and reducing inequality.
Windesheim University of Applied Sciences stands for an inclusive society and takes small and large steps to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities and rights, both within and outside our organization. What we strive for is 'closer to you, with an eye for differences'. Windesheim has a clear ambition with regard to diversity and inclusion, of which gender is a part
At Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, we work together to ensure that all students and staff feel welcome and comfortable. We actively contribute to creating situations in which everyone, based on their different abilities, feels they have equal opportunities to contribute. Our students and staff actively contribute to an inclusive and sustainable society. We actively contribute to discussing differences and bringing them up for discussion. We do not exclude anyone based on skin colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, social class, political preference, religion or other personal characteristics and we actively work to ensure that there is room and appreciation for everyone at our university.
This ambition is achieved along four pillars, viz. content of education and research, organizational culture, student policy and HR policy. The gender theme forms an integral part of Windesheim’s diversity and inclusion agenda.
The Executive Board signed the Diversity Charter on 24 January 2022. This memo outlines what we do at Windesheim.