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We all want a pleasant and safe work and study environment. To create and maintain such an environment, we need to talk about how we treat each other and want to treat each other. The academic environment is known for high competition, temporary contracts and power inequality. This may lead to undesirable behavior, such as (sexual) intimidation, (micro)aggression, bullying and discrimination. Interpersonal conflicts are currently resolved in a legal manner. Unfortunately, dialogue, learning and prevention are often lacking. An alternative route is restorative justice, aimed at jointly repairing the suffering and the relationship. Restorative justice generally results in better and more sustainable outcomes for both victims and perpetrators.
11.00 - 11.10 Opening
11.10 - 12.00 PART I: What is the problem? Social safety in academia
12.00 - 13.00 PART II: How does it feel?
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.00 PART III: What is the solution? Restorative practices in academia
15.00 - 15.45 PART IV: How to proceed? Panel discussion
15.45 - 16.00 Closure and reflection
16.00 - 17.00 Drinks
This symposium is aimed at all staff, students and support networks.
This symposium is free of charge, but you do need to register.
Date & Address: 19 October 2023, 11.00 am at the Vrije Universiteit, Agora 1, De Boelelaan 1105 in Amsterdam.
The Symposium Social Safety: Towards a Restorative University is part of a research project by Nieke Elbers, who received an NWO Aspasia Grant for this. The aim of her research is to apply best practices from abroad at her workplaces, the VU and the NSCR, and to achieve a safe and recovery-oriented climate. The Aspasia grant promotes gender equality in science.
Read the NSCR BLOG by Nieke Elbers about a restorative academic environment.