Looking at D&I policy through a different lens

  • LocationUtrecht
  • Duration3 meetings
  • Starting moment28 februari 2024
  • LanguageDutch
  • Teaching methodAt location
  • CertificationCertificate
  • Price€1,995

Looking at D&I policy through a different lens

How can organisations successfully implement diversity and inclusion policies? This masterclass teaches HR professionals and D&I officers to look at their policies in a systematic and evidence-based way. After this masterclass, you will be aware of the latest scientific insights and can apply this knowledge directly to your own organisation’s D&I policy. You will be guided by experienced D&I experts.

Destined for

This masterclass is intended for HR professionals and D&I officers at public and private organisations

Access requirements

  • You have knowledge of and influence on your own organisation’s D&I policy
  • You may confidentially share information about your organisation’s D&I policy with other participants

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this masterclass, you will be able to:

  • explain what, according to science, are the current pitfalls and challenges of diversity and inclusion in the workplace,
  • develop your own D&I policy with a new, science-based approach, and
  • underpin the choices in your own D&I policy with scientific insights and practical examples.

Dates and time investment

The masterclass consists of a series of 3 meetings of approximately 4 hours. In addition, count on approximately 10 hours of preparation time.

Dates: February 28, March 13, and March 27, 2024 (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM).

Experiences from a former participant

“We offer an evidence-based approach to get a better grip on policy in one's own organization”

Prof. dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn

What will you do?

In three sessions, you will learn to look at the D&I (Diversity and Inclusion) policy of your organization in a new way. Each participant will bring their own policy case to which the new approach will be directly applied. You will be introduced to the latest scientific insights on effective D&I policy and learn what does and doesn’t work according to science for your specific case. In between the sessions, you will apply this knowledge and write an action plan to actually implement your case. You will receive feedback from both scientists and fellow policy officers.

During the sessions, you will be challenged by guest lecturers who give lectures on their own research on D&I policy in organizations. Additionally, there is plenty of room to discuss your own experiences. Finally, we offer the option to request a free consultation with one of the lecturers within a year after attending the masterclass to discuss challenges in the next steps. This way, you will receive a versatile toolbox that you can continue to apply to the entire D&I policy of your organization.


The masterclass consists of three sessions:

  • Session 1: Understanding scientific knowledge

    In the first session, you will gain insight into the pitfalls and challenges of D&I policies in organisations according to the latest scientific knowledge. You will also learn why implementing effective D&I policies in practice often becomes so difficult. Finally, you will be given a different, more systematic approach to developing and implementing your diversity policy.

    Preparation: approx. 4 hours Meeting: February 28, 2024, 12.00-16.00 p.m.

  • Session 2: Application to policy case study

    In this session, you apply the systematic approach to a case from your organisation. You discuss your experiences with your fellow participants. Each case will receive feedback from the lecturers and the other course participants. After this session, you can further develop and implement your own approach within your organisation.

    Preparation: approx. 3 hours Meeting: March 13, 2024, 12.00-16.00 p.m.

  • Session 3: Organising support

    During the third session, you present your case to your fellow participants and show how you applied the systematic approach. You will also work on communicating the new approach within your organisation and organizing support for it. You make an action plan to implement this after the masterclass.

    Preparation: approx. 3 hours Meeting: March 27, 2024, 12.00-16.00 p.m.


At the end of the master class, you will receive a certificate of participation.

“How do I know if our diversity policy is making people feel at home with us?”

A D&I officer from a large organization


The sessions take place in the Academy Building of Utrecht University (Domplein 29). Each session includes a delicious lunch.






28 February 2024

12:00-16:00 hrs


13 March 2024

12:00-16:00 hrs


27 March 2024

12:00-16:00 hrs


The masterclass will be taught by two regular lecturers and a number of guest lecturers specialising in the field of diversity and inclusion in organisations. They are all connected to the Organisational Behaviour research group of Prof. dr. Naomi Ellemers.


Prof. dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn

Prof. dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn


Dr. Melissa Vink

Dr. Melissa Vink

Questions or interest in participating?

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us without obligation. We are happy to help: Masterclass-DI@uu.nl

Contact person

Milynn Koene

Milynn Koene


Listen to the experiences of former participant Aurora Guds and get a sense of the atmosphere of the masterclass.

Looking at D&I policy through a different lens