Starting a PhD is an exciting opportunity: meeting new colleagues, settling in your office and familiarizing yourself with your new environment. What we couldn’t have imagined, is that this ‘new environment’ would actually turn out to be the confinement at our own homes.
Almost six years ago I made the transition from a job in the judiciary to working at the law faculty of Leiden University. I soon became aware of a lack of visible diversity among the faculty staff, although the student population did seem to be reasonably diverse.
Since the death of George Floyd and the resulting global demonstrations, discussions about racism are again ever present. What tends to be left outside of the discussion is the variety of people affected by this particular discussion.
The recent attention towards discrimination and institutional racism opened a discussion where I think all different kinds of minority voices can and should be heard. I am grateful to take a little bit of space in this discussion and I hope anyone who feels the need to speak up will do so.