Final Conference ‘Towards an Inclusive Work Environment! Insights from Work and Life Experience and Paradoxes from Practice’

Thursday, November 25, 2021, | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Online and On-site at Hogeschool Inholland Amsterdam, Boelelaan 1109

How do you make an organization more inclusive when there’s a ‘colour-blind’ organizational culture? How do you address issues like whiteness as the norm in various organizational processes? How can you ensure that employees from different backgrounds can fully participate within the organization? How do you establish a transparent infrastructure so that people with complaints feel heard and taken seriously? What role can informal networks play in making employees feel at home within an organization?

Over the past 2.5 years, the Refugee Academy, in collaboration with Hogeschool Inholland, has conducted research on inclusive work environments. For this research, we’ve engaged with both employers and HR professionals, as well as individuals who don’t fit the image of the ‘normative employee’ for various reasons and are thus less privileged in the Dutch job market.

What do we observe when we connect these two perspectives? How can we prevent bias from hindering the efforts towards greater diversity and inclusion within organizations? What kind of mosaic of interventions can enable employers to continue working towards a genuine transformation into an inclusive work environment?

On Thursday, November 25, we will present the research results during our final conference and engage in conversations with experts from academia as well as practitioners. This event will be accompanied by the musical contributions of Isaac Bullock, and it will conclude with a reflection by spoken word artist Babs Gons.

Curious about the latest insights in the field of diversity and inclusion within organizations? Register now via link.


  • Factsheet (web version)
  • Full report “Towards an Inclusive Work Environment! Insights from Work and Life Experiences and Paradoxes from Practice”. (PDF)