Diversity and inclusion
CWI is committed to creating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. An inclusive culture allows for differences between people without prejudice or discrimination.
CWI aspires to embrace diversity and support the full participation of all employees. Having employees from a wide range of backgrounds is an important cornerstone of creativity and innovation. Furthermore, we share a moral obligation to empower everyone to develop and realize one’s potential. At CWI, personnel should not be hindered by their gender identity or expression, cultural or socioeconomic background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or disability.
Diversity at NWO and NWO-I
We aim to realise working in an inclusive organisation with inclusive procedures. We believe that we can achieve our strategic ambitions as NWO if we also seek to be a diverse organisation with an inclusive culture. Diversity brings us creativity, innovation, and renewal. In addition to this, we are convinced that we will have more societal impact as NWO if our organisation reflects the society we are part of. This means that as an employer, NWO needs to ensure that everybody is welcome, can be themselves and can perform at their best. This Diversity and Inclusion calendar contributes to that. You can read more about diversity and inclusion on the NWO website and in the article “Striving for an organisation where everybody can be themselves” about diversity within NWO and NWO-I.
- On 6 April 2021, CWI published the CWI Diversity Plan 2021-2025. NWO-I has recently published their Gender Equality Plan as well.
- In our New Scientist anniversary magazine (2021) we published an interview with Monique Laurent and Sophie Huiberts on diversity on p.16-17: 'The diversity problem is not a women’s problem'.
Constance van Eeden PhD Fellowship
To stimulate the recruitment of female PhD candidates, CWI launched the Constance van Eeden PhD Fellowship in 2022. From this year on the fellowship offers one PhD position to a talented young female student in mathematics or computer science or a related field of science. It is put in place in honour of and named after Constance van Eeden (1927-2021), who worked at CWI from 1954 to 1960 and was one of the first female PhD students in statistics in the Netherlands.