Diversity

The Centre for Family Studies promotes ideological dialogue, intercultural encounters and proper guidance for all families.

Central to the diversity-themed research, projects and activities conducted and organised by our centre and within the context of the Bachelor in Family Studies, is the idea that, although our diverse society comes with its problems and challenges, ideology is a source of motivation and strength in family relations.

Moreover, in our centre and our study programme we strongly focus on a diversitysensitive approach. Our research themes, families, relationships and education, are never neutral, in the sense that they are always linked to ideology, culture, class and time frame. Families are diverse. But the students, teachers and researchers of our knowledge centre and study programme also come with their own diverse backgrounds. We aim to base our research and teachings on the awareness of our own position while appreciating that of others. 

Our centre has a long-standing tradition when it comes to organising diversity-themed projects. For example, for two decades we organised a training on Islamic views on relationships and education. In 2019-2020, as an extension of this project, a training on Islamic Counseling was offered on our campus.

In 2017 we started organising ‘Diversi-date’, an annual event where some hundred Brussels-based students are stimulated to contemplate and discuss the topics of identity and ideology in a safe setting. Based on these events and the output of the students a scenario was developed to help schools and other organisations establish an open dialogue amongst youngsters.

Between 2017 and 2019 the researchers and students of our campus also conducted research into the needs of families with a non-western migration background in terms of family and educational support and how NGO’s can meet those needs.

Our centre also conducts research into the living conditions of parents and children of refugee families and how these people can be better assisted. Read more about this here.

Islamic views on relationships and education – short course (in Dutch)

Date 
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 09:00 to Friday, March 18, 2016 - 17:00
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Islamic views on relationships and education – short course (in Dutch)

‘Western’ and ‘Muslim’-families: (too?) often we look at them as opposites. Of course there are differences in how families think about partner relationships, parent-child relationships and parenting. But how do we deal with those differences?

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Cover book 'Superdiversity in the heart of Europe'

Superdiversity in the heart of Europe

by Dirk Geldof - English version, Acco, 2016

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Cover book 'Superdiversity in the heart of Europe'

Conference: Working with transmigrants

Conference and bookpresentation by Mieke Schrooten and Margot Lavent (Social Work), with Dirk Geldof and Sophie Withaeckx (lecturers and researcher in the bachelor programme and knowledge center Higher Institute for Family Studies). (Dutch)

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Date 
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 09:00 to 13:30
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Short course: Islamic views on care for the elderly and people with a disability

Short course by Naziha Maher, Islam expert, active in the Flemish League against Cancer and in MOPA (Muslims and Palliative Support Antwerp); 
Els Nolf, policy officer Interculturalisation at the Counsel for Wellfare Brussels;
and Kim Valtin, coordinator of the activity centre of vzw De Lork and of the project All-In.

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Date 
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 09:30
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