One World Week 2024

Join us for the One World Week in Wageningen, a week dedicated to appreciating the rich variety of cultures in our university and city. This event is filled with activities that showcase the diverse backgrounds of our community. We aim to create a space where everyone, regardless of their culture, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, or abilities, can learn from and understand each other better.

The upcoming edition of the One World Week will run from 11 March to 15 March, 2024. All events are FREE and open to students and staff from Wageningen University, as well as to all citizens of Wageningen.


Monday | 11 March

12:30-13:45 | Rolf Schrama - A Paralympians Journey

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Rolf Schrama has a rare form of dwarfism. For most of his life, he just wanted to be just like everybody else. He studied, became an economist with a prestigious job on the Amsterdam Zuidas and ignored his limitations as best as he could. And then he quit his job and everything changed...

Small Stature - Great Achievement
Rolf's story of becoming a paralympic sailor is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of personal determination.

Rolf's life story is a lesson in personal leadership, embracing change, and finding greatness within. He inspires us to see beyond our limitations and explore the potential that lies in diversity and self-belief.

Join us for an inspiring session that promises to move and empower you to redefine the boundaries of what's possible for you. Don't miss the chance to transform your perspective and ignite your potential.

Time 12:30 - 13:45h
Organiser One World Week
Location Impulse Speakers Corner
Registration Come and join! No registration is needed!


18:00-20:00 | Campfire Story Sharing

Join - Share - Listen - Connect

What better way to connect with new people and truly get to know one another than by sharing stories? Storytelling has always been a powerful means to connect and learn from each other throughout history. Yet, how often do we actually take the time to sit down, share, and deeply listen?

This is precisely what we aim to do in this interactive workshop - or, let's call it a campfire session - where everyone is encouraged to share and invited to listen.

The host of this session, Jantien, will guide you in crafting your own 'true story' and foster a safe environment where everyone feels comfortable sharing. Are you eager to connect with your fellow students on a deeper level? Join us! We're excited to hear your story.

Time 18:00 - 20:00h
Organiser One World Week
Location V0031 & V0034, Forum building (Ground floor, behind IT DESK)
Registration Click here


**FULL** | 18:30-20:30 | Workshop Sign Language

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Are you interested in learning more about the history and development of sign language, especially within deaf culture and education?

Join our introductory course and dive into the world of sign language. This workshop not only covers the impact of sign language on the deaf community but also provides the basics of sign language communication.

Start your journey into sign language with us today!

Time 18:00 - 20:30h
Organiser TYD
Location B0107, Forum building

Tuesday | 12 March

08:30-10:00 | Workshop Navigating Polarisation

In a world increasingly divided, mastering the art of navigating polarization is not just a skill—it's a necessity.

Scientists typically don't share personal opinions, but nowadays they are often asked to make clear-cut choices or pick a side, especially online. This pressure is increasing and can be uncomfortable or even feel unsafe.

Remain resilient in a divided field
What should you do when others use your research to support their arguments, sometimes misusing it or for the wrong reasons? What does it take to remain resilient as a scientist in a divided field? These are questions that might be relevant for your future career, but also in daily life right now.

How to recognise and handle polarisation
What happens when you find yourself in the middle of polarisation in your social circle, family or university? While you can't solve it, it can be beneficial to recognise, and understand your role and have tools to deal with polarisation. Join this workshop and learn how to use these tools!

Time 08:30 - 10:00h
Organiser Laura Witlox and Inge Wallage
Location Impulse Innovation
Registration FREE and open to everyone - No registration needed


About the workshop | WUR works closely with polarisation expert and philosopher Bart Brandsma. He has been working on the phenomenon for decades, with his 'Polarisation Thought Construct’ at its core. In 90 minutes we dive into this thought construct.
Read more --> Dealing with Polarisation

**FULL** | 17:30-19:00 | Yoga Workshop

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Join Spectrum's Hatha Yoga session to connect and grow in a space that celebrates all abilities and backgrounds.

Immerse yourself in easy yoga postures, mindful breathing and relaxation designed for everyone, no experience necessary. Let's explore our inner selves and journey together in a welcoming atmosphere. Ready to start?

Come as you are and let's embark on this adventure together.

Time 17:30 - 19:00h
Organiser Spectrum
Location V0031&V0034, Forum building (Ground floor, behind IT DESK)

**FULL** | 17:00-19:00 | We are all CONNECTED!

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Discover the intricate threads that bind us together in this creative knitting workshop

In an engaging session we will unravel the mysteries of our interconnectedness through the craft of crochet and meaningful conversations.

Whether you're a seasoned Knitter- bringing your own hooks and yarn - or a complete beginner eager to learn, there's a place for you. We will guide you.

Leading this creative session is Ruur Boersma, a former student dean and teacher known for her deep understanding of the relationship between humanity and nature, as well as her passion for handcrafts. Don't miss out on this experience that promises to bring hands, hearts and minds together!

Time 17:00 - 19:00h
Organiser One World Week
Location Side Wing Orion (Ground Floor)
Registration Click here

**FULL** | 18:00-21:00 | Buddy to Buddy

What better way to connect & socialise than with live music and traditional homemade food?

For this activity, we are collaborating with Buddy to Buddy Wageningen, a programme that connects Wageningen residents to refugees living in the local Asylum Centers (AZC).

A group of people from the Wageningen AZC will join us to prepare delicious traditional food and share their stories and music.

Activity is FREE and everyone is welcome to join!

Time 18:00 - 21:00h
Organiser One World Week
Location Orion, The Spot (Ground Floor)
Registration Registration is closed

Wednesday | 13 March

**FULL** | 12:30-13:45 | Nice to TEA you!

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Come and join us for a relaxed session of tea tasting where we'll also have the chance to connect with others.

This event is all about enjoying different kinds of tea and spending time in good company. Whether you're a tea enthusiast or simply looking for a pleasant gathering, you're welcome to join us. Sign up and let's enjoy some tea together.

Time 12:30 - 13:30h
Organiser One World Week
Location Forum, V0031 & V0034 (Ground floor, behind IT DESK)
Registration Click here

12:15-13:30 | Inclusive Improv Playground

From the Otherside or Another's Perspective

An improv workshop exploring other's perspectives through improvisational theater. In this workshop you will have a chance to dip your toes into other people's worlds.

We invite you to leave your world view for a moment and try someone else's. Exploring their past, present, and future. Together, we will attempt to answer the question of "how different are we?"

Time 12:30 - 13:30h
Organiser Sarah Brigitte Haimes and the Wageningen Comedy Club
Location FORUM, B0231
Registration Click here

18:00-21:00 | Cultural Fair

The Culture Fair is a vibrant celebration of global heritage and cultural exchange.

A gathering where everyone comes together to explore the rich tapestry of cultures represented at Wageningen. Through interactive exhibits, engaging discussions, and flavorful cuisine, attendees embark on a journey around the world, discovering the unique traditions, customs, and innovations that define each participating country.

The Culture Fair offers a dynamic platform for fostering cross-cultural understanding and appreciation. It's an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of diversity and to unite as a community in the spirit of inclusivity and mutual respect.

Join us at the Culture Fair and experience the world!

Time 18:00 - 21:00h
Organiser One World Week
Location FORUM stage, ground floor
Registration Not necessary, you can come in and join us.

Thursday | 14 March

12:00-14:00 | Mastering Diverse Opinions

How can you engage in a conversation with someone who holds a completely different opinion or world view to yours?

During this debate session, you will learn all about debating, including practical participation. If you would prefer to watch the debate rather than take part, this is also an option.

The general topic of the debate will be the role of developed and developing countries in tackling climate change (reducing GHG emissions), and how this can be done in a fair and inclusive way.

This debate will be friendly and respectful at all times. And there will be enough time afterwards to have an open discussion!

Time 12:00 - 14:00h
Organiser Socrates Debate Club
Location FORUM B0430
Registration Click here


15:30–17:30 | Coping with Loneliness

By Marije Wolthuis – Student Life Coach WUR

If you’re new to Wageningen, or if your close friends and loved ones are far away, loneliness can catch you off guard. Even if you have already established a strong social network in Wageningen, you may feel lonely at times. Many (international) students wrestle with these emotions.

Navigate Loneliness with Resilience
Explore the complexities of loneliness and its underlying causes in this insightful workshop led by Marije Wolthuis, a professional student life coach from WUR. Together we'll share experiences and brainstorm strategies to address this common challenge.

Following the workshop, enjoy a casual drink and chat with fellow students. WUR Peer Coaches will also be available for one-on-one discussions, providing a supportive space for those in need.

Time 15:30 - 17:30h
Organiser ESN & Surf your Stress
Location Global Lounge
Registration Click here

**FULL** | 18:00-22:00 | WURld Rhythm Night

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Come to WURld Rhythm Night! Enjoy an evening of dance and song from WUR students and employees. It's a chance for everyone to share and enjoy each other's creative expressions, whether on stage or in the audience.

Time 18:30 - walk in with food
19:00 - start show - 22:00h End
Organiser ISOW
Location ORION- The Spot
Registration Activity is full, it is not possible to register anymore

Friday | 15 March

*FULL* 12:15-13:45 | Clay workshop

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Explore Your Creativity at 'Express Yourself'!

This event invites students to express themselves through clay and paint. It's a simple yet powerful way to convey your thoughts and feelings, no matter your skill level. Join us to experiment with art and enjoy a relaxed, creative session. Sign up now to participate!

Time 12:15-13:45
Organiser One World Week
Location FORUM, B0317
Registration Activity is full, it is not possible to register anymore

18:00-20:00 | Engage and Embrace

Dive into an interactive experience with short films on diversity and inclusion, sparking lively discussions among peers.

It's an opportunity to not just watch, but to actively participate and connect, deepening your insight into diversity and inclusion.

Time 18:00 - 20:00h
Organiser One World Week
Location Forum, B103
Registration Click here


19:30-22:00 | SHOUT Gender Playground

The door of theatre the Wilde Wereld opens to let you into a playground full of nail polish, makeup, moustaches, clothes and accessories. Come play in our gender playground and find out that you always wanted to try or explore the clothes racks and go out for your comfort zone.

If you want to cross-dress, gender blend or explore new looks within your own gender all is fine, as long as you have fun and feel beautiful. To make it a night to remember a photographer will be available to take your pictures on the runway.

No registration needed, so bring your friends and let’s play.

Time 19:30 - 22:00h
Organiser SHOUT
Location Theater de Wilde Wereld

16:00-19:00 | Masterchef Cook-Off

Embracing Diversity Through Food

This event, in collaboration with Boerengroep and Spectrum and guided by talented Vegan Chef Marta Vallve Odena, focuses on cooking with local ingredients and encourages diversity, inclusion, and self-expression.
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to learn more about the event.

Whether you're cooking or watching, it's an opportunity to connect and share in the joy of food. Join us to explore culinary creativity in a welcoming environment.

Sign up to participate or to be part of the audience

Time 16:00 - 19:00h
Organiser Boerengroep Boerengroep & Spectrum
Location Global Lounge
Registration Click here

Stories from the WURworld

Everyone has a story to tell, a lesson to teach and wisdom to share. One World Week is about connecting and creating understanding.

Read the stories from the students from Wageningen University & Research, to get inspired and feel connected.