Following on the successful session on Gender Equality in the 7th Cambridge-UTokyo Symposium in 2022, in this session we will continue to explore the topic of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. The University of Tokyo and the University of Cambridge are both committed to equality of opportunity and the promotion of an inclusive culture and the value of diversity. In this session, colleagues will introduce ED&I related research, activities and initiatives of the two universities, and will discuss how ED&I can be improved in our campuses and societies both from an academic perspective and from an administrative perspective. It aims to increase our understanding and awareness of ED&I and explore opportunities for engagement and collaboration.

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Lauren Wilcox

Associate Professor
University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies

Lauren Wilcox is Director of the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, and a Fellow of Selwyn College. She has published widely on gender, race, and sexuality in International Relations. She won a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize for Politics and International Relations in 2018. Her forthcoming book is War Beyond the Human: Gender, Race, and Political Violence in a Posthuman Age.


Shinichiro Kumagaya

Associate Professor
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST)
The University of Tokyo

Shinichiro Kumagaya, M.D., Ph.D. is an associate professor at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, Japan. He received M.D. from the University of Tokyo in 2001. From 2001 to 2002, he was a pediatric resident at The University of Tokyo Hospital. From 2002 to 2004, he was a general pediatrician at Chiba-Nishi General Hospital. From 2004 to 2005, he was a pediatric cardiologist at
Saitama Medical University Hospital. In 2009, he joined the University of Tokyo. His research interests include Tojisha-Kenkyu, pediatrics, developmental sciences and disability studies.

Ndunge Kivuitu

Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)
University of Cambridge

Ndunge Kivuitu currently holds the position of Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) at Cambridge University.
Ndunge commenced her career in the Higher Education (HE) sector, at the University of East London where she was involved in a number of notable diversity projects, such as Barking & Dagenham Council’s innovative ‘Shifting Public Perceptions’ short films and supporting delivery programme. She subsequently transitioned to the public sector working with a range of Public Authorities over a 14-year period. Earlier this year she moved back to her higher education roots after securing the post with Cambridge University.
As an EDI professional and specialist, she considers her strengths to lie in the areas of EDI leadership strategies, legislation and horizon scanning, performance management, mainstreaming and inclusive community/stakeholder engagement. She is particularly conscious of the need for a thoroughly proactive approach and the need to champion innovation and new, fresh perspectives and solutions. One of the greatest strengths that she has demonstrated throughout her career has been effective engagement and working with stakeholders to tackle issues of disparity, social injustice and inequity.
This is demonstrated in the work that she conceived and led to establish the ‘Basildon Side by Side’ social movement, which has since matured in to one of the most innovative community-public authority partnerships in the country. She also has a passion for the development of minority-led and grass root organisations and helping them to access public sector funding to deliver innovative and community based projects and initiatives.
Ndunge has also held a number of public appointments such as Diversity advisor to Essex Police and a co-founder of Basildon Pride

Yuki Honda

Graduate School of Education
The University of Tokyo

Prof. Honda’s specialty is sociology of education. She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Tokyo with a thesis on the youth labor market in Japan. She was a researcher at the Japan Institute of Labour, where she conducted research on the job market for new graduates from universities and high schools. She moved then to the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Tokyo as an associate professor of sociology. She joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Education in 2007. She has published papers and books about changes in the relations between education, work, and family in Japan.

Rachel Oliver

Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy
University of Cambridge

Prof Rachel Oliver is a materials scientist, inventor and spinout founder, and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride. Her passion for understanding and engineering the small-scale structure of semiconductor materials to enable new technologies has been recognised in 2021 by the award of a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering and her selection as an IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer. Rachel was until recently an Equality and Diversity Champion for the University of Cambridge School of Physical Sciences and has addressed the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee on equity issues.