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Evelien died on May 27, 2011

In 2005 Evelien was diagnosed with brain tumor. Since then she had three brain surgeries and several treatments. During this period she fought for life, for her life and for her mission: better policy and practice in the field of diversity and intercultural communication. Until 2010 she was active as a trainer and advisor.
Sadly, Evelien died on May 27, 2011 of the effects of the disease.

Simon Runia, husband of Evelien

What is Diavers ?

Diavers is an initiative of Evelien van Asperen (PhD)(1957). Evelien is researcher, consultant and trainer in the field of intercultural communication. She is working for Pharos, a centre of expertise on refugees, migrants and health.
Her main publication is Intercultural Communication & Ideology, first published in Dutch as her thesis at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands.
Evelien van Asperen

The purpose of the Diavers initiative is to share and make available the acquired knowledge and experience in interculturalisation, communication and policy development.

Diavers approaches intercultural communication and policy from a human rights perspective in the field of community development and international co-operation.

Diavers applies a method in which the focus is on people's attitude. This attitude is influenced by the meaning people attribute to situations and phenomena. Those meanings influence behaviour.
Diavers makes use of an analytical framework of diversity (Van Asperen 2003), to analyse and improve interpersonal co-operation. The framework is based on an analysis of the intercultural paradox. More information on this can be found in Intercultural Communication & Ideology .


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