About this event


  • Corinna Horst, Senior Fellow & Deputy Director, Brussels Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States


  • Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality


  • Adam Bodnar, Commissioner for Human Rights, Republic of Poland (MMF 2013)
  • Alfiaz Vaiya, CoFounder, Equinox Racial Justice Initiative (MMF 2019)
  • Pirkko Mahlamaki, Executive Committee Member, European Disability Forum (EDF)
  • Presilia Mpanu Mpanu, Cabinet of Commissioner Helena Dalli, European Commission


  • Anna Mulrine Grobe, Brussels Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor

The year 2020 was a challenging one with the coronavirus pandemic impacting multiple economic sectors and social communities at different levels, putting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) at risk. For the past few years, the European Commission has been promoting DE&I and pushed for anti-discrimination legislation in order to make the EU more equal.  

With the Black Lives Matter movement striking a chord in Europe along with the ever-present threat of the far right, citizens are pushing for a more just EU. To reinforce the EU’s DE&I efforts, May 2021 has been proclaimed Diversity Month by the European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli. However, how can the European project unify communities at a time of polarization and identity politics?  

To mark the end of the EU-funded project Brussels Binder Beyond (BBBeyond), GMF in collaboration with The Brussels Binder brings together experts and changemakers to explore this question and share their experience and lessons learned. The panel will also analyze the role that civil society and institutions can play in ensuring an already diverse EU is more equitable and inclusive. 

Join us for this virtual panel to discover insights and solutions from experts and changemakers on how we can build a society that is truly committed to the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sabrine Dao at [email protected]