Your Virtual Learning Hub for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

What is Xenolearn?

We want to make the world safer for human differences.

Xenolearn is a virtual learning hub for diveresity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is to make the world safer for human differences. We do so through our virtual learning hub, our book club, our podcast, our classes and coaching. 



Everyone can learn about diversity, equity and inclusion at Xenolearn, and how to put them into practice. Our services are designed to appeal to the different learning styles: visual (Learning Hub), auditory (The Xenolearn Podcast), reading/writing (Book Club), and kinesthetic (Courses).

What We Do

Everyone can learn about diversity, equity and inclusion at Xenolearn, and how to put them into practice!

Resources Hub

We have over 1,500 resources listen
in our learning hub!
From lesson plans for teachers, to diverse book recommendations, we make it easy to practice diversity, equity and inclusion.

Book Clubs

We read non-fiction books on the subjects of diversity, equity and inclusion, antiracism, or identity celebration.
Our Book Club has raised over €500 for organizations related to our books so far!


Tune in every Wednesday to hear change-makers and leaders, as they share their stories and answer the question:
“If you could teach the next generation one thing, what would it be?”


As of March 1st, 2021, we are proud to launch our course: Becoming a More Inclusive Family. This course is for any family that wants to raise children that value diversity, inclusion and belonging.

What does Xenolearn mean?

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Xeno: from the Greek word for “stranger”, “foreigner”, “other”.

learn: the English word “to gain knowledge”.


Xenolearn: a word we invited that means “to learn about the other”.

We want to create a safe space where people can learn about others, from others.

◄ Listen to the video to hear the pronunciation!

Our Mission

Our mission is to make the world safer for human differences. We want everyone to feel the freedom to be themselves and celebrate their uniqueness, without judgment, consequences or condemnation.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world in which human differences – different skin colours, ethnicities, nationalities, cultures, beliefs, languages, incomes, and physical abilities – are respected, accepted, and celebrated.

Our Values

We value human differences, in all their forms.
We value belonging, diversity, equity and inclusion.
And we value solidarity, and supporting each other on the path to liberation and the fight against oppression.

Meet Our Team

Claire Leunissen

Founder and Director

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Claire is the Founder of Xenolearn, a virtual learning hub for diversity. Ever since she was a kid, Claire has always wondered what it would be like to wake up in another person’s shoes. This curiosity inspired her to study International Development and graduate with a Master of Science in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam. She has 8 years of teaching and facilitation experience.



She lives in the Netherlands with her partner where she loves to cycle to the market, read books,  and cook delicious food. 


Ashley Williams

Podcast Research Assistant

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Ashley Williams is a volunteer research assistant at Xenolearn. She began volunteering at Xenolearn with the intention of expanding her network, only to discover that she has a passion for diversity.

As a woman of colour and a first-generation Canadian, she believes that human differences should be celebrated and placed on display to admire. Ashley spends her free time knitting various crafts, and reading

Karthika Cobben

Education Research Assistant

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Karthika is first and foremost a curious person. She finds joy in gaining new knowledge and skills that help her to understand and navigate the world a little better.  As a queer bi-cultural woman, she is was intrigued and challenged by the environment in which she grew up.


She studies Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. She wants to apply her academic to creating tools for social impact and raising awareness of inequalities concerning: race, gender, class, sexuality, and how these intersect.

We are new and growing. We'd love for you to join our team!

Reach out to us by emailing xenolearnbookclub[at]gmail.com.

Our Business Model

Xenolearn is a nonprofit company.
Like a company, we make money. Like a nonprofit,
after covering costs and wages, we reinvest all
profits into organizations that advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion education.

Our Philosphy

Xenolearn is founded on the principle of cultural humility: to humbly reflect on one’s own personal and systemic biases, and to recognize oneself as a learner when it comes to understanding an other’s experience.

Our Methodology

Xenolearn draws on Anthropology, Sociology,
Psychology and Pedagogy, and Liberating Structures.
We strive to ground academic theory on diversity, equity and inclusion into practical and useful tools for everyone.

Our Vision

We want to live in a world that loves, rather than fear. We want to live in a world that treats all human beings as equals, worthy of dignity, respect, and rights. We want this world to think as the collective “we” rather than divide into groups of “us” and “them”.



We know such a world is possible because many people already live this way. Respecting others, celebrating pluralism, and believing in the collective “we” is a mindset that can be learned, and we have the tools to teach it.

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