Join the European Action Week against Racism

Dear Members of the UvA Community,

The European Action Week against Racism takes place from 15-19 March. The UvA Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) team, in cooperation with the SeSi Community Center of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), Pakhuis de Zwijger, and Comité 21 maart are presenting an enriching program of several events throughout this week.

You are warmly invited to attend any of the (online) events, including a wide variety of music, spoken word, storytelling, livestreams, lectures and workshops, with plenty of room for dialogue. The highlight of the week will be on Thursday 18 March, where Mpho Tutu van Furth will be gracing us with her presence. Mpho Tutu van Furth is an Anglican priest, speaker, writer, theologian, artist, mother and youngest daughter of the world-renowned South African archbishop and human rights activist, Desmond Tutu, who fought with Nelson Mandela against apartheid.

For more information, please click here for English and here for Dutch

We are stronger together
The CDO team is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity within the university. This year’s theme for the European Action Week against Racism is: We are stronger together: We lift each other up when we care for our community. This is because self-care is not enough on its own; a shift toward community care is also indispensable. Community care recognizes that we do not all have equal access to time and money, which impact our ability to receive and give care. It reminds us that as human beings we are interdependent. It is a good time to remind ourselves to look after those around us. We hope the events planned during this European Action Week against Racism will uplift and inspire, bringing us all closer together.

Feel free to share this invitation with others who might be interested. If you have any questions or ideas you’d like to share, please contact Raisa Sambo (, Project Leader with the Chief Diversity Officer team.

Kind Regards,

Anne de Graaf
Chief Diversity Officer
University of Amsterdam

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