The Chief Diversity Officer Team
The team of the Chief Diversity Officer of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) was established in April 2018. Each of us is very passionate about the topic of diversity and inclusion, and we are continuously working towards making the UvA a safer and more welcoming place.
Anne de Graaf
Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Anne de Graaf has been the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) since November 2017. Her roles include helping drive the process of cultural change at the UvA toward greater equity, diversity and inclusion. As CDO she is charged with identifying, stimulating, creating and facilitating initiatives both inside and outside the institution; including, for example, her advice on competency-based hiring processes for the UvA but also for the VSNU and read more
Agathe joined the CDO team in September 2019 to work on improving social safety at the UvA In the past two years, as a UvA student, she set up the Stichting Our Bodies Our Voice, to help improve sexual violence prevention and awareness within universities in the Netherlands. Alongside the three other directors of Our Bodies Our Voice, she helped organize and deliver workshops at the UvA in the past year. Now, as an UvA alumna and current employee, she will work on strengthening social safety of students and staff.
Alfrida (Alfie) has been working with the CDO team since April 2018. Her tasks as Researcher/Educator include teaching and promoting inclusive education practices, diversity literacy and workshops on implicit bias. She also organizes diversity-related events at the UvA. As an Afro-Bonairian woman, she is able to transform her personal experiences facing racism and colonialism into valuable knowledge for her work. Since April 2015, Alfrida has been part of various bottom-up groups advocatingread more
Fatima has been part of the CDO team since April 2018, where she coordinates projects for student engagement and student wellbeing. The projects are, amongst others, the Academic Diversity Program (ADP), the Grassroots Funds, Diversity & Inclusion Community lunches, and the Get Ready Summerschool. Fatima is originally from Morocco and has a lot of personal experience with the topic of diversity and inclusion. read more
Janissa joined the CDO team in August 2019 as management assistant to Anne de Graaf. Her tasks include strategic advice, administrative activities, facilitating workshops, and providing the Diversity Team with logistics and planning support. In her role, she co-facilitates tailored diversity workshops with Alfrida Martis for UvA students and staff. Prior to this, she specialized in business development and strategy at a global leadership advisory firm.read more
Thea van Schoot
Thea will be helping in policy design, incorporating diversity policy within the UvA structures. At the moment, she is focusing on breaking the glass ceiling, both within faculties and from a centralized approach.