Statement against sexual violence at the UvA

The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) team and Faculty Diversity Officers are deeply appalled by the structural power abuse and power dynamics within the UvA which protect perpetrators rather than victims-survivors. We see these events not as isolated cases, but as part of a larger pattern of structural violence, power abuse and gaslighting of victims-survivors after … Continue reading Statement against sexual violence at the UvA

Racism: The other global pandemic – academia is not immune

By the Chief Diversity Officer Team University of Amsterdam students and staff have been speaking out against racism and have joined the protests and manifestations last week. The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) team is asking the UvA community not to stay silent. Silence condones. Police brutality and anti-Black violence cannot be tolerated. The Chief Diversity … Continue reading Racism: The other global pandemic – academia is not immune

Student mentors are here for you!

For many students, especially vulnerable students, this unsettling pandemic situation can be very stressful and lonely. The mentors of ADP (Academic Diversity Program) want to offer support and listening space for these students and are therefore offering weekly online meet-ups; Every Wednesday, 13:00-15:00. These meet-ups are open for all UvA students, from all programs and faculties, to meet with … Continue reading Student mentors are here for you!

Diversity 2.0

By Chief Diversity Officer Anne de Graaf Two years into this highly politicized job and the level of resistance is shifting. I welcome everybody’s feedback and am using it in constructive ways. On the one hand there are people who see any change, let alone change that concerns diversity equity, and inclusion—as a threat. There … Continue reading Diversity 2.0

Speak out against racism and discrimination toward Asian students and staff

This is a statement by the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Team and the Central Student Council (CSR) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) denouncing the recent rise in discrimination against Asian students and staff as a result of the spread of the new coronavirus. We call on all staff, students and members of the UvA … Continue reading Speak out against racism and discrimination toward Asian students and staff

On ‘Brick Walls’, ‘Ghosts’, and Other Feminist Dilemmas: Anger, Psychic Institutional Pain and Silencing in Academia

Shirley Anne Tate (Professor, University of Alberta) This event is co-sponsored by ARC-GS and the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) team. Date 14 February 2020 Time 14:00 - 17:00 I am a ‘wounded body stranger’ (Tate and Wahidin 2014) removed from myself so I do not feel psychic pain. However, pain emerges and I use it … Continue reading On ‘Brick Walls’, ‘Ghosts’, and Other Feminist Dilemmas: Anger, Psychic Institutional Pain and Silencing in Academia