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CDO Mission & Vision

For a detailed description of the CDO mission and vision statements, as well as the related objectives and activities, please consult the UvA Diversity Website.


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)

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Anne has been the Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) starting in November 2017. She is also a lecturer and former Diversity & Outreach Coordinator at the Amsterdam University College (AUC). She holds a PhD in international relations, whereby her research focuses on peace and conflict studies and especially the voice of youth. She is also an award-winning author of over 80 books for which she has frequently traveled to post-conflict areas.

Agathe Cherbit-Langer (Researcher/ Educator)

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 Martis (Researcher/ Educator)

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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 advocating a decolonial and democratic educational system, such as University of Colour, New Urban Collective, and Diversity Forum. She is currently finishing her Masters degree in Media Studies at the UvA. She is specializing in the Digital Humanities and writing her MA thesis on algorithmic oppression and the silencing of Afro-Dutch activists on Facebook.

Fatima Kamal (Researcher/ Educator)

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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, Stress Less meditation lessons, and the Get Ready Summerschool. Fatima is originally from Morocco and has a lot of personal experience with the topic of diversity and inclusion. She studied Social Work at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the UvA. She has also been active in the Education Committee and as a board member of Amsterdam United.

Janissa Jacobs (Management Assistant)

Janissa is the management assistant to Anne de Graaf, starting August 2019. Her tasks include policy advice, administrative activities, facilitating workshops, and providing the Diversity Team with logistic and planning support. Janissa joins us from Spencer Stuart, where she brings over five years of experience from the leadership advisory and recruitment industry, specializing in business development and strategy. Janissa has a Master’s in International Public Management and Policy and speaks Dutch, English, Spanish and Papiamentu.

Thea van Schoot (Policy Advisor)

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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.