The European Action Week against Racism takes place each year in March.
During the 2021 Week against Racism, 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 presented a rich programme of events for UvA and AUAS students and staff. This included a wide variety of music, spoken word, storytelling, lectures and workshops, with plenty of room for dialogue.
The CDO team is committed to diversity, inclusion and equity within the university. During the 2021 week the theme was: 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 necessary. Community care recognizes that we don't all have equal access to time and money, which are the main resources needed for care. It reminds us that as human beings, we are interdependent. In other words, please don't forget the people around you.
Workshop leaders: Alfrida Martis and Janissa Jacobs
This workshop is an introductory training on diversity, inclusion and intersectionality. Participants are introduced to various diversity topics, frameworks and theory, so they gain basic knowledge in order to be able to talk more knowledgably about diversity. Themes that are covered include implicit bias, good practices, resource-sharing, allyship, power dynamics and diversity literacy.
Speakers: Meltem Halaceli, Fabienne Batista Morais, Josefien van Marlen
Moderator: Mahutin Awunou
The workshop 'Inclusive perspectives on higher education' was developed by SeSi and the CDO team. Please join our conversation about the importance of projects that contribute to a safe and inclusive learning environment, where there is room for an intersectional perspective on education. What difference can student noise make? What steps are needed for inclusive education? And what is the added value of participating in a pathway where your different identities are given space?
Workshop leader: Dr Olav Aarts
Languages: English and Dutch
This workshop consists of a semi-guided meditation. Meditation and yoga connect people and are for everyone. Following a short introduction, we will practice meditating, and afterwards there will be time for questions and discussion.
Workshop leader: Abigail Koopmans and Esma Curuk
The purpose of this workshop is to increase awareness about the wide variety of identities and backgrounds. We do this by means of the 19 'Diversity cards'. These help create a space for sharing stories, and the openness to discuss similarities and differences. In this way we achieve a more inclusive and equitable awareness, at individual, team and organisational levels. Narratives enable us to see into each other’s worlds of the Other, where we share differences, as well as similarities.
There is no greater power than love! Love has the ability to heal the world. Love is pure and decent, innocent and true. This conversation is about embracing your identity and increasing your authenticity and self-love. In this way you can create your own life within the system, which may not yet be ready to recognize and support us as such.
Workshop leader: Janissa Jacobs
This workshop is about poetry for diversity and inclusion. Participants are encouraged to use poetry and creative writing as an outlet to explore racism and discrimination and as a source of healing. There are no rules in creative writing, so this workshop is about sharing stories and expressing your voice.
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Languages: English and Dutch
Each of us has a story - stories about where we come from and where we are heading. A good story connects us, makes us look into the mirror of our humanity and helps us express common values.
'If you don’t see that your story matters, chances are no one else will either. So even though it isn’t always easy, it’s important for you to find the strength to share your truth. Because the world needs to hear it.' - Michelle Obama