As one of our defining pillars, 020 aims to discuss problems and solutions to diversity and inclusion within the UvA.

As quite a diverse party ourselves, we advocate for accountability and change throughout the university experience to maintain the UvA’s diversity. This includes staff diversity, student inclusion and representation, diverse literature, racial awareness, and providing a platform for those concerned with these issues.

In the proposals below, we have conducted extensive research on current UvA policies and procedures while outlining our suggestions for improvement. In doing so, we have also included policy suggestions designed to provide a diverse and inclusive experience for all students at the UvA and staff.

A hands-on approach to improving the UVA

What will 020 change to improve diversity and promote inclusion at the UvA?

1

Non-white Student Advisory Position

020 proposes that the UvA expands the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) team with a non-white student advisory position. In doing so, the UvA would increase inclusion within the university itself.

2

Racism Workshop

The UvA staff should attend a racism workshop to improve the relationship between the faculty and the non-white student body. 020 strongly believes that this would increase inclusion by reducing racism.

Non-white Advisory Position

The Problem

As it currently stands, there is a lack of adequate oversight of the university’s diversity policies.

As pointed in the 2019–2020 policy plan, the audit of the university’s policies relies on a biannual student survey and a cross-reference of enrollment statistics with a governmental agency. We find the lack of a non-white student representative troubling. The university of Amsterdam is drafting policies disconnected from the very people they are meant to empower and protect.

The Solution

020 proposes that the university expand the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) team with a non-white student advisory position.

This inclusion will be the beginning of a series of measures to nurture and improve its relationship and student body. Being the representative would entail shadowing the Overlegvergaderingen (OV), whenever the representative deems the agenda concerns diversity at the UvA. Also, it would bring any significant matter the representative so chooses, permitting that the discussion does not relate to too sensitive information. It will also be a requirement to schedule monthly ‘town halls’, which reflect the advisor’s activities of the preceding month. During this process, the advisor will be held accountable by those in attendance to ensure accountability.

 

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Racism Workshop

The Problem

As it currently stands, the racism awareness workshops for staff are optional.

The non-white student body has raised concerns over the lack of enforced awareness training for staff. 020 strongly believes that this is a serious matter the UvA must consider as a crucial problem immediately.

The Solution

020 stands for inclusivity and progress. Therefore, requiring staff to attend a racism workshop before starting at the UvA would help improve the relationship between the faculty and the non-white student body.

To ensure that every student has a favourable experience at the UvA, we must enforce this much-needed program. Likewise, many institutions have mandatory anti-racism training initiatives, such as University College Boulder, Duke University, and Harvard University. Besides, they highlight the importance of action and 020 aims to ensure that the UvA does not remain behind. The programs within these workshops will consist of racial-bias training. Also, they will cover potential ‘micro-aggressions that might inadvertently lead to dissatisfaction within the non-white student body.

020 has created this policy in response to the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur’s perceived inadequacies on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. The report stated that within Dutch universities, “professors lack the tools and the language effectively to confront racism on their campuses, and their universities are in general ill-equipped even to address the most blatant racist expressions”. Therefore, the mandatory awareness workshop’s content will focus on preparing incoming faculty with the necessary tools to confront racism. Likewise, this policy is based upon the already established workshops offered at the UvA and delivered by Stichting Our Bodies Our Voice (OBOV). It seeks to expand its impact by making the program mandatory for staff. These awareness programs will target such potentialities among the staff members and the academic environment. Also, ensuring that no one at the UvA, whether student or staff, will have to endure racial insensitivity.

 

Interested in the way 020 will implement these sustainability policies and what the costs of that will be? Reach out to our Policy and Research Team!

Written by: Richard, Abigail & Antonio