Chief Diversity Officer Anne de Graaf is supported by the CDO-team (Chief Diversity Officer-team). The team works together intensively to achieve the goals formulated under 'goals'.
Tarim has been involved with initiatives and organisations dedicated to strengthening the position of vulnerable societal groups in the Netherlands since 2013. From Tarim’s own experiences as a queer transgender person of Dutch-Senegalese origin, they have mainly dedicated themselves to anti-racism and addressing cis- and heteronormativity. Since April 2018, they have been working as a Researcher/Educator for the CDO team. During their studies in Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, they have focused on how the exclusion and suppression of vulnerable people is shaped by colonial culture. As a student of a research Master in Archaeology, Heritage and Memory, and as Researcher/ Educator of the CDO team, Tarim hopes to contribute to a widespread awareness at the UvA regarding exclusion and discrimination, as well as how we can take action through learning to deal with differences in a respectful way. Within the team, Tarim is responsible for mapping different discussions and perspectives regarding diversity within the UvA, for the development of a shared and respectful vocabulary to make difference discussable, and for exploring various possibilities to support critical students and staff who work on diversity-related issues.
Fatima was born in Alkmaar, she currently lives in Amsterdam and is of Moroccan origin. She has a background in Social Work & Service at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA), and she studies General Social Studies at the UvA. In addition to her coursework, Fatima has been active in the ,Education Committee and as a board member at Amsterdam United, which is a superdiverse platform at the UvA.
Since 2006, diversity has become an important topic for Fatima, one that she engages in as part of her studies, her professional life, as well as her private life. In April 018, Fatima became part of the CDO team as Researcher/ Educator. Her role within the team includes coordinating the peer-to-peer academic mentoring program ADP (Academic Diversity Program), which aims to create a space wherein the unique characteristics of each student are fully appreciated. Through focusing on the intersectionality of gender, culture, ethnicity, religion, mental and physical health, as well as socioeconomic background, Fatima hopes to add depth, understanding and relativisation to the ongoing conversation on diversity. From her own life and experiences, Fatima aims to function as a role model and experiential expert supporting students from diverse backgrounds to develop themselves to their full potential.
For Fatima, diversity is a given, one that enables people to connect to and inspire each other; it is with this motivation that the Academic Diversity Program was established.
Alfrida was born and raised on Bonaire. Since 2015, she has been part of various grassroot organisations dedicated to the democratization and decolonisation of education, including the University of Colour, New Urban Collective and Diversity Forum (formerly Diversity Contact Group).
Within this network consisting of students, activists, and lecturers, she strives for inclusive and decolonial education. As an Afro-Bonairian woman, she is able to transform her personal experiences facing discrimination, racism and colonialism into valuable knowledge for her work. Alfie is currently finishing her Masters degree in Media Studies at the UvA. She is specializing in Digital Humanities and has a particular interest in how social media can be used to create ‘safe’ spaces for support, healing and decolonial education.
Alfrida has been working with the CDO team since April 2018. Her tasks as Researcher/ Educator include conducting research on inclusive education practices, diversity literacy and tracking systems that can be used to enhance diversity and inclusivity at the UvA. She is also responsible for organising monthly events such as discussion evenings and panel discussions (the first such event is scheduled for November 2018).
Nini is Dutch but grew up in Switzerland. She graduated from Amsterdam University College (AUC), where she studied International Relations and International Law/ Legal Philosophy.
During her studies, she developed her passion for diversity and equal rights. In 2016, she co-founded the non-profit organization Right2Education, which provides language classes for refugees in Amsterdam and simultaneously stimulates their social integration. As a former management member of AUC, Chief Diversity Officer Anne de Graaf has been a crucial factor in the success of Right2Education.
Partly through these experiences, Nini has gained much knowledge about the development of new projects and initiatives, as well as learning the value of effective communication with different stakeholders.
She has been part of the CDO team since January 2018, and she sees the work as a unique opportunity to contribute to fundamental change. In her function as Researcher/ Educator, she supports the CDO in various administrative, organizational and communication tasks. Furthermore, she has been responsible for several projects; currently, she is predominantly working on coordinating homework coaching initiatives connected to the UvA, developing policy advice and raising awareness regarding career barrierses for woman researchers, and the creation of a CDO blog.
Inez has been the assistant to Anne de Graaf since November 1st, 2017. She performs a wide variety of tasks, including policy and organisational activities, intensive agenda management, writing and revising texts, translating English - Dutch, providing the Diversity Team with logistical support, etc.
nez studied Spanish Linguistics & Literature (UU) and has been employed by Amsterdam University since 2008, where she has held various positions.