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Chief Diversity Officer

Anne de Graaf is UvA's Chief Diversity Officer. Together with Diversity Officers from each faculty, she is a key player in shaping diversity policy at the UvA while working to promote equality, inclusion and diversity within the university. The Chief Diversity Officer is appointed for a term of three years. In September 2020, her appointment was extended for another three years.

Anne de Graaf Chief Diversity Officer UvA

Dr. Anne de Graaf has been the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) since November 2017. Her roles include helping drive the process of cultural change at the UvA toward greater equity, diversity and inclusion. As CDO she is charged with identifying, stimulating, creating and facilitating initiatives both inside and outside the institution; including, for example, her advice on competency-based hiring processes for the UvA but also for the VSNU and Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Anne is currently also a Senior Lecturer at Amsterdam University College (AUC), where she teaches Human Rights Human Security and Peace Lab. She was formerly Head of Studies, Academic Core, as well as Diversity & Outreach Coordinator at AUC. Anne holds a PhD in International Relations; her research focuses on peace and conflict studies, particularly the role of youth, voice and agency.


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Dr A.M. (Anne) de Graaf

Executive Staff

Diversity Team

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

  • Fatima Kamal - researcher/educator
    Fatima Kamal CDO team UvA

    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, Diversity & Inclusion Community lunches, 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.

  • Alfrida (Alfie) Martis - researcher/educator
    Alfrida (Alfie) Martis CDO team UvA

    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 more a decolonial and democratic educational system, such as University of Colour, New Urban Collective, and Diversity Forum. She is currently finishing her Master's 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.

  • Agathe Cherbit-Langer - researcher/educator
    Agathe Cherbit-Langer CDO team UvA

    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.

  • Janissa Jacobs - management assistent
    Janissa Jacobs CDO team UvA

    Janissa joined the CDO team in August 2019 as management assistant to Anne de Graaf. Her tasks include strategic advice, administrative activities, facilitating workshops, and providing the Diversity Team with logistic and planning support. In her role, she co-facilitates tailored diversity workshops with Alfrida Martis for UvA students and staff.

    Prior to this, she specialized in business development and strategy at a global leadership advisory firm. Janissa has a MSc in International Public Management and Policy and she speaks Dutch, English, Spanish and Papiamentu; sometimes at the same time. As an avid lover of poetry, literature, and writing; Janissa is interested in exploring the role of creative outlets as a tool for healing past pain and trauma. Janissa goes by she and her pronouns.

  • Thea van Schoot - senior policy advisor
    Thea van Schoot UvA

    Drs. Thea van Schoot is senior policy advisor of the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Team at the University of Amsterdam. Thea has a degree in Educational Sciences. She has been working at the UvA for more than 20 years. She has held various positions with particular emphasis on education policy and organization management. In recent years, she has focused particularly on intensive educational cooperation between the two universities in Amsterdam: the Vrije Universiteit (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). In 2018, she became part of the team of the Chief Diversity Officer. Within the team she is the contact person for the HRM department and she is (co) initiator for strengthening the LGBTQI+ community within the UvA. The aim is that everyone feels welcome, at home and safe at the UvA.