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Social safety: links to initiatives and organisations

The UvA should be a safe environment in which to study and work, where there is no room for undesirable behaviour such as discrimination, bullying, exclusion, aggression and (sexual) harassment. Have you experienced undesirable behaviour or an unsafe situation and do you need support? The social safety support guide lists various people and organisations you can turn to as a student. You can also contact a confidential adviser.

Within the UvA

  • The Student Disability Platform is made up of students with a disability who want to jointly ensure that every student has the chance to get as much out of their studies as possible without experiencing any obstacles from the UvA arising from their disability.
  • UvA Pride is a social network, platform for knowledge and emancipation movement for the LGBTQ+ community.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) team is committed to helping create more inclusive university dedicated to social justice and characterised by equality, inclusion as well as diversity. Each of the faculties also has its own Faculty Diversity Officer.

Outside the UvA

  • Are things just not going great? You can reach out for support via chat or phone at allesok.nl/en. For anyone aged 18-24.
  • The website www.genderpraatjes.nl invites you to talk about your gender identity if there is anything you have questions or concerns about. You can chat, call and email (please note the website is in Dutch).
  • Diversity Talks is committed to making higher education more diverse and inclusive. You can participate in various projects or events that promote an inclusive culture and stimulate students' awareness  and personal development (please note the website is in Dutch).
  • Veilig Thuis provides advice, support and for reporting domestic violence and child abuse. For yourself, but also if you are concerned about the safety of someone else (please note the website is in Dutch).

Specifically relating to sexual behaviour and experiences

  • The Sexual Assault Center offers professional help to anyone who has recently experienced an unwanted sexual experience.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) team works with CARE Amsterdam, an initiative that provides support for students and staff, including weekly support groups for survivors of sexual violence. 
  • Sense is a website for young people about sex. There may be a lot on there that you already know, but some parts may still be helpful for everyone, such as 'Gone too far?'
  • At Rutgers you can find more Dutch-language information on topics related to sexual health. The underlying principle being that every person can experience their  sexuality in a consensual, enjoyable and safe manner.
  • The website https://www.watkanmijhelpen.nl/ is a Dutch government website that provides information on how you can find help if you have had a bad sexual experience. (The website is in Dutch.)

These pages are continually updated. If you have ideas or want to add something you can email regieSV@uva.nl.

Do you need support?

Are you dealing with an unsafe situation and do you need help? The social safety support guide lists various people and organisations you can turn to as a student. You can also contact a confidential adviser.