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The Diversity Document sets out various objectives. Measures to achieve these include the deployment of Diversity Officers.

Central Diversity Officer and Faculty Diversity Officers

In 2017, the Executive Board appointed a Central Diversity OfficerExternal link (CDO) and team. Central Diversity Officer Machiel KeestraExternal link took up the post in February 2022. Each faculty also has its own Faculty Diversity Officer. Learn more about the UvA's Faculty Diversity Officers.External link

Initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion

The role of Diversity Officer includes a range of responsibilities, such as identifying, promoting, creating and implementing initiatives in and outside of the UvA. Examples include mentoring programmes. And did you know the CDO also has a Grassroots FundExternal link? The fund makes one-off grants available to students with an idea to promote equality, diversity and inclusion. Because we believe it takes all of us to create a university that is accessible for everyone.

Liaison with councils, networks and communities

Each and every one of us is needed and each and every one of us counts. That is why the CDO liaises closely with the Central Student Council, the Central Works Council and various networks and communities. The CDO also maintains close contacts with a number of external networks and partners, including the National Diversity Officers Consultative Committee (Landelijk Overleg Diversity Officers, LanDO), the League of European Research Universities (LERU) External linkand the national expertise centre for diversity policy ECHOExternal link

Other responsibilities of Diversity Officers

Other responsibilities of Diversity Officers include:

  • proposing and supporting concrete measures and steps for research institutes and Graduate Schools;
  • driving the cultural change process required to tackle specific issues;
  • keeping board members, their units and the institution as a whole up to speed regarding these issues;
  • acting as an expert within the institution and providing advice on diversity and inclusion.

The Central Diversity Officer is not responsible for policymaking, nor are the Faculty Diversity Officers. Responsibility for the implementation and execution of the measures is retained by the Executive Board and the deans.


We want to offer staff and students a safe space to express their thoughts on the topic of diversity. You can get in touch via diversity@uva.nlExternal link at any time and you can remain anonymous if you wish.