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Last modified on 31-10-2022
If you are experiencing undesirable behaviour, you can contact any UvA confidential adviser no matter which faculty you are enrolled at. 
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You are free to contact any of the confidential advisers listed below. The person you choose does not need to be employed by your faculty. You can also call or email to arrange a Zoom or Skype meeting. 

Find out more about how confidential advisers can help on our webpage confidential advisers: if you encounter undesirable behaviour.

Arjen Berkvens - coordinating confidential adviser

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Arjen Berkvens

On 1 April, Arjen Berkvens started as coordinating confidential adviser at UVA. In this new position Arjen will make a contribution to the further expansion and professionalisation of the work of confidential advisers within the UVA.

'I am very motivated to do this work. It is of great importance that an organisation such as a university has a safe working environment. Undesirable behaviour can cause great damage to employees, students and the organisation as a whole. If someone experiences something unpleasant, it must be possible to report it in confidence.'

You can reach Arjen at A.Berkvens@uva.nlExternal link.

Eloe Kingma

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Eloe Kingma

Dr E. (Eloe) Kingma has served as managing director of the Faculty of Humanities' Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis since 1994. 

‘I have been the designated contact person for PhD students at the ASCA research school for many years now. Thanks to that experience, I am well aware that the power imbalances and sense of dependency so many university staff and students experience can lead to sensitive situations. I will be happy to help you deal with any conflicts and hopefully contribute to a more balanced relationship.

As confidential advisers, we also keep the Board and representative advisory bodies informed about any issues in the workplace. I encourage everyone who experiences undesirable behaviour to report it. We need to bring these issues to light so that the Board can restore and build trust by responding in an adequate and transparent manner.’

You can reach Eloe at E.Kingma@uva.nlExternal link or 020 525 38 74.

Marita Mathijsen

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Marita Mathijsen-Verkooijen

Professor M.T.C. (Marita) Mathijsen-Verkooijen is emeritus professor of Modern Dutch Literature at the Faculty of Humanities. 

'Universities should offer a safe environment for both staff and students. No one should ever have to feel intimidated, discriminated against, threatened or excluded. However, upsetting incidents can still happen. If they do, it's important to seek out help. Our confidential advisers are here to help you find a way out of the situation. You can always turn to them for help, no matter how sensitive your situation may be. Our advisers are bound by confidentiality, so anything you discuss will stay between you and them.

As an emeritus professor (Modern Dutch Literature) with a zero-percent appointment, I believe I'm well positioned to play a valuable role as confidential adviser. I don't have any interests that could conflict with the issues that might come up. Sexual harassment, bullying, aggression and discrimination: I hope I can play my part in ensuring that these forms of undesirable behaviour are never tolerated at the University of Amsterdam.’

You can reach Marita at M.T.C.Mathijsen-Verkooijen@uva.nlExternal link or 020 525 47 23.

Juliette Parlevliet

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Juliette Parlevliet

Dr Juliette L. Parlevliet is a clinical geriatrician at Amsterdam UMC and the coordinator of OVV-3 Bachelor's in Medicine. She has worked at the Faculty of Medicine for years and studied here herself. 

'As a confidential adviser to students of Medicine (BA and MA), my aim is that together we can create an even better learning environment, one where we can hold each other to account about things that went wrong, and one where we are open to feedback on how things can come across. Just talking about a social safety incident with another person can already be very useful. Don’t hesitate to contact me.'

You can reach Juliette at  j.l.parlevliet@amsterdamumc.nlExternal link, 06-50051229.

Mirjam Koelewijn

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Mirjam Koelewijn

Mirjam Koelewijn serves as an official secretary at College and Graduate School of Child Development and Education (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences). 

'I want to help create a good, healthy and safe learning and working environment and a pleasant atmosphere at the UvA. I am always happy to listen and offer guidance to any students experiencing undesirable and transgressive behaviour in the workplace or here at the university. Safety, thoroughness and transparency are extremely important to me and are central to my work as a confidential adviser. Having taken several courses in Nonviolent Communication, I have learned to tune in to the other person's feelings and concerns. I can quickly assess a situation and identify someone's feelings and needs. Those skills always come in handy during my work as a confidential adviser. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are experiencing any form of undesirable behaviour. It's best to contact me by email. Send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.'

You can reach Mirjam at M.G.Koelewijn@uva.nlExternal link or 020 525 47 07.

Myrthe van Amstel

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Myrthe van Amstel

Myrthe van Amstel, herself a UvA alumna, has been working at the UvA since 2017 and is currently a policy officer for education at the Faculty of Law. In the past, she has worked as an HR advisor, programme coordinator and teacher/education developer.

As a confidential advisor, she wants to offer colleagues and students an accessible opportunity to address undesirable behavior. Anyone who is confronted with undesirable behavior can come to her. Although it can feel like a big step to go to a confidant, Myrthe especially wants to emphasize that this is not the case. She also explicitly invites staff and students from other faculties to approach her. It turns out that a somewhat external view is sometimes pleasant.

No matter how different Myrthe's two functions may be, they have one important thing in common: improving the conditions for all students and staff: 'Every day I am committed to make studying and working at the UvA a little better.

You can reach Myrthe at M.vanAmstel@uva.nlExternal link or 020 525 6017.

Erik van Arkel

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Erik van Arkel

Erik van Arkel serves as operational management coordinator at the Faculty of Law's Public Law department and runs CATREAL.COM, a private company focused on increasing the resilience of people and organisations. 

'I think it's important that students can learn in a safe environment and feel comfortable talking to their lecturers if something goes wrong. But I also know that there can be situations where that's difficult or impossible or where the person in question simply doesn't want to. In those cases, it's important to have someone else to confide in. As a confidential adviser, I always make sure to be accessible, open up a dialogue and listen without judging. Next, I try to help the person move forward and resolve the situation. In many cases, people have already tried to solve their own problems before contacting me. That's really not necessary as far as I'm concerned. People should feel free to bring up whatever is bothering them even if they haven't thought it all through yet.’

You can reach Erik at e.vanarkel@uva.nlExternal link or 020 525 34 51.

Inge van der Stap

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Inge van der Stap

Inge van der Stap works as a diversity officer and policy officer at the Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA). 

'As a diversity officer, I try to create a safe and inclusive study and work environment where all students and staff feel safe and welcome. We want to make sure that everyone feels at home here and is free to develop their potential. I always try to listen without judging and ask constructive questions from a place of genuine interest. As a confidential adviser, I can support students and help them find potential solutions to their issues. You can also get in touch if you just need someone to listen.'

You can reach Inge at i.vander.stap@acta.nlExternal link or 06 115 35 302 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday).

Gerrie Veenstra

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Gerrie Veenstra

Gerrie Veenstra works as a general practitioner and teaches oral medicine at the Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA). 

'I was a confidant to many patients during my time as a GP. I have heard a lot of personal stories, and some of my patients clearly didn't live in safe environments. Listening carefully, supporting people and helping them find solutions has always been an important part of my work, both during my time as a general practitioner and in my current role as a confidential adviser. Accessible and trusted. I hope I can help make the ACTA a safer place so that everyone gets to enjoy a pleasant working environment.'

You can reach Gerrie at gerrie.veenstra@acta.nlExternal link or 06 262 96 946 (Wednesday, Thursday).

Rixt Polder

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Rixt Polder

Rixt Polder works as alumni relations project leader at the Alumni Relations Office and University Fund and serves as the University's confidential adviser for students and employees. 

'It's important that our students have someone to turn to if they want to discuss their problems without fear of being judged or suffering any consequences. I always try to be as accessible as possible and schedule appointments within two days. I'm a good listener and am always eager to help resolve any difficult situations you might encounter during your studies.'

You can reach Rixt at A.Polder@uva.nlExternal link, or 06 18 99 49 30.

Belle Jansen

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Belle Jansen

Belle Jansen has been working as a communications officer at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (Faculty of Science) since 2021 and is also a yoga teacher and freelance copywriter. 

'Not sure what to do in - or after - a situation in which you’ve experienced undesirable and undesirable behaviour, such as discrimination, aggression or violence, bullying or sexual harassment? Send me a message if you want to share your experience with me in confidence. Together, we can discuss what you are going through and I can support you in what you need. 

Anything you experience as unacceptable behaviour is worth discussing, even if you’re not sure if it meets the definition of undesirable behaviour. It could be about a situation you've witnessed or something you've experienced yourself. As a confidential adviser, I provide you with a safe space to tell your story confidentially and, if you wish, anonymously. Depending on what you need, I can think along with you and guide you in the steps towards a solution.'

You can reach Belle at B.k.jansen@uva.nlExternal link or 020-525 5512.

Kristien van Lunen

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Kristien van Lunen

Kristien van Lunen works as a programme coordinator at the Faculty of Science and is also a trained coach. 

'I believe that the UvA should be a safe, healthy and pleasant learning and working environment for students and colleagues. If you experience bullying, discrimination, threatening, sexual harassment or any other form of undesirable behaviour, however, it is good if you can talk to someone in confidence. You are most welcome to come and talk to me, I will listen to you without judgement. If you want, I can help you resolve a difficult situation and give you the information you need. If you mail or call me, we can schedule an appointment within two days.' 

You can reach Kristien at c.a.p.vanlunen@uva.nlExternal link or 06 28957732.

Marie Hoogstraten

Marie Hoogstraten
Marie Hoogstraten

Marie Hoogstraten is a study advisor at the College & Graduate School of Communication Science. Marie has been working at the UvA since 2012, and as a study advisor since 2015.

'I think it's important that everyone feels safe and welcome at the UvA, can work here and can develop in a pleasant environment. I want to contribute to that. I am happy to support you if you are dealing with undesirable behavior (such as aggression, bullying or (sexual) harassment) and I like to look with you how you can deal with this. A sympathetic ear is always the first step, and then we look together at how to proceed. You are in control, I follow and give you tools where necessary. Do not hesitate to contact us, even if you are not sure if you are at the right place!

Marie can be reached at m.j.hoogstraten@uva.nlExternal link and 0615626549.

Barbera Rosenhart-Meurs

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Barbera Rosenhart-Meurs

Barbera Rosenhart-Meurs has been working as a coordinator and lecturer in the Master's in Psychology track 'Training and Development' since 2009.  She teaches training skills, supervises the student trainers and coordinates the entire track. 

'A good atmosphere and nice contacts at work or in a study programme are important in my view, and it's bad if someone feels unsafe here because of undesirable behaviour such as aggression, bullying or harassment or sexual harassment. In such cases, it's important there's someone you can talk to someone in confidence, without immediately ending up in complicated or unwanted procedures. I hope that I can help in a confidential, informal and accessible way by listening to your story and thinking along with you.'

Barbera can be reached at b.rosenhart@uva.nlExternal link.