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Diversity Commission of the Amsterdam Law School

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12 October 2021 - Vacancy (only for Amsterdam Law School students) Student members for the Diversity Commission (CEDI) 

Please see below for the vacancy text and apply at diversity.lawschool@uva.nl att. selection committee before 27 October.

  • Vacancy (only for Amsterdam Law School students) Student members for the Diversity Commission (CEDI) 

    Student members for the Commission on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Vacaturetekst

    The Amsterdam Law School seeks to strengthen her equality, diversity, and inclusion policy and for that reason the Law School is searching for student members for its faculty wide commission on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (E, D & I).

    The Dean of the Amsterdam Law School has drawn up an action plan for E, D & I. The commission supports and participates in the implementation of selected short-term immediate priorities for E, D & I, takes initiatives for other E, D & I actions, advises on developing longer term strategic objectives and monitors progression.

    Project description

    Activities of the commission include:

    · engagement with the implementation of selected actions of the action plan;

    · taking initiatives for other actions to support an E, D & I culture within the faculty;

    · advising on new evidence-based E, D & I actions;

    · contribute to the continual progression of E, D & I policy and initiatives based on feedback from trends and best practices;

    · engagement on priority topics with key internal stakeholders, such as students and study associations;

    · contributing to the communication of our activities and developing a monitoring plan.

    The commission is chaired by the Law school’s diversity officer Maike Steen. The commission will work in close cooperation with the Dean of the Amsterdam Law School, the Faculty Board, the Law School’s students and works council and other academic and support staff members and students.

    Requirements

    You:

    · are an Amsterdam Law School student;

    · have awareness of issues regarding E, D & I;

    · have profound interest in (and preferably have experience with) successfully driving an E, D & I agenda through an organization;

    · hold the ability to work with people at different levels of an organization;

    · are or aspire to be well-connected with the student population of the Amsterdam Law School

    Appointment

    The vacancy is for internal candidates only. Students will be appointed for one year with the possibility of immediate prolongation.

    Further information

    More information about the commission can be found here or contact: Ramla Yusuuf: diversity.lawschool@uva.nl.

    Job application

    Als werkgever handhaaft de UvA een beleid van gelijke kansen. We vinden diversiteit belangrijk en zetten ons volledig in om een plek te zijn waar iedereen zich thuis voelt. We koesteren de onderzoekende geest en het doorzettingsvermogen en laten de ruimte om door te vragen. Bij ons vormen nieuwsgierigheid en creativiteit de heersende cultuur.

    Please submit your motivation letter with curriculum vitae to diversity.lawschool@uva.nl att. selection committee.

    The deadline for the application is 27 October.

    No agencies please

23 September 2020 - Second Meeting about Racism

After the success of our first meeting about racism just before the summer holidays, the Diversity Commission and Diversity Officer of the Amsterdam Law School are pleased to invite all students, staff and board-members to have a subsequent online meeting Wednesday 23 September from 15:30 to 17:00 to discuss racism, diversity and inclusion within the context of the Amsterdam Law School. This time the main language of the meeting will be English.

Please subscribe here for students) and here for staff members before 23 September 9:00 and you will receive a Zoom-link in your email.

1 September 2020 - Monthly lunch meetings 'What's your experience' will restart online 

Due to the coronavirus crisis the lunch meetings have been cancelled for a while. The input these meetings deliver are of a great importance for future policy and actions of the Diversity Commission (CEDI) and the Diversity Officer.
As of 1 September 2020 the meetings will be restarted online. Students from the Amsterdam Law School can subscribe for the meetings by sending an email to diversity.lawschool@uva.nl. We will invite you for the next coming lunch meeting. 

9 July 2020 - Meeting about racism

A meeting for Amsterdam Law School students, staff and the board to have an online meeting Thursday 9 July from 15:30 to 17:00 to talk together with the Diversity Commission (CEDI) and the Diversity Officer about racism, diversity and inclusion in the Amsterdam Law School. Please subscribe here before 9 July 9:00 and you will receive a Zoom-link in your email.

30 June 2020 - Deadline ECHO Award

The ECHO award is a prize for excellent talent with a non-Western background in higher education.
Students and lecturers can nominate students for an ECHO Award by sending an email before 25 September to the Diversity Officer: w.m.been@uva.nl. The deadline has been extended to 25 September 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis. See for more information the website of ECHO
 

12 March 2020 - First lunch meeting ‘What’s your experience?’

During small-scale lunch meetings, we talk to a group of students about their experiences at the Amsterdam Law School and about their needs. Please send an email before 12 March and we will invite you for the lunch meeting of 12 March 2020: diversity.lawschool@uva.nl.

News

January 2021 - The new Diversity Commission has been appointed

The new Diversity Commission (CEDI) was appointed in early 2021.

The commission met for the first time in January when we said goodbye to our former Diversity Officer Wike Been. Under the leadership of the new Diversity Officer, Maike Steen, the commission will work to ensure a diverse and inclusive Amsterdam Law School. In addition to the Diversity Officer, the commission consists of ten members and a student assistant. Among the members are students as well as academic and support staff, for a representative representation of our faculty. The Diversity Commission (CEDI) continues with the work of the previous commission.

September 2020 - Second Meeting about Racism

An event for Amsterdam Law School students, staff and board-members

After the success of our first meeting about racism just before the summer holidays, the Diversity Commission and Diversity Officer of the Amsterdam Law School are pleased to invite all students, staff and board-members to have a subsequent online meeting Wednesday 23 September from 15:30 to 17:00 to discuss racism, diversity and inclusion within the context of the Amsterdam Law School. This time the main language of the meeting will be English.
We condemn all forms of racism and regret that the reality is that it still exists today. Within the meetings we organize, we want to learn from each other, listen to each other and jointly come to some action points for our Law School. For questions you can contact the diversity committee and Diversity Officer at: diversity.lawschool@uva.nl. 

Only Amsterdam Law School students and staff will have access to the meeting. Please subscribe here for students and here for staff members before 23 September 9:00 and you will receive a Zoom-link in your email. The working language of the meeting will be English.

July 2020 - Report 

Report on the meeting ‘conversation on racism, diversity and inclusion at the ALS’

On Thursday 9th of July, the meeting organized by CEDI on "racism, diversity and inclusion at the ALS" took place on Zoom. Under the guidance of moderator Maike Steen, students, staff and the Faculty Board listened to each other and talked about experiences regarding various forms of structural and daily racism for 1.5 hours. In addition, it was discussed what a diverse and inclusive law school should look like in practice and various action points to reach that goal were formulated.

  • Continuation report

    Prior to the meeting, students together with the CEDI had formulated a number of questions to the Faculty Board and drew up a topic list for the open conversation. The focus was: 1) the lack of diversity and inclusion within the curriculum, 2) the handling of reports of racism and discrimination within the ALS, and 3) diversity of staff. In a short interview between moderator Maike Steen and the dean Prof. dr. André Nollkaemper, the vision of the Faculty Board on these topics and the current state of affairs with regard to policy development were discussed. After that, the floor was opened for a conversation between all participants. To get the conversation going, sub-topics were introduced on the basis of propositions. A valuable conversation arose in which people listened to each other, discussed with one other and where there was room for personal experiences and emotions.

    The conversation on Thursday 9th of July was the first of many conversations yet to be held on racism, diversity and inclusion. That is why one of the goals of CEDI is to organize a series of meetings in the upcoming academic year. A meeting similar to the one reported here will be held in September. The main language of that meeting will be English.

July 2020 - Meeting about racism

A meeting for Amsterdam Law School students, staff and the board

The Diversity Commission (CEDI) and Diversity Officer of the Amsterdam Law School are pleased to invite all students, staff and the board to have an online meeting Thursday 9 July from 15:30 to 17:00 to talk about about racism, diversity and inclusion in the Amsterdam Law School. We condemn all forms of racism and regret that the reality is that it still exists today. We want to learn from each other, listen to each other and jointly come to some action points for our law school.

Only Amsterdam Law School students and staff will have access to the meeting. Please subscribe here before 9 July 9:00 and you will receive a Zoom-link in your email. The language of the meeting will be Dutch, but of course you can contribute to the meeting in English. In September a similar meeting will be organized in English.

For questions you can contact us at: diversity.lawschool@uva.nl. 

June 2020 - Diversity Commission (CEDI) in solidarity with protests against racist violence

The Diversity Commission (CEDI) of the Amsterdam Law School, stands in solidarity with those protesting across the Netherlands and all over the world against racism in all its forms. We condemn all forms of racism and regret that the reality is that it still exists today.

How can you contribute? 

Let's make the Amsterdam Law School more inclusive all together and start with educating ourselves. We have compiled a non-exhaustive list of literature, movies and documentaries to stay up to date and open our eyes for racism and all forms of exclusion in general, but also specifically at work and in classrooms. Even if you think you know what it means to be anti-racist, take the time to read some of these articles or watch some of the documentaries. Being anti-racist is a process of continuous learning and unlearning for all of us. Feel free to share this list. Please let us jointly spread awareness and strongly speak out against racism in our daily lives.

May 2020 - The Echo Award is here!

ECHO Award 2020 is a prize for excellent talent in higher education.

Students who are eligible for an ECHO Award are successful students with a non-western background that are distinguished for their entrepreneurial attitude, organizational capacity, active social involvement and constructive approach in challenges related to exclusion.

This year the University of Amsterdam will again nominate students for ECHO Award. This is done through the faculties. That is why teachers and students of the Amsterdam Law School are invited to nominate excellent students with demonstrable social involvement by emailing our Diversity Officer Wike Been. She coordinates the nomination on behalf of the Amsterdam Law School.You can submit a nomination for an ECHO Award to the Diversity Officer: w.m.been@uva.nl. 

The deadline for submitting nominations is June 30, 2020. For more information about the ECHO Award, please contact the Amsterdam Law School Diversity Officer, Wike Been, or visit the ECHO website

May 2020 - Attention to inclusion in times of corona

How do we pay sufficient attention to inclusion in these times of corona? How do we ensure that everyone feels and continues to feel connected in these circumstances in which we no longer just meet each other in person?

The Amsterdam law School strives to be a place where everyone is welcome and feels at home. The new situation, in which most of us study or work from home, brings new challenges.
The Diversity Commission (CEDI) and Amsterdam Law School Diversity Officer Wike Been have made a list of all the experiences so far and share the most important lessons that we can apply here.

April 2020 - Corona checklist

Checklist with concerns about equality, diversity and inclusion in times of corona / COVID-19

The Diversity Commission (CEDI) of the Amsterdam Law School and Diversity Officer Wike Been, in collaboration with Diversity Commissions and Diversity Officers from other faculties and the UvA Chief Diversity Officer team, have drawn up a checklist with 'concerns about equality, diversity and inclusion at the University of Amsterdam during times of COVID-19'. You can find the checklist and cover letter at the Chief Diversity Officer Blog

The Diversity Commission continuously monitors where existing inequalities are increased by the corona crisis and where new inequalities arise. The commission also reflects on where policy is needed to ensure diversity and inclusion during corona / COVID-19. If you want to address something, think along or talk, do not hesitate to send us an email at: diversity.lawschool@uva.nl. 

March 2020 - First lunch meeting "What's your experience?" has taken place

The first lunch meeting was held on 12 March.

While enjoying a drink and a sandwich, we had an inspiring conversation about different themes and experiences of students that touch on the topics of diversity and inclusion within the Amsterdam Law School. The first meeting was a great success and we hope that we will hear from you much more! That is why we will continue to organize lunch meetings in the future. The input that we receive during these meetings will be used in future policy and actions of the Diversity Commission (CEDI) and the Diversity Officer.

Are you interested in attending a lunch meeting? Please send us an email  to diversity.lawschool@uva.nl and we will invite you to one of our next meetings!

March 2020 - Lunch meetings ‘What’s your experience?’

Would you like to enjoy a delicious free lunch? Would you like to talk to the Diversity Officer and the CEDI about your experiences and needs as a student? That’s possible!

The Diversity Officer of the Amsterdam Law School and the Diversity Commission (CEDI) are jointly committed to create a diverse and inclusive faculty where equality is self-evident. In order to realize this, it is important for us to listen to students and staff of our Amsterdam Law School. One way we try to hear students is by organizing small-scale lunch meetings. During these meetings, we talk to a group of students about their experiences at the Amsterdam Law School and about their needs.

Are you interested in attending a lunch meeting? Please send us an email  to diversity.lawschool@uva.nl and we will invite you to one of our next meetings!

February 2020 - The new Diversity Commission has been appointed

After a short break in 2019, the new Diversity Commission (CEDI) was appointed in early 2020.

The commission met for the first time in February. Under the leadership of the new Diversity Officer, Wike Been, the commission will work to ensure a diverse and inclusive Amsterdam Law School. In addition to the Diversity Officer, the commission consists of eight members and a student assistant. Among the members are students as well as academic and support staff, for a representative representation of our faculty. The Diversity Commission (CEDI) continues with the work of the previous commission. An important agenda item this year is to investigate the status of diversity and inclusion within the Amsterdam Law School. The commission is therefore, among other things, working on a diversity monitor for staff and students.

November 2019 - Wike Been new Diversity Officer Amsterdam Law School

The application process for a new Diversity Officer in the Amsterdam Law School Diversity Commission was successfully completed. Wike Been will start in this role on 1 December 2019. She succeeds Marjoleine Zieck. At the beginning of January 2020, recruitment will start for a number of vacancies in the commission (student and staff members).

August 2019 - Commission publishes a first annual report

The Diversity Commission published its 2019 Annual Report this past August. The report covers January 2019, the month the Commission was formally established, through August 2019. The next annual report will cover the entire academic year, i.e. September 2019 - September 2020. The first annual report can be downloaded at the Recommendations & Reports page.