The Diversity Commission of the Amsterdam Law School consists of representatives of the academic staff, the support staff, and students from the bachelor’s and master’s programmes. It is chaired by Faculty Diversity Officer Maike Steen.
I am working at the Law Library and I have been a commission member since the start of CEDI in 2019. Born in Ourense (Spain) and grew up in a little town where I used to be the only one from another background and speaking another mother tongue during primary and secondary education. Always thought the key was adaptation, but I have changed my mind with the years: inclusivity is not a one-way-direction. That’s the reason I want to contribute to more awareness and my motto is ‘inclusion and diversity starts with yourself’.
I am currently working for the secretariaat and I have been a CEDI member since January 2021. I became a member of the CEDI because I think it is important that the faculty is a reflection of society. I also believe that everyone should feel welcome within the institution. Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity are essential. I am excited to commit to these themes and I hope this will bring about a positive change.
I worked as a researcher/lecturer at the Labour Law Department of the University of Salamanca from 1999 to 2003. In 2005, I defended my PhD thesis on "Equal treatment in EU Social Law". I am currently Assistant Professor at the Labour Law Department AIAS/HSI. I have coordinated several projects dealing with precarious employment, telework, European social dialogue, industrial relations in the public sector, new forms of employment and equal treatment.
I started on 1 March 2021 as Diversity Officer of the Amsterdam Law School. In addition, I work as a lecturer at the department of public law, section criminal law. I am grateful that in the role of Diversity Officer I can shape the values of diversity, inclusiveness and equality together with everyone in this faculty in the field of the composition of our staff and student population, the content and design of our education and research and the work and education environment. In the next years, I want to make sure that our faculty appropriate the richness this entails. Please read my interview for more.
I am a PhD candidate at the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam. Born in Singapore, and having studied in different universities across Europe, I believe that creating a truly diverse, equitable and inclusive education environment is critical and necessary work if we are to imagine better futures for our societies.