You can contact any of the confidential advisers listed below, regardless of the faculty at which you study. Please note that, despite the current corona measures it is still possible to contact the confidential advisers. You can call or email them to arrange an appointment via Skype or Zoom.
Lars van de Vall has worked for the UvA's Faculty of Economics and Business since 2017, as an educational planning and scheduling coordinator.
During that time he has got to know the University well but he has also learned that matching up the interests of individuals, faculties and the university as a whole can be quite a challenge. However, at all levels, creating and maintaining a pleasant study and working environment is a top priority.
The role of confidential adviser is an important factor in safeguarding this. Lars will always offer a sympathtic ear to individuals who have experienced undesirable behaviour and look at the different options open to the people concerned to deal with each individual situation.
Karin Venetis studies Psychology in Groningen, after which she got a PhD in Marketing from the Economics faculty of the University of Maastricht. After that she combined her academic career with marketing advice. At the UvA's faculty of Economics & Business she lectures in Marketing and is responsible for the Executive Business Administration programme. She is also responsible for teacher professionalisation within the newly launched Teaching & Learning centre for the faculty and has served as quality controller and intermediary between Business Administration Master's thesis students and their (external) supervisors for many years.
As a confidential adviser Karin want to help colleagues deal with the authority and status structures within the university, which can be pretty vague. She also hopes to assist them in navigating the many different forums and bodies that can play a role in the kind of sensitive issues people contact a confidential adviser about. The complexity of a university can make it more difficult to grasp and deal with the hierachical structures but also offers additional sources of asssitance many do not know about.
"Within the research school ASCA I have been active as a point of contact for PhD candidates for a long time. Because of this, I am familiar with the delicate situation that springs from the power imbalance and dependency with which many of the university’s staff members and students are dealing. I will gladly help think of ways to deal with eventual conflicts and will hopefully be able to contribute to balancing relations.
In addition, as confidential advisers, we will inform management and the representative advisory bodies about what is going awry in the workplace. Therefore, I would like to encourage anyone who encounters undesirable behaviour to report it. It is important that these things come to the surface so that management can repair and enhance trust by reacting adequately and transparently."
Eloe Kingma has been the managing director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis since 1994.
Erik Laeven is assistant professor of Media Studies.
"One of the worst things if you have a problem is having no-one to share it with. It is essential be heard and acknowledged. Particularly when it comes to undesirable behaviour, which can be a hard subject to bring up at the best of times. People often think they are exaggerating, that it will pass, that it's their own fault or that they could suffer the consequences if they report it. As a result, some cases of intimidation, sexual harassment, bullying, aggression and discrimination never come to light and people simply aren't aware of undesirable forms of behaviour within their own corporate culture. Initially, people tend to keep problems to themselves for too long. Students and staff who feel threatened by undesirable behaviour need someone they can talk to in confidence about the situation and their options. This is why I became a confidential adviser."
"A university needs to be a safe place for students as well as staff members. Nobody should feel intimidated, discriminated against, threatened or excluded. Still, such incidents do occur, even at universities. Do seek support if something happens to you. The confidential advisers are here to help you find a solution. You can turn to them, no matter how delicate your problem. They have a duty of confidentiality, so anything you discuss with them will remain between the two of you.
As emeritus professor (of Modern Dutch Literature) with a 0% appointment I think I can fulfil this position in a valuable way. I no longer have interests that might interfere with matters that are brought to the fore. Sexual harassment, bullying, aggression and discrimination must not be tolerated at the University of Amsterdam, and this is something I hope to be able to contribute to."
Marita Mathijsen is emeritus professor of Modern Dutch Literature
Anna has worked for the UvA since 2009, first at the Amsterdam Business School and, since 2011, for the Communication Science programme. There she serves as Secretary to the Examination Board and is responsible for staffing.
"Everyone should feel comfortable in the place they work or study. If this is not the case because you experience undesirable behaviour and that environment does not feel safe, it is very important that you are able to talk about this freely, knowing it won't be discussed with anyone else. I am here to listen and, if you wish, advise you on steps that can be taken to resolve the situation."
Mirjam Koelewijn is a communications officer at Social Sciences.
'I currently work at the College and Graduate School of Social Sciences since 2012 as a communications officer. In the spring of 2016 I was appointed as confidential adviser at the Faculty of Social Sciences. I am happy this role allows me to contribute to a healthy working climate at the UvA.
I like to offer guidance and a sympathetic ear to staff and students who have experienced undesirable behaviour. Safety, prudence and clarity are very important to me. A number of courses in non-violent communication have taught me how to really hear what people are going through. I can quickly get an idea of situations and of people's feelings and needs. I have noticed how valuable this is in my work as a confidential adviser.
If you are experiencing are have experienced undesirable behaviour, in any form, please don't hesitate to contact me. The easiest way to reach me is by email. Send me an email and I will get in touch as soon as possible.'
Marly works at the Education Service Centre of the Faculty of Science. She has worked as a study adviser for the Bachelor's programme in Chemistry and the Master’s programme in the Graduate School of Life Sciences since 2014. After graduating in Biotechnology, she started a career as a research analyst. She has also worked as a student information officer for various science-based programme departments at VU University Amsterdam.
Inge van der Stap works as a policy officer at ACTA and has been a confidential adviser since 1 September 2020.
Inge studied cultural anthropology and religious studies at the University of Amsterdam. As a diversity officer, she is committed to a safe and inclusive study and work environment where all students and staff feel safe and welcome, and can develop themselves.
Listening without prejudice and asking questions with genuine interest is how Inge fulfills her task as a confidential adviser. As confidential adviser, she can support staff and students and find solutions. Inge is also available if you just need a listening ear.
Inge van der Stap
M: 06 115 35 302 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri)
Gerrie Veenstra has been a general practitioner since 1994 and affiliated with ACTA as a lecturer on oral medicine since March 2020. She had her own doctor's practice until 1 January 2020.
As a general practitioner, I was a counselor for many patients. I heard many personal stories, which do not always suggest a safe environment was present in some people's lives.
Listening and being there for others, and finding solutions together, has been an important part of my job, first as a general practitioner and now as a confidential adviser, who is accessible and trusted.
I hope to contribute to a safe environment at ACTA, so that the work climate is pleasant for everyone.
T: 06 262 96 946 (Wednesday and Thursday)
Erik van Arkel has been a coordinator of operations in the Public Law department since 1 September 2017. He previously worked in operations and management in central government and ran his own business CATREAL.COM, which aims to help people and organisations to boost their resilience.
'As a confidential adviser, I want to help create a UvA environment in which people feel safe and where diversity is respected and valued.'
Rixt works as a project leader at the Alumni Relations Office and University Fund. Her work involves organising career development programmes for alumni, maintaining contact with alumni groups and organising lectures, guided tours and other events such as the Academic Book Club. Rixt has worked for the UvA since 2000 and has been a confidential adviser since 2014.
'Within the University it is important that students and staff have someone they can contact to talk about concerns without judgement and without any necessary consequences. When someone contacts me I try to schedule an appointment within two days. I am a good listener and can help think through difficult situations that can occur during your studies or in the workplace.'