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Equity, inclusion and diversity

Welcome to the webpages of the Chief Diversity Officer. The Chief Diversity Officer team is continuously working towards making the UvA a safer and more welcoming place.

Summer school 2017
Photo: Wouter van der Wolk

UvA students and staff have made it clear that equity, inclusion and diversity deserve our attention. In a survey conducted by the former Diversity Committee, 62% of respondents indicated that they would like to see a broader cross-section of backgrounds, lifestyles, cultures and schools of thought at the UvA. Many students and staff see our university as too white and the curriculum too Western. This perception is something that we are working to change.

Winds of change 

There is a recognition that much more can be done to promote equality, inclusion and diversity issues, and this is the time to do it. The appointment of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Anne de Graaf provides an impetus to the changes the UvA wants to make. Together with the Faculty Diversity Officers, CDO Team, representatives from the Faculty Student Council tasked with promoting diversity, other colleagues and the student body, Anne strives to realise a more inclusive university dedicated to social justice and characterised by equality, inclusion as well as diversity. In these efforts, we focus on ethnic diversity and the equality and inclusion of people from all manner of social and cultural backgrounds, genders, faiths, sexual orientations and degrees of ability.

Because every faculty has its own unique identity and issues to tackle, each faculty has its own Faculty Diversity Officer. These people will, in consultation with their faculty communities, help establish the diversity policy for their respective faculties.

Share your ideas

Read about our vision and the initiatives and events taking place within our UvA community. You are also warmly invited to make a contribution by sending a message to our suggestion box, or by submitting a blog, column or editorial (anonymously, if you prefer). Not only do we want this page to be a place to share information; we also want it to become an opportunity for staff and students to express their thoughts on the topic of diversity. We are looking forward to hearing from you.