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Academic Diversity Programme

The Academic Diversity Programme (ADP) is a mentoring programme founded by the student platform Amsterdam United, now in collaboration with UvA's Chief Diversity Officer's team. Learn how you can find a mentor or apply to become a mentor.

During the academic year, first-year students are supported by senior students. The programme strives to create a space in which students can develop their capacities to the fullest. Students are paired up with senior students who support them in the first phase of their academic studies.

ADP is a mentoring programme centered around diversity and acknowledges the intersections between gender, culture, ethnicity, mental and physical health, socioeconomic background and more. Due to this approach, a dialogue is stimulated which brings more depth and understanding to the conversation about diversity. ADP tries to challenge students to develop their full capacities and acknowledge their own diversities. This results in each student developing their own strength and succeeding in their study programme.

What can I expect from ADP?

Both mentees and mentors are expected to be present during the whole programme. You will get the following in return for your effort:


  • Informative, joint meetings with other students
  • Connection and community within the university
  • Personal one-on-one support during the first phase of your study programme
  • The chance to become familiar with academia
  • Developing personal, social and study skills


  • Informative, joint meetings with other students
  • Connection and community within the university
  • Training in communication, social and mentorship skills
  • Compensation based on a volunteer contribution
  • Recognised mentor certificate at the end of the year

Year planning

The mentor programme starts in the first week of November and runs throughout the year. ADP consists of one-on-one support between mentee (first year student) and mentor (senior student) where mentee and mentor see each other weekly or biweekly. ADP also involves monthly meetings or workshops about diversity-related themes.

  • Start: 1st week of November
  • End: 1st week of July

The themes are a general indication of what the workshop will be about.


Mentor training | 3 courses for mentors


Introductory meeting | First meeting with all mentors and mentees


Meeting #1 | Workshop theme: Safe space and community building


Meeting #2 | Workshop theme: Identity and microaggressions


Meeting #3 | Workshop theme: Diversity and awareness trough meditation


Meeting #4 | Workshop: group intervision


Meeting #5 | Workshop theme: Gender and sexuality


Meeting #6 | Workshop theme: Discrimination and racism


Meeting #7 | Workshop theme: Privileges


Meeting #8 | Last meeting - evaluation and review

How to apply

Use the form below to apply to be a mentor or a mentee. You can apply throughout the year.