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Taskforce members

Taskforce members

Liza Mügge

Portrait of Liza Mugge
Photo by Stella Gommans
  • Associate Professor in Political Science
  • Chair of Taskforce

Why is social safety an important topic?

'Social safety touches an organisation's soul. It affects every employee and every student. Social safety is an integral part of power relations between all members of the UvA community – staff and students alike. It precedes everything we do in research, education and support. If something is amiss here, things fall apart. I would be very proud, as a member of the UvA community, to contribute to improved social safety for all our employees, PhD students and students.'

Jan Dijk

  • Director of Operational Management, Faculty of Law
  • Focus within Taskforce: Reporting and monitoring

Why is social safety an important topic?

'Particularly in a competitive environment such as a university, it is vital that we treat each other respectfully, and that unsafe situations can be discussed in a safe manner.' 

Kim van Gennip

Kim van Gennip
  • Head of Department of Student Counsellors and Student Psychologists (Student Services)
  • Focus within Taskforce: Relationships Between Students and Staff, and Staff Interrelations (with a special focus on Support and Management Staff)

Why is social safety an important topic?

‘Social safety is something that affects everyone in the workplace. It is crucial that students and staff feel appreciated, respected and safe. These three values are the foundations of constructive and professional collaboration in which everyone knows exactly what their duties and responsibilities are. I feel it's important that we have an ongoing dialogue, in which we give each other feedback and so broach tricky or sensitive subjects as a matter of course.'

Caroline Kroon

  • Professor of Latin Language and Literature / Head of ACASA (Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology), Faculty of Humanities 
  • Focus within Taskforce: Strengthening the Organisation and Prevention; social safety and academic staff; social safety and leadership

Why is social safety an important topic?

'Social safety is the most important precondition to allow both individuals and teams to perform well. At the same time, it's a topic that most people prefer to avoid. Raising the subject of social safety in a meaningful manner typically only works in environments that are quite safe to begin with.  We are all aware of examples of unsafe situations, for ourselves or for others, in our own immediate surroundings, but we are insufficiently aware of the scale, nature and impact of the problem.'     

Peter Snoeren

Portrait of Peter Snoeren
  • Assistant Professor, International Strategy and Management department of the Amsterdam Business School
  • Focus within Taskforce: Reporting and monitoring

Why is social safety an important topic?

It is important that we get a better view of what is going on. and investigate why people do not report incidents and under which circumstances they would be more likely to report incidents. It is also important that we present information and reporting options more prominently on the website, and see whether and how we can make the subject more open to discussion.

Malou Sprinkhuizen

Malou Sprinkhuizen
  • Third-year Biomedical Sciences student
  • Focus within Taskforce: Physical and online safety, student's perspective

Why is social safety an important topic?

'Social safety is an important theme to focus on because it concerns everyone within the university. People struggle if they don't feel safe. The UvA should be more than a place where people just work or study. It should be a place where people feel safe and at home. At the moment, not enough is being done to give all people this sense of safety. There are too many incidents that are being reported, and also too many incidents that aren't being reported. So it's vital that social safety is now being discussed so seriously at UvA, and that problems are being addressed.'

Linda de Vries

Potrait of Linda de Vries
  • Secretary, ACTA Graduate School
  • Focus within Taskforce: Physical and online safety

Why is social safety an important topic?

'Because it concerns trust and safety, and the most important component is credible, reliable and engaged managers at all layers of the university or faculty. Being part of a group (department, academic staff, support and management staff, management team, etc.) gives people an increased sense of safety and security, and thus gives them a greater sense of protection.  This will motivate people to achieve something together, and to be there for each other. People start feeling unsafe when deviations from this standard are allowed to occur, people become cautious and no longer support each other.

 

Taskforce support

Abigail Ceesay

  • Student and student assistant
  • Role within taskforce: project assistant (e.g. for the in-depth interviews with students and staff)

Why is social safety an important topic?

Social safety plays a fundamental role in realising a safe, inclusive atmosphere of trust at the UvA that allows students, PhDs and staff to function optimally in terms of education, research and the supervision of both. Recent reports about transgressive and undesirable behaviour and subsequent student protests have shown, however, that far from everyone feels safe and that there may be structural problems regarding social safety at the UvA. That is why it is essential to promote improvements in the area of social safety and create an environment where everyone feels heard and represented and has the opportunity to jointly construct a safe university and campus. 

Iris Kingma

  • Student of Sociology, Sexuality, Society and Gender
  • Role within taskforce: As a project officer I provide the taskforce with organisational and research support

Why is social safety an important topic?

Iris: ’I see social safety as a necessary condition to be able to develop yourself and your thoughts freely within a community. In my previous experiences with the student council of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and as the Student Assessor on the executive Board I have seen and heard that in many areas this is not the case for people. Particularly at a university substantive and interpersonal exchange between people for the benefit of research and education should be in the forgeround.'