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Diversity & inclusion at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Our diversity officers

Mill Hail and Olga Sezneva are the faculty diversity officers of FMG. They work in close collaboration with other faculty diversity officers and with the chief diversity office team of the UvA.

For the coming two years, Mill will focus on diversity & inclusion policies/initiatives for the FMG students and Olga will focus on the same kind of policies/initiatives for the FMG staff.

Also, a working group helps to give shape to the diversity policies that are developed in the faculty. This working group consists of volunteers who are willing to help to give shape to the diversity policies that are developed in the faculty. In this way, all departments are represented. Their advice will result in a diversity action plan for the years 2022 and 2023.

Mill Hail
Diversity officer FMG, student affairs

Olga Sezneva
Diversity officer FMG, staff and faculty affairs

  • Diversity committees active in the departments

    Diversity committees active in the departments in our faculty, in all department initiatives are being set up. This is in part thanks to the active involvement of staff members who do this work on a voluntary  basis. These diversity committees work on different topics, that are related to the specific context of those departments. They all are connected to the FMG diversity working group, where knowledge on  initiatives and how to make steps are also shared and discussed.

    Diversity Action Group Department of Child Development and Education
    Persons of contact:
    Henny Bos
    Tessa van Schijndel

    Diversity Action Group Department of Communication Science
    Person of contact:
    Anne Kroon

    Diversity Action Group Department of Anthropology
    Contactpersonen:
    Shanshan Lan
    Erella Grassiani (representative of the Central Works' Council)

    Diversity Action Group Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development
    Contactpersoon:
    Mieke Lopes Cardozo

     

    Diversity Action Group Department of Political Science
    Person of contact:
    Abbey Steele

    Diversity Action Group Department of Psychology
    Persons of contact: 
    Astrid Homan
    Rifka van der Meer

    Diversity Action Group Department of Sociology
    The diversity committee within the Department of Sociology is active, but the contact person is yet unknown

  • Measures

    Following up on the publication of the UvA diversity document the faculty has taken several measures, e.g. in the field of gender balance in the faculty workforce, social safety and outreach activities.

  • Initiatives

    Summer programme for first-generation students

    In the summer of 2020, the Faculty of Social and Behavioural sciences participated in the 'Get Ready' programme (Dutch only) for the first time. The ‘Get Ready’ programme is a three-day summer programme intended to help first-generation students (students who are the first in their family to go to university) to feel at home at the UvA more quickly and be well prepared to start their studies.

    Entry and progression of young people with a migration background

    The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the faculties participating in the UvA 'Meet your mentor' programme since 2020. The aim of this programme is to support young people with a migration background when they move on to the labour market. 
    See also the diversity blog: Meet Your Mentor Students Excited to Start.

    Grass roots organisations for students and staff

    We are proud that two organisations have sprung up in the faculty that dedicate themselves to diversity, equity and inclusion and that give a platform for our students and staff to relate to each other.

    • Amsterdam United, intersectional student organization. Visit their website and Facebook.
    • #justdiversity, is active on Microsoft Teams. To sign up, send an email. Being on the #justdiversity teams or mailinglist also helps to keep updated on the many diversity related events happening in the faculty, as much information is shared there coming from all sides of the faculty.
    • Let Me Tell You project on the walls of the REC: more information following soon.

    Lectures

    In this faculty, there are many lectures and events on topics that relate to diversity. Just to name a few:

  • General UvA diversity resources and relevant links