The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is at the centre of a city where people have numerous identities and backgrounds. Amsterdam United would like to see the great variety of identities of the city of Amsterdam back at the UvA. A place where each and every student can feel at home, be inspired, gain knowledge, encounter different visions and develop themselves. Therefore Amsterdam United aims at constituting a diverse platform where students with different ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, sexual identities, political views and so forth can get in touch. Amsterdam United wants to establish interactions and relations between people who otherwise might not meet each other. We try to look for new commonalities without forgetting what makes us different from one another. Amsterdam United does not focus on already delimited social groups but instead focuses on the need to connect all students. We regard diversity as a method that can confront one another with different perspectives, ideals, lifestyles and views which in turn will broaden the horizons that we have.
Our main mission is to create a home for all UvA students. We lobby for a more inclusive and decolonized university policy and organize various activities such as debates and movie nights.
This year is looking a little different for all of us. With the ongoing pandemic and uncertain times we are living in, a lot of us had to adapt our ways of work and going on about our days in general. Us as Amsterdam United as well. This year we decided we really want to focus on strengthening the feeling of community. Doing everything from home can be quite lonesome and we understand that not everyone has a comfortable or reliable environment. We hope that with our upcoming events and/or projects we can create a closer community where everyone can find their place.
About the events, we’re going to organize many online and where and if possible we will try to organize physical ones as well, with all the Covid rules of safety applied of course. To stay up to date, follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter!
AU: Community Connect
Currently, we are setting up a project for (mainly) first year students who are struggling with feeling at home at the university. We will post more about this when we have more information. Again, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media (instagram: amsterdam_united and facebook) to stay up to date!
Want to do more?
If you want to be active within our organization, please let us know! You can dm or email us. We really value your input and want to be able to share the platform. Most important is that we together will form a diverse student platform that will strive to create an inclusive university.