Spotlight of the week: with Anna

Name: Anna Luiken
Age: 25
Study: English literature

1. How would you describe diversity in general?
Diversity is about a wide variety of people. Of course this includes people with different ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, gender, and sexual preference. But also difference in ‘class’ (although I don’t like that word) as well as physical and mental abilities.

2. Where do you see diversity at the UvA, where do you think diversity should be improved?
The UvA is now lucky to have a student initiative like Amsterdam United to point out where diversity still lacks. I would like to see more diversity in the classroom for instance regarding the curriculum. This way I can get exposed to different perspectives and different topics, as opposed to almost exclusively being educated on established western authors and philosophers. I also think it would be great if the UvA could attract more international students. I belief this could be a great impulse for classroom discussions since they will bring different perspectives from which everyone can learn and benefit.

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