Name: Birkan Calik
Age: 26
Study: Alumni MA Middle East Studies

  1. How would you describe diversity?

Diversity is acknowledging each others unique point of view based on real life experiences as a valid input for a fertile conversation rather than expecting and accepting a norm based possibility only. Diversity is more listening to and less speaking on behalf of.

2. Where do you see diversity at the UvA, where do you think diversity should be?

We need more lecturers from other continents, more colour and curls. We need UvA to represent the eclectic character of the city itself. We need less monotoneous analyses and more subjective experiences because we are becoming more aware of inequalities and double standards in our personal lives. We don’t need someone to tell us how a dress looks, because we are more and more interested in how it feels when you put it on. The UvA, as many other Dutch educational institutions, needs to realize that not all dresses are one size fits all.