Spotlight of the week: with Daniel

Name: Daniel
Age: 23
Study: Bachelor Law

1. How would you describe diversity in general?
Diversity, for me, means equal opportunity for everybody. It means that every person, no matter their background, can do what they want to do. It also stands for a positive factor in society. To learn from others about their culture, their way of life, their process of mind, is a great advantage for everybody in society. It creates more understanding, more empathy for one another.

2. Where do you see diversity at the UvA, where do you think diversity should be improved?
The UvA has always been considered a predominantly ‘white’ school, compared to the VU. Therefore it is great to have initiatives like Amsterdam United, to promote diversity. There needs to be a change of culture at the UvA and that is exactly what Amsterdam United is trying to promote. The UvA has a very diverse curriculum, but that is sadly about to change in the near future. My fear is that a lot will be lost if the UvA goes in the direction it is heading now. As the UvA is more concerned with profit than it has been in earlier times, a lot of curriculum that is deemed not profitable enough will be canceled. I think having a lot of different, smaller courses would greatly promote diverse thinking. I think a university’s main motivator should be education, and not profit.

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