Two years after the Maagdenhuisbezetting the UvA is still not where it needs to be. Whilst some groups in the university are working on democratisation and diversity more needs to be done. With a recurring national trend around more selectivity in higher education, a university wide backlash on diversity and widespread dismissal of student engagement in policy forming, we as students have a duty to get involved in our university.
The university needs changing- a new perspective and a revised governance structure. Above all, in making these changes the academic community needs to be taken seriously. The way to a student friendly university is through policy with a central role for academic development and autonomy for students and teachers to further critical thinking in governing the UvA.
Our ambition is an open university that is in theory and practice a democratic and inclusive community. A community based on equity and where accessibility of higher education is the and will remain the priority. We have the duty to the next generation students to make sure that the UvA is accessible and inclusive.
We want the UvA to have a strong relationship with the society that it is situated in. In order for us to prevent a further ivory tower effect our university should continuously reflect on its relationship with and relevance to society.
To govern a university is to make a choice about the kind of university you want to be. UvASociaal fights for an accessible, inclusive and democratic university with a special attention to sustainability and autonomy for teachers and students.
Starting with the quote of Audre Lorde (feminist, poet, civil rights activist and many more awesome things) we want to propose the idea of the university as a community where differences amongst members are accepted and celebrated. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) should be a place where everybody feels safe and at home. In this party programme we want to propose how to get to that ideal.
Signed: UvASociaal as a collective