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VU Pride

Welcome to VU Pride, the network for and by LGBTQIA+ students and employees of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

VU Pride aims to create a safe and inclusive environment for all individuals of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) community on our campus. We aspire to have an university full of diversity in which everyone shares understanding and tolerance for each other. We achieve this by organizing events and projects for people within the LGBTQIA+ community and for all those interested. Check below to see more about our upcoming events, our committees, our achievements, and more. We hope to meet you soon!

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Our mission

  • Working on a more inclusive organization
  • Building a community for LGBTQIA+ students and employees
  • Creating visibility around gender and sexual diversity, and sharing knowledge about it.

Read our entire mission and vision document here. Student survey

Student Research

Have you been the victim of anti-LHBTI+ discrimination and/or violence? And have you decided to report this to the police or have you deliberately not reported it? Then we want to talk to you! Click here to participate in the research. With your help, the reporting process of the police can be improved! 

Upcoming events

May

24 may Aurora COIL Fair on LGBTQ+ issues (English only, not a VU Pride event)
Aurora seeks to promote Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects on LGBTQ+ issues across the disciplines and with a particular focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. SDG 5 “Gender Equality”; SDG 10 “Reduced Inequalities”; or SDG 16 “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions”).

We therefore invite instructors from all Aurora and associated universities as well as local stakeholders to a COIL Fair, to be held on May 24, 2022, from 16.00 – 17.00 CEST

 If you have instructors interested in LGBTQ+ issues and the UN SDGa who are looking for new COIL teaching partners, please share the following link with them so that their information can be featured in the upcoming AURORA COIL Partnering Bulletin.

Enter COIL Partnering Bulletin information by May 17 here: https://forms.office.com/r/Gn5FeAX0L9

 The Fair is open to instructors from all disciplines as well as local stakeholders and will feature opportunities to discuss partnering interests/needs.

Date: 24 May, Time: 16:00-17:00, Location: online via Zoom, Cost: free of charge.

25 may spoken word workshop: From me to us. With Babs Gons
We are excited to invite you to a spoken word workshop: "From me to us" hosted by the Vrije Schrijver (writer in residence at VU Amsterdam) and spoken word artist Babs Gons. On the 25th of May, from 6:45pm to 9pm, VU Pride and FAM will sit down together to learn more about spoken word and try it out ourselves; no previous experience needed. Spoken word can function as a means of being heard when your voice gets silenced, of standing up, of protest, of vulnerability and confidence. Thus, this art form is often especially appealing to and powerful for queer people and people of color.

We are proud to announce that Babs Gons has agreed to give this workshop, so expect it to be a powerful evening! Babs Gons is a spoken word artist, writer, and host who performs her work globally at festivals, literary programs, on television and more. Because of the social involvement and urgency that is expressed in her work, Babs is also regularly asked to present her work during social initiatives or events such as the February Strike and Slavery Remembrance Day. In 2018, she won the Black Achievement Award for Art and Culture, and in 2021 she published her first book of poetry Doe Het Toch Maar. During our workshop with VU Pride and FAM, Babs will tell us about writing and performing and have us try it out. 

So come join us in 3D (on campus) to hear from Babs, experiment with spoken word, and to use your own voice through this powerful medium! Drinks and snacks will be provided. Will we see you there? Make sure to sign up via the link below!

Date: 25 May, Time: 18:45-21:00, Location: 3D (campus square), Cost: free of charge, sign up: click here

Weekly on Tuesdays: Study Group
Want to hang out with other VU Pride supporters, relax, grab a coffee and study? Starting from the 22nd of February, there will be weekly study groups in the Pride Library every Tuesday from 12.00p.m. until 5.00p.m. These study groups are unstructured, so feel free to drop by between lectures or join us for the full time: whatever you prefer. There will always be at least one of our lovely core group members there if you want to stop by and get to know us better. It's a great time to get to know your fellow VU Pride members better, while also getting your work done!

Date: every Tuesday, Time: 12:00-17:00, Location: Pride Library, cost: free of charge

Bi-weekly on Wednesdays: Game Night
Time to have some fun everyone! In the Pride library we have a whole host of board games, from Jenga to Unstable Unicorns, but feel free to also bring your favourite game from home with you. Or are online games more your thing? Join us and to have some laughs and play games like Kahoot, Skribbl.io, Jackbox, Cards Against Humanity and many more! You just need to grab your phone, get in the Zoom, and have fun! So come join us after a busy day, pick a game, and have fun! Game nights are bi-weekly, and they alternate between in person and online.

On-campus game nights are every four weeks from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Online game nights are every four weeks starting from 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. 

Schedule
In person game nights: 
- 15 June 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- 13 July  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Online game nights: 
- 1 June 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.
- 29 June 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.
- 27 July 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.

You can sign up for game nights here! You only have to sign up once. After signing up we will ask you which dates you plan on being there, to give us an idea of how many wonderful VU Pride supporters we can prepare for!

VU Pride's Guide for Trans, Intersex, Non-binary Students and Staff at VU Amsterdam

Download here (Dutch version)

Why is this guide important for staff, students, and VU Amsterdam?
Diversity is a spearhead of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which strives for 'inclusive excellence'whereby students, teachers, lecturers, and employees within VU use mutual differences tostimulate more creativity and talent development.

How was the guide created?
This was a collaborative process involving stakeholders at all stages of the process:

  1. identifying the need for a guide for trans, non-binary, and intersex students and staff 
  2. creating a survey and collecting data (see more details in the guide)
  3. putting together content for the guide with students and staff from across the university.

What next?
The guide will be reviewed at regular intervals in order to update the content where needed,based on changes in processes or information.

How can you help?
Please share the guide with your networks. We welcome feedback. Please email pride@vu.nl with your input so we can keep improving the guide. Thank you!

VU Pride’s tips & tricks for an inclusive teaching environment

With great pride we would like to introduce our latest VU Pride creation: a document with Tips & Tricks for teachers (to be) on an inclusive teaching environment. Click here to access the document (Dutch)

This short documents sums up what teachers can do to:

  • Make their classroom a safe(r) place for LGBTQIA+ students
  • Make their classes and literature more reflective of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Be more inclusive in the way they address their students
  • And much more. 

Are you a teacher or TA? Please enjoy our document, which is hopefully an easy way to be more inclusive in your teaching.
Are you a (former) student? Please send this document to your teacher(s) if you think it might be of interest to them.

Become a supporter or a member

Would you like to be involved in VU Pride? We would love to hear from you! Contact us on pride@vu.nl. Would you like to receive our updates? Please subscribe as a VU Pride Supporter

Pride Library

On Purple Friday 2021, we officially opened our Pride Library. In our Pride Library you will find hundreds of rainbow books, both fiction, non-fiction and academic work. You can borrow the books through the University Library's lending system or enjoy them in the space itself. Aside from reading you will be able to play one of our (queer) board games, use the space to collaborate with other amateur writers, or host poetry slams and other social activities. Come take a look soon, you can find the Pride Library in the main building on the 2nd floor behind the elevator group in the B wing.

More about us

  • Meet our Committees!

    VU Pride has several committees, send an e-mail to pride@vu.nl if you have interest in joining one or more committees!

    DICK Committee (Diversity Inclusivity Community and Kindness) checks all our activities and material if they are diverse, inclusive and non-offensive.

    Peer Support Committee organizes activities such as the VU Pride TalkS! These sessions are there if you want to talk about your day-to-day life and experiences as LGBTQIA+ person.

    SCAF Committee (Science, Culture, Arts and Fun) is in charge of organizing get togethers for all our supporters and friends. Past events included a pubquiz, parties and more.

    Academic Committee hosts the Wild Wednesday Webinars which invites researchers to talk about their research which are all related to LGBTQ+ topics.

    Check our Youtube channel to view previous webinars. For the academic year 2021-2022 we are looking to host new academic events. Do you have a topic you want to learn more about? Or are you a scholar who would like to contribute to this? Please send us an e-mail with your thoughts!

    Movie Committee aims to feature LGBTQIA+ on campus. VU Pride cooperates with the Amsterdam movie organization Rialto.

    VU Pride Library Committee is creating our own VU Pride section at the university library featuring fiction and non-fiction books about LGBTQIA+ topics.

    Inclusive Curriculum Committee creates material to help teachers and professors to make their lectures and courses more inclusive. This includes providing information about gender, pronouns and more.

  • You can’t have a rainbow without any rain, VU Pride TalkS! and more

    One way in which we bring people together is through the peer support group we organize: VU Pride talks!. We discuss a different topic related to our community every month. One evening we talked about gender expression for instance and another about mental health as an LGBTQIA+ person. VU Pride Talks is a safe space for people to share experiences, vent and lift each other up. It has been great that we could still provide that sense of community online during the pandemic. Sessions are announced here on our website and on our Instagram page.

    There are also many other initiatives on campus focus on wellbeing, which you can find here.

    If you are feeling depressed or suicidal, please reach out to the social safety team of VU Amsterdam. You can find more info and contact details here

    You can also sign up for Praat Online, an online programme from the University of Groningen for people with suicidal thoughts and how to deal with them. 

    There is a cooperation of the VU with Gezonde Boel, they offer e-learnings on different subjects, take a look here

  • Social safety @ VU Amsterdam

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam does not tolerate any form of discrimination, intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment or other behaviours that violate our Principles. These constitute undesirable conduct, and they have no place at VU Amsterdam. Any form of behaviour or communication that makes you feel unsafe or that makes you afraid is worth reporting. To report this kind of behaviour, or to ask a question, contact the social safety coordinators via e-mail, WhatsApp or phone. You can find more information and contact details here.

  • Our achievements

    • A monthly series of webinars, fully focused on queer science! The Wild Wednesday Webinars
    • In cooperation with the IT team of VU, the pronoun options on both Zoom and Canvas have been adapted to be more inclusive
    • Hosting of a monthly peer support group, various movie nights, karaoke nights, ‘VU Pride Social Hour’ and many more fun events.
    • Establishing of a working group on bi+ issues, to give this often overlooking group their well-deserved place within the community.
    • Setting up a list with over 1,000 books which will soon be found in the Pride Library
    • Developing and sharing materials to make the curricula at VU Amsterdam more inclusive in the area of sexual and gender diversity.
    • Setting up a network with eight student ambassadors, in different faculties.
    • Informing policy makers at VU Amsterdam on the necessity of gender inclusive toilets. The first toilets are already there, with hopefully many more to follow!
    • And much, much more. Would you like to hear all about our achievements? Sign up as VU Pride Supporter!

Contact

Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact us! And if you want to become a VU Pride supporter and receive our newsletter, please fill in the form.

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