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Frank dialogue on racism

05 October 2020

On Thursday 1 October 2020, the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences organised the second meeting in a series of sessions on racism.

This time for English-speaking students and staff. The school started this series as a result of the many reactions to the blog in Profielen about Black Lives Matter. The first interview took place on 14 July which was attended by about thirty students and staff members.

The conversation last Thursday was facilitated by Jean Marie Molina (research lecturer) and Jessica Shinnick (Advisor Internationalisation) and took place in a small setting. Molina: "The small-scale character, in particular, allowed for frank and in-depth dialogue. It was very valuable and also emotional. We were determined to come up with concrete ideas for what we can do ourselves, but also what we expect from the school.

More dialogue, but now online

The school will be organising more dialogue on racism in the near future. In connection with the tightened Covid-19 measures, these will no longer take place at on location, but online. The school is inviting students and staff to share their experiences and exchange ideas during these meetings. They are a prelude to concrete follow-up steps that the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences intends to take in order to combat racism.


Students and staff members who wish to participate to the online discussion, can register here.