VU Amsterdam’s staff and students are an extremely diverse group of people. Diversity and inclusiveness is something that we have striven for since the university was founded. It is a fundamental part of our identity. Our campus is a dynamic workplace that is constantly evolving. One aspect of its nature that doesn’t change its ‘inclusive excellence’. People feel they belong here and that their motivations, aspirations and ideas are fully accepted. All staff members at VU Amsterdam work hard to ensure that everyone feels welcome here.
VU Amsterdam believes that diversity brings essential differences. Diversity helps thinking in a broader perspective. This is an essential part in delivering excellent teaching and research, but also on making a real impact on society. Because, without talented people – whatever their views, knowledge, background and motivation – this grand ambition would remain forever out of reach.
‘Being different is an advantage, but creating an inclusive learning and working environment requires trust and awareness.’ - Karen van Oudenhoven, VU Amsterdam Chief Diversity Officer
VU Amsterdam promotes networks that embrace the concept of diversity, such as: