Diversity and the university: the challenge of global justice

20Feb2017 12:30 - 14:00


In 2016, the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam elaborated a report in response to the student demands to transform the university towards a more inclusive and open space. Rolando Vázquez will present the integral approach to diversity that the commission developed by addressing the following questions:

  • What is the university's role vis-a-vis global epistemic justice? 
  • How can we foster diversity in our ways of teaching and learning? 
  • How can we move towards a more meaningful approach to knowledge? 
  • How can the university contribute to the formation of engaged global citizens? 
Speaker:  Rolando Vázquez teaches Sociology at Univeristy College Roosevelt, University of Utrecht. He co-authored the report of the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam in 2016. Since 2010, he coordinates with Walter Mignolo the Middelburg Decolonial Summer School. Through his work he seeks to develop practices of thinking and learning that transgress disciplinary and geo-political boundaries. His research on relational temporalities seeks to overcome the western critique of modernity and contribute to the ongoing efforts to decolonise knowledge, aesthetics and subjectivity. 
Venue: Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113
1098 XG Amsterdam
Convenors:  Diversity and Outreach Student Work Group


Published by  Amsterdam University College