Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

AUAS endorses Purple Manifesto

10 Dec 2020 09:50 | Communication

An open and safe university of applied sciences, where everyone can just be themselves – a vision to which Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences has committed by endorsing the Purple Manifesto.

In the education sector, LGBTI+ students and staff continue to be bullied and discriminated against more than non-LGBTI+ students and staff. AUAS considers it important for its students and staff to feel free to be themselves. Nobody should be afraid of rejection or prejudice based on who they are or who they love. Unfortunately, many students and staff do not always feel safe enough to be open about their sexual or gender identity.

Social safety of LGBTI+ students and staff

In order to increase the social safety of LGBTI+ students and staff at our university of applied sciences, AUAS has endorsed the Purple Manifesto. The manifesto is an initiative of Student Pride NL and COC Nederland, a Dutch organisation advocating for the rights of the LGBT individuals. The manifesto focuses on broadening the scope of inclusivity, increasing visibility, organising support and supporting the LGBTI+ community. Last September, AUAS signed the Amsterdam agreement for inclusive higher education, committing to creating a safe ‘climate’ for all students, teaching staff and support staff. The signing of the Purple Manifesto underlines this promise. HvA Pride organises various activities that reflect the points of attention in the Purple Manifesto. Together with the Diversity and Inclusion programme, HvA Pride will continue to work towards a safe learning environment for LGBTI+ students and staff.

Purple Friday

To draw attention to the visibility and safety of the LGBTI+ community, AUAS will participate in Purple Friday on Friday, 11 December. By wearing the colour purple, students and staff will be able to demonstrate their solidarity with homosexual, bisexual, lesbian and transsexual fellow students and colleagues on this day. HvA Pride is calling on everyone to post a photo of their most purple or colourful outfit on Instagram and tag @hvapride in the post. You can download a Purple Friday Package from www.paarsevrijdag.nl. This package includes material that aims to colour as many things purple as possible, such as a purple social media frame or a Purple Friday Zoom/Teams background.

If you are an AUAS student or staff member with ideas on how to raise awareness for the LGBTI+ community, or if you’d like to meet fellow students or colleagues who feel connected to this community from time to time, send an email to hvapride@hva.nl.