Between May 13th and May 17th you can vote for the Central Student Council and your Faculty Student Council by visiting stem.uva.nl. But why should you vote? We make it easy for you. In the next days we’ll speak with all the party leaders. Today: Lydia Shala (Red UvA), Donna Pepers: (De Vrije Student), and Freya Chiappino (Tof).
Describe your party in five key words.
Lydia Shala (Red UvA): ‘Critical, activist, abstentionist, involved, change-oriented.’
Donna Pepers: (De Vrije Student): ’Personal development, digitisation, personal, guidance, participation.’
Freya Chiappino (Tof): ‘Decentralised, diverse, sustainable, honest and social.’
Rescuing small studies or not?
Lydia: ‘The world starts and ends with language. Smaller language studies should be saved and properly funded.’
Freya: ‘We believe that the Faculty of Humanities is and must remain a broad faculty, as small studies within the faculty provide an added value to education.’
What does your party want to achieve in the council next year?
Lydia: ‘Participation in decision-making at the UvA has proven to be irrelevant when it comes to actual decision making. For this reason, Red UvA will not be present in the council: we’d rather take action ourselves to work towards a decolonised, decentralised, and open university.’
Donna: ‘A flexible BSA: from binding study advice to personal study advice. Increasing the quality of education, making it possible for courses to be followed digitally. A diversity policy without positive discrimination by means of quota. Implementing a maximum assessment period for teaching staff.’
Freya: ‘More diversity, a lower workload and a democratic faculty where students and teachers are heard.’
What are your personal motives for wanting to do this?
Lydia: ‘The university is supposed to be the students, and I feel the urge to put my money where my mouth is. That is why I will gladly take to the streets to fight for the interests of students and teaching staff.’
Donna: ‘The UvA lacks a focus on personal guidance. Students should not be regarded as mere numbers, to be assessed solely on their results. It is important that our motivation is increased by moving away from the BSA. I believe more attention to personal guidance is crucial.’
Freya: ‘During my year in the program committee, I have noticed that there are many changes going on at the Faculty of Humanities that students and teachers have no influence over. I want to be somewhere where I can understand these changes and make a difference for students.’