Certificate Programme

Certificate Programme

The Certificate Programme is a selective programme for students interested in providing quality work and services to community organizations tackling global issues. It is designed for enthusiastic students from the Faculty of Humanities working together with students from the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Governance, though students from other Faculties are also welcome to apply. Students who were selected to take part in community-engagement projects, where they provide services to local community organizations and initiatives, have found meaningful and creative ways to help give back to their communities. 

The following students were selected in the academic year 2017/2018:

Maartje van den Biggelaar
Municipality of Utrecht and Utrecht 4 Global Goals (U4GG)
Utrecht is a ‘global goals city’ which means that the city strives to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are set for 2030. The goals aim to combat extreme poverty and inequality, to counteract climate change and to stimulate investments in fair and sustainable ideas. Through the SGDs, the United Nations calls for active participation of everyone to achieve these goals. To raise awareness for the SDGs, the city of Utrecht collaborates with the organization ‘Utrecht 4 Global Goals’ (U4GG), citizens of Utrecht, and other private organizations. Maartje will be helping out the organization Utrecht 4 Global Goals in their mission to raise awareness amongst the citizens of Utrecht. Therefore, she will engage in conversation with visitors in the city hall and find links and collaboration between companies and the SDGs.

Hazelya Djaja
Green Office Utrecht (GOU)
The Green Office Utrecht (GOU) aims to be the central hub for students, faculty, and staff to come together to support Utrecht University’s sustainable development. GOU acts as a platform to facilitate the formation of sustainable ideas into tangible projects and initiatives. Human consumption, which has a large impact on the environment, is one of the main issues the GOU wants to tackle. Utrecht University has set an environmentally ambitious goal, namely to be a Zero Emission Institute by 2030. In order to achieve this, the GOU is launching a new campaign with the theme “Reduce - Reuse - Recycle”. This campaign aims to better inform people about the impact of our everyday consumer behaviour on our environment, as well as enable them to change their behaviour. Within this campaign, Hazelya will work with the ‘Pop-up Secondhand Project’, which aims to match newly arriving students who need materials, such as furniture or appliances, with those materials left by outgoing students. This is a pilot project of the GOU.

Josh Ryan
IMPACT is an independent organised, officially established in 2017, which seeks to offer a positive contribution in preventing and addressing human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence. The aim is to positively influence policy makers, young people, professionals and others working in the field of human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence. This is done through research and advice, education and awareness, training and capacity building and empowerment projects and advocacy. Josh will be working alongside another volunteer and one of the co-founders, Anne-Marie de Brouwer on a crowdfunding project from February 2018 for IMPACT to publish a second updated edition of their book The Men Who Killed Me: Rwandan Survivors of Sexual Violence. This is the first time that both Josh and IMPACT have worked on a crowdfunding project. 

Loulou van den Steen van Ommeren
Aman Centrum
The Aman Centrum is an organisation that was established in the beginning of 2017, with the primary objective of constructing a safe future for its target audience. The target audience primarily consists of men, women and children from the Middle East who experienced or still are experiencing violence. Such traumatic experiences are seen to create barriers to adapting to a life in Utrecht. In order to help create a peaceful future, the Aman Centrum therefore aims to promote post violence social participation, offer information to those who experienced or still are experiencing (domestic) violence, as well as passing knowledge about cultural differences to relevant Dutch organisations. As one of the approximately six volunteers, Loulou will primarily contribute to the launch of the organisation’s first project. The objective of this project is to provide 200 people with information on domestic violence, of whom 10 per cent is predicted to be brought in contact with Dutch organisations. In addition, she hopes to help out with the organisation itself by promoting it, improving the organisation’s website, and contacting other organisations and institutions for possible partnerships.