Black Lives Matter @UU: Creating Change

In Fall and Winter 2020/2021, Utrecht University is organising a series of events to facilitate an open discussion with the Black Lives Movement as inspiration.

The mission of Utrecht University is "We are working towards a better world". Those are not only words meant for the world outside. They also concern us - as an organisation and as an employer. The university  strives to be a place where everyone feels welcome and safe.

Becoming an inclusive university takes effort. It requires that we actively adapt policies and create space for open debate. For example, about the role the university plays in our current racialised system, or about the implications  of an inclusive university - for our research agenda, our curriculum and our HR policy, and what it implies to our behaviour, as individuals. To explore these questions, we are organising a series of events. We hope to hear from the speakers and the public what they see as possible answers. Together we can create positive change.

Upcoming events

Upcoming events are announced in our agenda.

Portrait of Gary Younge
Gary Younge

Watch previous recordings

The first event in the series, titled 'Why Black Lives Matter in Europe', was organised by Utrecht University College on 12 October 2020. The keynote was given by Professor of Sociology and writer Gary Younge and was followed by a conversation with writer and artist Quinsy Gario. Watch the recorded session.


We have been deeply wracked by the injustice caused by racism, which has been made so prominent by the unjust murder of George Floyd in the U.S. and by the global Black Lives Matter movement. How do we reckon with this at Utrecht University?

Read our statement