African and Caribbean Heritage Network
ACHN is a UU student-led Diversity Network centred in Utrecht, celebrating African&Caribbean heritage by means of social and educational activities. It is a thriving community open to all students and staff of African and Caribbean descent and for those interested in learning more about African and Caribbean culture.
Culture is that which shapes us; it shapes our identity and influences our behaviour. Culture is our way of being and refers to the shared language, beliefs, values, norms, behaviours, and material objects that are passed down from one generation to the next. ACHN therefore believes that cultural diversity helps us recognise and respect ‘ways of being’ that are not necessarily our own, so that as we interact with others we can build bridges to trust, respect, and understanding across cultures.
ACHN's goal is to be a groundbreaking organisation that leads the way in representation for all students, both undergraduates and postgraduates.
ACHN aims to:
- Create a supportive space for students of African and Caribbean heritage to feel seen, heard, and celebrated;
- Connect, give students a sense of belonging, a community;
- Develop a network of African and Caribbean UU students, UU staff members and young professionals in Utrecht to share experiences and advice about social and professional life as well as opportunities in the Netherlands;
- Facilitate spaces to host events that celebrate and highlight African and Caribbean cultures; and welcoming students of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds to participate
- Share knowledge and raise awareness on matters related to equality, diversity and inclusion by providing a platform
Our mission is to educate, empower and entertain our fellow students, UU staff members, + alumni!