Since the Black Lives Matter wave of 2020, voices that have been previously unheard are coming to the foreground. Acknowledging this and realizing the potential for change and equity, ARA (Anti-Racist Association of Wageningen) and the WUR (Wageningen University & Research), worked together on a proposal to tackle Racism and Discrimination within our organization and our campus.
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The plan was approved and encouraged by the Executive Board in March 2021 and includes actions for the duration of the 3-year project. It is important that these actions and subsequent changes reach beyond the lifespan of this project, to guarantee a long-term DAREing culture. Therefore, lessons and experiences will be shared proactively throughout the WUR.
The project name is DARE and it is initially a 3-year program. Over the course of the next few years this plan will work along 4 dimensions to tackle Racism and Discrimination in a broader sense. The goal is to establish anti-discrimination policies, practices and procedures, and usher in a culture of Decolonization, Anti-Racism, Anti-Discrimination, Equity and Equal Chances.
Joyce van der Velde and Percy Cicilia Jr. are DARE Project leads and steer the Coordinating Team. Other DAREing members of the team are Sophia Weituschat, Christina (Kiki) Cappello, Heather ten Ham and Eva Siebelink.
The DARE project is organized around 4 themes, called pillars, with a member of the DARE Coordinating Team focusing on a primary pillar.
The aim is to have an inclusive and safe working and study environment in Wageningen University & Research. We need your help to push forward the movement to an inclusive and safe working environment and tackle discrimination in a broader sense to make sure that anti-racism and anti-discrimination is structurally embedded in our organization.