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8th December 2023 All day

Purple Friday Queer Celebration

Academia@Workplace Pride & Women@Workplace Pride in collaboration with Student Pride kindly invite you to an inspiring Purple Friday event about “Success stories in the male, heteronormative world of education and research”

Location              : Workplace Pride office,  Herengracht 575-577, 1017 CD Amsterdam

Online                      : https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88937633272?pwd=ampLY9arBPcfp6WhmhObLB1i4skbLq.1  
Details                   : Meeting ID: 889 3763 3272 — Passcode: 932262

Date                      : 8 December 2023
Time                     : 12.00 -13:00 (CET) – followed by a lunch (Live stream from 12.00 – 13.00)

Purple Friday Queer Celebration

In the wake of the recent elections where several parties which have taken distinctive anti-queer and anti-feminist positions have surged in the election outcome, we want to address how this affects the overall political climate and the implications for students, staff and faculty at universities and universities of applied science. Specifically, we will explore success stories how queer and female students & staff thrive in the male dominated, heteronormative world of education and academia. 

There will be time to ask burning questions during the panel session hosted by Academia@Workplace Pride lead Michiel Kolman (he/him) and Women@Workplace Pride lead Angelique Meul.

Have you seen: https://vu.nl/en/news/2023/response-after-dutch-election-result


11:30 – 12.00 Doors open
12.00 – 13.00 Panel discussion with Dr. Ajay Jagadeesh, lecturer TU Delft, vice-chair True U (he/him),
                        Nova Duwel, student and chair of the board SV Queer Saxion (they/them) and Chantal van der Putten, board member of Student Pride (she/her)
13.00 – 14:00 Lunch 

Purple Friday is a day on which pupils and students can show their solidarity with LGBTIQ+ people by wearing the colour purple at school. In the Netherlands, the day has been held on the second Friday of December every year since 2010. Purple Friday was inspired by Spirit Day in the United States, which was first held in 2010 as an expression against bullying of LGBTIQ+ youth.

Purple Friday is traditionally celebrated at schools but over the last couple of years, we’ve seen that higher education, and the corporate workplaces are embracing this celebration of solidarity with the LGBTIQ+ community.