Zawdie Sandvliet is a Social Studies teacher and a professor of Afro-Dutch Studies at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. In order to learn more about the history of the Dutch involvement in the system and trade of slavery, Zawdie studied African American Studies on a Fulbright Scholarship at Boston University after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After his return to the Netherlands, he took the initiative to start a course on Afro-Dutch studies at the University of Amsterdam, a decolonial interdisciplinary course that focuses on the history and present-day realities of Afro-Dutch people. Through his work as a Social Studies teacher and with his Afro-Dutch studies course, Zawdie tries to create educational equity across class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and gender. In his free time, he likes to read, longboard, surf, exercise, and cook vegan meals.
“Online education should be accessible to pupils and students from all communities.”
Updated June 2021
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Livecast 'Reinventing Democratic Spaces': Amsterdam Action Academy
Op 5 mei is het Nederlandse Bevrijdingsdag. Elk jaar herinneren we onszelf eraan dat we zowel onze vrijheid als onze democratie moeten beschermen en dat - hoe sterk een democratische samenleving ook lijkt - ze niet als vanzelfsprekend mag worden beschouwd. Kom op 5 mei naar LIVECAST: Reinventing Democratic Spaces, met vier Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows.