Rights, Care, Support

"When we are loving we openly and honestly express care, affection, responsibility, respect, commitment, and trust. Definitions are vital starting points for the imagination. What we cannot imagine cannot come into being. A good definition marks our starting point and lets us know where we want to end up. As we move toward our desired destination we chart the journey, creating a map. We need a map to guide us on our journey to love - starting with the place where we know what we mean when we speak of love." - bell hooks, All about love

"We need to learn, or re-learn, how to build comradeship and solidarity instead of doing capital’s work for it by condemning and abusing each other. This doesn’t mean, of course, that we must always agree – on the contrary, we must create conditions where disagreement can take place without fear of exclusion and excommunication." - Mark Fisher, Exiting the Vampire Castle

“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.” - Ijeoma Oluo.

“Live as if you were already free.” - David Graeber

Emergency: call 112

112 is a common emergency telephone number that can be dialed free of charge from most mobile telephones.

Arriving in the Netherlands/Europe, and in urgent need of practical information & info on cultural etiquette(for better or for worse):

DAI's Quick Arrival Guide for International Students - an invaluable SUPER GUIDE, entirely written by DAI students and alumni and crew for incoming DAI students.

PLEASE DO NOT GET UPSET WHEN YOU SUDDENLY HEAR THIS: all over the Netherlands, the public warning sirens are tested at exactly 12.00 noon on the first Monday of every month. The siren sounds for 1 minute and 26 seconds without interruption. This is only a test signal so there is nothing to worry about. Government information about this.  See also Siren, an artistic research project by Fotini Gouseti (DAI, 2013).

+31 MAG.nl ~The Netherlands, an outsiders view - a multicultural European project of citizen journalism that produces and promotes quality grassroots news. Texts in Italian and in English. 

The rights and obligations that apply if you are enrolled as a student at the ArtEZ University of the Arts are to be found here: 

The ArtEZ Student Charter 

If you are a student at ArtEZ where can you go?

  • If you feel the need for a confidential meeting, you can go to the student counsellor’s office. The student counsellors of ArtEZ are there for you to discuss various topics in confidence, be it your study progress, other study issues or questions of a personal nature. The ArtEZ student counsellors are also intermediaries for students with a study impairment, such as a disability. 
  • If you are faced with undesirable behaviour, you can also contact the intermediary at ArtEZ. There are also intermediaries for members of staff. ArtEZ has a Complaints Committee for Undesirable Behaviour, which investigates complaints. The student counsellors and intermediaries can tell you more about this.
  • ArtEZ offers access to anonymous and independent training sessions. You can choose from over 60 training sessions in the field of mental resilienceGezondeboel offers a safe and clear online platform where you can find training sessions to get started independently and anonymously. The offering varies from (corona-related) stress to happiness, fatigue to learning to plan and everything in between. Think of mindfulness, lifestyle, happiness, relaxation or fear of failure. The training sessions consist of psychoeducation, interactive exercises, accompanying videos, practical examples, and more. The platform offers two types of training: self-contained training and supervised training ('blended care’). English-language training courses are also available. You simply log in with your ArtEZ account and can get started right away: https://gezondeboel.artez.nl 
  • If you want to join forces with other students within the larger university, Hungry, Angry, Late and Tired, HALT for short, is a student initiative committed to improving intersectional inclusivity within ArtEZ. HALT wants to bridge the gap between students of marginalised groups and the board of ArtEZ.Contact: HALT@ArtEZ.nl                                      https://www.instagram.com/hungryangrylateandtired                  https://www.facebook.com/HaltArtEZ/
  • If you want to know how, in 2020-2021 the DAI is embedded in the governance framework of the ArtEZ University of the Arts and how student participation in decision-making is organised both at the level of ArtEZ as well as the DAI, you should read this page .

Student support outside ArtEZ/DAI:

  • The LSVb is the advocacy organization/student union for all students in the Netherlands, dedicated to better and affordable education, better and affordable housing, more involvement for students and good study counselling and guidance.
  • The UAF has been providing support to refugee students and professionals in their studies and in finding suitable employment on the Dutch labour market since 1948.

    *  Information by immigration lawyers on studying (and staying) in the Netherlands.  

DAI specific: How To Live Together Under A Roving Roof ?

DAI takes a firm stand against anti-Blackness, anti-Semitism, anti-Arabism, and all other manifestations of racial, ethnic, religious, nationalist, colonial, economic, cultural, ableist, ageist, neurotypical, patriarchical, misogynist, hetero-normative prejudice and oppression; openly or latent, from person to person as well as systemic and institutional. It takes work to understand how Eurocentrism and white as well as male privileges continue to shape our power relations and how we behave. Everywhere; but certainly also at the DAI, even though all of us try hard to educate ourselves, aiming do the right thing and to break away from ingrained patterns. To become the truly intersectional program that we all dream of, we must never stop listening and always think introspectively through the complex, cumulative ways in which divergent forms of discrimination impact the wellbeing of distinct members of our student body, our crew and faculty, ourselves. 


The DAI Awareness Document is an important text crafted in 2016 by a group of then students, which has been guiding us till this very day.

DAI Awareness (Re)sources


DAI's Protocol for Tutor-Student Contacts 

The DAI's Covid-19 Protocol


COUNCIL - DAI's consultative student body 

Student Led General Assembly

DAI crew available to support you during and in-between DAI Weeks

It is important to keep in mind that all pastoral care and support for the 3000 students at ArtEZ, the overriding university, has been centrally organized and is steered by ArtEZ Student Affairs. Meaning that no budgets are made available to the DAI (or to any other program or course) to hire specialised counsellors or mediators to join in at program level, on location. If you feel the need for a confidential meeting you must in principle contact the student counsellor’s office of ArtEZ. 

That said: the DAI crew is dedicated to help wherever and whenever we can and we will re-direct you to external professionals or to the ArtEZ counsellors if necessary. 

* In general: when we say "crew" we mean all those who are, by means of their labor, in one way or another, facilitating study at DAI. By "faculty"we mean all those who have been invited by DAI to teach, respond, review, lead or coach students or student collectives. Both, the members of our crew as well as our faculty are in majority employed as free-lancers, implicating that they are not paid for engaging with the students outside the context of "study at DAI". ALL, we are proud to say, are super generous people, they will not easily turn you down if you address them with a question. We therefore beg you to please respect how tasks and workload at DAI have been divided. Thank you for your understanding.

Here is an overview of  crew members in charge of your wellbeing as a student at DAI:

* For all things in direct relation to your health and well being as a roaming student, please contact Jacq van der Spek: senior program co-ordinator hospitality & care, as well as emergency response certificate holder. 

*When in need of a recommendation letter (also if it needs a signature from the head of program), or of advice and support on all "technicalities" around your study (points, rules, registration, regulations, deferral, mediation with ArtEZ departments, Project Fund payments etc etc), please contact Rik Fernhout: advisor, senior learning co-ordinator study trajectory. 

* For advice while trying to find your groove as an art professional in to be established networks in and around the Netherlands. Also for fundraising strategies you are welcome to contact Margret Wibmer: advisor international students. 

* When landing in Arnhem, please contact Krista Jantowski: advisor students.

*In general: feel free to ask the DAI Care Crew to help you make connection with any of the help organisations listed on this page, should you feel intimidated by their Dutch websites or otherwise. 

* Please note that once per academic year, following their Kitchen presentation, every student at the DAI is scheduled for a one-on-one meeting of one hour with the artistic director | head of program, Gabriëlle Schleijpen. If you need to share or discuss an urgent and/ or sensitive issue of major importance to your study and/or general wellbeing, you are most welcome to contact her and ask for an ad hoc additional (skype-)meeting, preferably to be scheduled in between two DAI Weeks. 

*Please note that: Nikos Doulos, Florian Göttke (both closely connected to our Faculty at the COOPs and HTDTWT) and Peter Sattler (all things "tech" ) should NOT be contacted for any student affairs other than those directly related to the functioning of the COOP studygroups, the Planetary Campus  HTDTWT seminars and thesis coaching.


If you are in the Netherlands and in need of support, advice and solidarity (outside of the academy), here are some addresses and links: 

Dutch organisation for suicide prevention: call 113 

or call free 0800-0113

line open 24/7


  • discuss things with one of the psychologists

  • take an online therapy course

  • do the self-test

  • Leaflet 113

General introduction to Dutch Healthcare / General Practioners:

The GP is your first contact in The Netherlands, even if you would prefer to see a specialist. The GP will assess your symptoms and give you a referral to a specialist if they deem It necessary.  The GPs have experience with a wide range of symptoms and treatments. It’s always a good idea to invest in a strong relationship with your GP and explain any personal or cultural concerns you have so they can support you. READ MORE 


How inclusive is the Netherlands for people living with disabilities?

Undesirable behaviour & sexual assault: 

The central, collective disclosure office for undesirable behaviour in the performing arts, film and television sectors: https://mores.online/en/who-is-it-for/ This office and the confidential advisors are independent. It was initiated by various organisations in the performing arts, film and television sectors and is for everyone working in these sectors.

For urgent help: Sexual Assault Center can be reached 24/7: phone 0800-0188

Roze in Blauw (Pink in Blue) - national network within the Dutch Police Force - which supports LGBTQ+ when filing a complaint in relation to discrimination and violence in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation(website only in Dutch, but English no problem when contacting). In urgent matters always call the alarm number 112 first !!! 

Women & LGBTQ+: 

COC Netherlands is an organization advocating for the rights of lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT’s) since 1946. COC strives for the decriminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity and for equal rights, emancipation and social acceptance of LGBT’s in the Netherlands and all over the world. COC is one of the few LGBT organizations that has a special consultative status with the United Nations.

Transgender Info is a community-run website (here the link to the English version) facilitated by the advocacy organisation Transgender Netwerk Nederland.

Transgender Netwerk Nederland (this website is only in Dutch).

Trans United Europe ( including information about the organisation's trans-led clinic in Amsterdam)

Mama Cash supports women, girls, trans people and intersex people who fight for their rights.

Bi+ website (in Dutch).

Queer Moslims: website (in Dutch)                                         

Reproductive rights and abortion:

* in the Netherlands - official governement site

*direct help, anywhere: Women On Web


Reporting discrimination - official governement site

European Network Against Racism

Kick Out Zwarte Piet

Nederland wordt beter ( The Netherlands are improving / getting better ~ website in English)

Control Alt Delete: Dutch organization active against ethnic profiling (website in Dutch only).

Een Ander Joods Geluid (A Different Jewish Voice) wants to get rid of the taboo that Jews should not criticize Israel and that they do not accept this from non-Jews as well. Een Ander Joods Geluid wants to get to the point that critical voices both within and outside Jewish circles can be heard without immediately being labeled as ‘anti-Israel’.

Asians in the Netherlands; the hidden discrimination

mãi mãi collectiveVietnamese Collective (Re)connecting To Our Roots

Lawyer specializing in Immigration:

Franssen Advocaten believe in the importance of a citizen’s right to proper legal representation against powerful government offices such as the IND (Immigration and Naturalization Service), especially when fundamental human rights are in jeopardy.


ONSbank is an initiative by a group of artists, musicians and sports people, aiming to support Dutch-speaking young people (till 27) with problematic ( official) debts by coaching them towards a debt-free future (no costs involved). Website in Dutch language. https://www.onsbank.nl

Transcultural psychiatry and therapy:

i-psy: specialists in intercultural psychiatry

Expertisecentrum Transculturele Therapie (website only in Dutch, but English should be no problem when contacting)

ARQ National Pyschotrauma Centre:

is a group of  Dutch based institutions and organizations engaged on the impact of overwhelming events and psychotrauma. https://www.arq.org/en/about-us

Addiction Care: 

Alcoholics Anonymous  https://aa-netherlands.org. AA helpline: 020 - 625 60 57

Drugs in the Netherlands - official governement site