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

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.

DO NOT GET UPSET: 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.
  • 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.

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

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.

The DAI's Covid-19 Protocol

COUNCIL - DAI's consultative student body 

Student Led General Assembly

DAI's Protocol for Tutor-Student Contacts 

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

* 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:

*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 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. 

* For advice while trying to find your groove, as well as more specifically, on fundraising and networking strategies in and around the Netherlands, please 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 below, 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 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. 

*If you feel the need for a confidential meeting outside of the direct DAI context, you can always contact the student counsellor’s office of ArtEZ.

*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, here are some addresses and links: 

Emergency: call 112

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

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 

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 Netwerk Nederland (website only in Dutch, but English no problem when contacting)

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

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)

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.

Transcultural Therapy:

Expertisecentrum Transculturele Therapie (website only in Dutch, but English 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

Studying with a disability, physical or mental:

How inclusive is the Netherlands for people living with disabilities?

Addiction Care: 

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

Drugs in the Netherlands - official governement site