The Student Council? We are a group of students from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and The Sandberg Institute. As a council, we want to lend a hand, share knowledge, and listen carefully. We are here as representation and see ourselves as a bridge providing students and staff with information and resources. We are here to create a place for more care and would like to cultivate an even ground for all students.
The Student Council was formed from student-organised initiatives and has since become an officially paid working student position in the academy, each year around November we look for new members. We have an advisor and a coordinator. We have a non-hierarchical organizational and decision-making structure. We have a meeting once a week, mostly on Mondays.
We host two funding rounds a year, always around February and October, we fund student-led projects that engage with the community. Like the Garden Department, Bring your own book fair, the Rietveld Living room, Vinyl floor project and many other projects. Yet, we are always open to new ideas!
We strive for greater transparency within the administrative structures of the institution. We have written minutes of most of our meetings, feel free to ask.
If you would like to know more read our Dolphinfesto.
Lina Bravo Mora (Ecologies of Transformation - Sandberg Almunus)
Jale Sezgin (Design Lab - Rietveld)
Michelangelo Magnini (Design - Sandberg)
Sherine Salla (Design - Sandberg)
Siwon Noh (VAV - Rietveld)
Juli Jaworski (Large Glass - Rietveld)
Sonia Kazovsky (Coordinator)
Stijn Verhoeff (Advisor)
In daily life at the Rietveld Academie, departments can feel like separate continents. Only through whispers that get carried over the ocean you find out what is going on at the other sides. Instead of bridges, we want to create the primal continent Pangea at Rietveld, a big collective mess that gains strength through its interconnectedness. Read the drg womanifesto here.
Can Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut become radically inclusive structures?An intra-curricular initiative is working actively between and beyond the structures and discourses of the academy to unsettle the Rietveld and Sandberg from the roots up, supporting existing initiatives, while also developing outreach programs, drawing in new perspectives, and making the context of the academy more inclusive to other voices, minds, and bodies. In 2018, Unsettling Rietveld Sandberg began working towards a policy on inclusion and diversity in the academy.
Contact: Judith Leysner, Tracian Meikle/ email@example.com
(The unions, were very active before covid-19, the info below might be dated)
The solidarity platform is an ongoing resource hub and support network for non-Dutch students, particularly non-EU students, coming to study at Dutch art higher education institutions. This platform is sourced from collaborative, shared documents initiated by non-EU students who identified the dire need for centralised information resources to help them navigate life in the Netherlands. Find the website here.
Manifested in 2018, Asian Union was born in seeking to broaden the boundaries of limitation that derive from the misconceptions of Asian Cultures in the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut. Though there are many different connotations per individual background with the term Asian, we do and welcome everyone who defines themselves as “Asian”. There are ongoing weekly meetings during the semester, conducted online and offline.
Contact: Juni Mun / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Black Student Union (USB) is an organization aiming to facilitate and support a network of Black students, alumni, and partners of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut.
Contact: Nagare Willemsen / email@example.com
Near East Union consists of people from Middle East or people with Middle Eastern roots to recalibrate the compass to understand: middle of what and whose east? NEU aims to start a discussion about Non- European people’s situations in Sandberg Institute and Gerrit Rietveld Academy. NEU wants to bring its members together to share their experiences in their new life, and find out common strategies from the common struggles. NEU welcomes all who have something to say about being a Middle Eastern within the frameworks of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Institute.
Contact: Emirhan Akin / firstname.lastname@example.org
The LCU is an initiative within the Rietveld and Sandberg aiming to rebuild the space we hold within the school by nurturing our mixed community of students with a more inclusive and diverse approach.
The circle is a student body, which looks to deepen and complicate the role the student body plays within the Sandberg Instituut; whether in relation to the courses, the formal structures of the school, or, most importantly, in relation to each other. We aim to do this by supporting and programming peer to peer and student-led initiatives, by collating experiences and discussing issues that the students face, by promoting cross-course dialogue and by paying close attention to the social life of the institution. Importantly we look to do all of this at the level of the student body, instead of deferring to the administrative structures of the school.
Contact: Philip Coyne / email@example.com
The MR* is the participation council in which representatives of the staff and of the students are assembled.
The MR has fourteen seats of which seven are for student representation and seven for staff representation (teachers, workshops and administration). The MR deals with issues concerning the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut. It advises the Board of Directors on matters such as the quality of education, employment, diversity, budget, work pressure, and others.
The Board of Directors must ask the MR for its advice and, in some cases, its agreement upon a number of issues for which this agreement is legally required. The aim of the MR is to participate in the improvement of the quality of education at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut. It meets about eight times a year to discuss the matter at stake. The MR meetings are open to members of the academic community.
Addressing the MR or requesting information is possible by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
* MR stands for ‘Medezeggenschapsraad’, or Participation Council.
The Student Support working group is formed by students, lecturers, and representatives from the Student Council and Unsettling, they focus on strengthening the position of the individual student in their personal well-being and resilience as a basic condition for studying through programming and additional support.
Contact: Judith Leysner / Juni Mun: email@example.com
This is a government-required participation body within which students and teachers consult about the quality of education provided in their program (s) and its organization. The body advises on curricula design, quality control, and policy-making. The Rietveld and Sandberg have separate OCs, the latter is currently being established.
Contact: Christie Bakker: firstname.lastname@example.org (secretary of both Rietveld and Sandberg OCs).
Studium Generale is an extensive transdisciplinary theory programme that addresses students and faculty at all departments of the Rietveld. It follows a new research trajectory every year around a specific theme that links up with current events, issues, and discussions in the (art) world. Since 2014 Studium Generale teams up with Rietveld Uncut; departments and individual students develop projects in relation to the theoretical framework of Studium Generale.
The Intracurricular Editorial Board aims to add an enriching (extra) layer of content, without supplanting regular education by stimulating interdisciplinary and trans-departmental cooperation through projects in which cooperation, self-organization, research, and new ways of working are central. The Editorial Board invites students, teachers, and workshop specialists of the Rietveld and Sandberg to team up for two semesters and create an education platform.
PUB is a trans-departmental initiative funded by and run by students of the Sandberg Institute. Establishing a publishing practice at the University, PUB functions as a hub and a platform to identify interdisciplinary connections and accelerate collaborations amongst students, alumni, and third parties. PUB’s channels include radio, Tv, PUBcast, website, Type Lab, Journal, and publishing sessions.
Radio Rietveld is a student-run platform that proliferates audio-based content from the GRA community and friends. Beyond broadcasting, the Radio serves as a transdisciplinary meeting space through physical and digital happenings. Steaming from radio.rietveldacademie.nl and uploading to Soundcloud.
The Rietveld Pavilion is the student run project space of The Gerrit Rietveld Academie and The Sandberg Insituut. The Pavilion provides a platform for students and alumni to experiment, discuss, and learn by making use of the autonomous space. The aim of the pavilion is to keep the space active, alive and to bring students together to exchange ideas and to support them in collaborative projects.