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November 2020 Newsletter

Update from the Board

Dear Ubuntu members,

While the days are getting darker, and the weather is slowly getting colder, here’s another update from your favorite board to brighten up your day!

We have lots of exciting activities happening this month. Our Activiities Committee has gotten into the Christmas spirit and has organized an Ubuntu Bake-Off where you can learn to make some yummy Christmas cookies, they have also organized a Secret Santa for our members! There will also be an online lecture held at the end of the month regarding remote warfare in the Middle East of which details will be posted on our social media soon. Additionally, our first General Assembly of the acdemic year will be held on the 25th November! This is a great way to get updated on what is happening in the association and is also where the board will be presenting its One Year Policy. We really hope to see you all there! 

As it unfortunatly looks like our boardroom will be out of action for some time the board has decided to host a weekly online coffee hour where you can join us and other members for a nice hot drink and a chat. Details of this are posted below!

We hope you all are keeping well despite the current lockdown situation and look forward to seeing you (virtually) soon!
For more frequent info and updates keep an eye on our  Instagram and Facebook.

Best wishes on behalf of the 10th Board,

Kayla Dwyer
President CS Ubuntu 2020 - 2021



General Assembly I 
It is our pleasure to invite you to CS Ubuntu's first General Assembly of the 2020/21 academic year!
The General Assembly is open to all and is an opportunity to catch up with what is happening within CS Ubuntu. Importantly during this GA, the 10th board will be presenting our One Year Policy for this academic year.
Join us if you want to learn more about the association or to get up to speed with what has been happening!
The GA will take place on Wednesday the 25th of November. Due to current covid regulations, this GA will be held on the online platform Jitsi.
Sign up here:
Hope to see you there!

Lecture: The Paradox of Remote Warfare; Hawija and The Netherlands by Lauren Gould
Interested in international politics, conflict studies or the Middle East? Then study association CS Ubuntu invites you to an online lecture and Q&A with dr. Lauren Gould. 

As lecturer at the Center for Conflict Studies (Utrecht University) she is specialized in remote warfare and the role of Western states in local conflicts around the world. As warfare changed in recent decades, Western governments are taking another approach for military interventions abroad. Less troops are being deployed on the ground, and artillery and providing military training to local armies came to play a bigger role. In 2015, a Dutch F-16 attack on an ISIS arms and bombs storage in Hawija (Iraq), operating in a Western military alliance. This has caused around 170 victims, leaving 70 civilians dead and around 100 wounded. Only in late 2019 this airstrike became topic of public debate, as questions raised about mis-informing parliament, responsibility and compensation. 

Lauren Gould will teach you more about these topics in a lecture on Jitsi, followed by a Q&A. She has conducted fieldwork in Uganda and South-Sudan, works at Utrecht University and leads the Intimacies of Remote Warfare programme. 

For more context, you can find more information about her in the following link, which also includes a podcast:
You can also watch the following fragment from the talkshow Zondag met Lubach about the situation in Dutch politics:

The exact date is to be confirmed but will be towards the end of November. Keep an eye on our socials for updates. We hope to see you there!

CS Ubuntu does Secret Santa!
The days are getting shorter, the streets of Utrecht are decorated with cute lights, and Mariah Carey is crawling out of her cave. Time to get ready for the festive season! CS Ubuntu is here to celebrate with you. We are organizing a secret Santa gift exchange 🎅 The budget is €7.50, gifts have to fit through a letterbox and to participate have to live in Utrecht, so gifts can be delivered by bike. You can sign up until the 25th of November, after which we will send you an email with information about the person you are buying a gift for. Next, you decide on a present, maybe add a nice card, and deliver your present before the 13th of December 🎁 If you're leaving before the 13th for the holiday break, we will of course let your secret Santa know!
To sign up, fill in this google form: 


Introducing: Online Coffee Hour

Do you miss chats in the boardroom? Do you miss seeing your lovely fellow members’ faces? Us too! So we’re starting a weekly (digital) coffee hour! So grab a cup of tea, coffee, or hot cocoa and head to our CS Ubuntu discord sever (link below) next Tuesday at 11am for our first coffee hour! You don’t have to attend the whole thing, feel free to hop in and out between classes, we’d love to see all your faces, old and new, and have a nice catchup! 

Link to use Tuesday 17th November at 11am:

October Monthly Spotlight: Italian Migrants and Covid -19

October's Monthly Spotlight focused on the situation of migrants in Italy in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. A combination of of the inability to social distance within the refugee camps, the lack of access to medical care, and far-right politicians using the crisis to target the migrants, means that many migrants in Italy today live in dire conditions. Check out our Facebook and Instagram posts for more information on this issue. You can also access our resource bank which includes ways you can help here;



A couple opportunities you may be interested in! (Deadlines are approaching quickly!)

-Looking for UGlobe student public engagement fellows: apply now!
Since 2017, the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe) and TivoliVredenburg have organised a highly-successful series of UGlobe Cafés. These events aim to bring academic insights to the public (and vice versa) on global issues relating to human rights, conflict and security, and sustainability and equity.
The events take place in a ‘café’ format: a balanced mixture of (brief) lectures, interviews, panel discussions, and other mediums, with significant opportunity for active audience participation.
The Student Editor Team

The organization of a new series of UGlobe Cafés are looking for a multi-disciplinary group of enthusiastic, motivated students that want to be part of the editor team. Duties will include:
- Contributing to the program
- Inviting speakers
- Collecting relevant video and photograph materials
- Conducting background research
- Writing briefings for the speakers
Interested? Please send an email to along with your resumé and a short motivation outlining your suitability by the 13th of November 2020.
For more detailed information, please visit our website:

Traineeship at Hiero

We are Hieroo. We are the pioneers of the new generation! As a Young Consultant, we operate in a wide variety of sectors in Utrecht and its surroundings. By doing so, we bring rejuvenation, innovation, and amplification within organizations. Together we share knowledge and create a societal impact in our city.
During the two-year traineeship at Hieroo Utrecht, you will conduct multiple consulting projects for different organizations. Furthermore, you will participate in a program focused on personal development. Through this program, you will continue to develop and use your knowledge and skills to contribute to making our city an even better place!
Are you getting excited and do you want to learn more about the local traineeship? Sign up for the online inhouse the 26th of November through the link below!

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