CS Ubuntu Newsletter October 2015
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter October 2015

In this Newsletter, please find:
  • An update from the Board
  • Save the Dates for the CS Ubuntu events for October
  • A calendar with events that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
  • An interview with Aileen, a CS Ubuntu member who is currently running for UN Youth Representative
  • Some food for thought if you want to continue reading
  • A heads up on the start of the new academic year!
Enjoy the read!

Sam, Emmalien, Jana
CS Ubuntu activities
28 October:        Movie & Munchies
09 November:     Committees Presentation                                                                              

Other activities
23 October:       Nacht van de VN 2015 / Night of the                             UN 2015, Amsterdam
02 November:    On Tour film: I Am Nojoom, Age 10                             And Divorced, LHC

Update from the Board

A little later than usual, but here we are again! 

It’s been a busy first month, with our starting activities, exciting new cooperation, and the setting up of our committees. But we’re not stopping here of course – we have lots of new things coming up. Before I get to that, however, let me tell you a little more about the past few weeks. 

We started the CS Ubuntu year with a new initiative called ‘Meet the Minors’. Open to minor and non-minor students, the evening was a nice get-together with drinks, where those interested in the Conflict Studies minor could learn more about all that it entails. 

Only a week later, we really started to get things going by holding the – now traditional – International Kitchen & Committee Market. While enjoying delicious Dutch pancakes and oliebollen, Mexican snacks, American brownies and French bread and cheese, those enthused could learn more about CS Ubuntu’s several committees.  

This evening was extra special because of its location. When we couldn’t find a venue at the university buildings, we approached an organization that we – very suiting – share a name with: the Ubuntu House. This Ubuntu House is a small-scale community house which welcomes and accommodates people that have endured (or are still enduring) homelessness, poverty and social isolation. It is a place where visitors and volunteers organize activities together, ranging from language classes to lunches, and bike repairs to exchanging experiences. Dutchies can find some more information here:  

We were extremely happy and thankful that the staff of the Ubuntu House opened their doors for us – and we would like to express my thanks to them here once again. Together with Annelies and Roos I started to discuss cooperation with them, and together we came up with some very exciting ideas. We will keep you updated! If you cannot wait to contribute to the good work they do, you can always help financially by donating to their cause on NL41TRIO0198440154 

Of course, while we continue to assemble the committees and discuss the opportunities with the Ubuntu House, we won’t leave you guys unattended. That’s why on Wednesday 21 October we organize a Movie & Munchies night where we will bring plenty of snacks and drinks for us all to watch the funny but relevant movie "James' journey to Jerusalem" - which touches upon topics of xenophobia, immigration and community. Of course we hope to see you all there! 

Moreover, you should pen 9 November in your agenda! That is the night that we plan to present to you our committees, in a yet-to-be-revealed activity. In any case we can assure you that it will be fun, there will be drinks, and of course your dear Board will be fully present – what more can you wish for? 

Lastly, for those of you wishing to become a members, and of course those who want to renew their membership – please register here: to fill out your details, and transfer the membership fee (still the incredibly good deal of 7,50 for the whole year) to NL11 ASNB 0708 8361 27.   

Save the Date: upcoming CS Ubuntu events
28 October 20:00, Movie & Munchies, Drift
As we are in the process of setting up the committees (so soon they will be inviting you to all their awesome events), we don't want to miss your presence in the mean time! So, we thought to do a Movie & Munchies night! :D
It's quite simple: we will bring plenty of snacks and drinks for us all to watch the relevant movie "We are the Giant".
Naturally we hope to see you all there!
09 November 19:30, Committees Presentation 
During this event, we will present to you CS Ubuntu's committees and their members of this year! We will announce later what kind of activity it will be, and where it will take place, but be sure there will be fun and drinks! So save the date :) 


Other Activities that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
23 October 18:45, Nacht van de VN 2015 / Night of the UN 2015, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
Are you interested in the United Nations? Would you like to know more about what diplomats and world leaders are busy doing? During the Nacht van de VN, you can join the debate on the refugee crisis, UN missions, girls’ rights and the new World Goals. You can also get to know more about working for the UN, tax evasion by multinationals and the circular economy. Last but not least, you can vote during the election of the new UN Youth Representative - for which our Member of the Month Aileen van Leeuwen is running (see below for an interview)! The event will be in Dutch. For the schedule and more information, click here.

02 November 19:00, On Tour filmvertoning: I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced, Louis Hartlooper Complex 
When she is only eight years old, Nojoom is forced to marry a thirty-year old man. However, she refuses to behave like his wife. She escapes her husband’s tyranny, and proceeds to file for divorce. Director Khadija al-Salami based the movie upon Nujood Ali’s autobiography - the girl who became the symbol of the harsh reality of forced childhood marriages in Yemen, when, at the age of ten, she walked into a court room and filed for divorce. Al-Salami is one of Yemen’s first female film makers. The film is screened by Movies that Matter Utrecht, and a debate will follow afterwards. The debate will be in Dutch; entrance fee is €8,50. Check the website for more info!


Member of the Month: Aileen van Leeuwen 
As we speak, CS Ubuntu member Aileen is running for the position of Dutch Youth Representative with the United Nations! We interviewed her about her campaign, but also about her aims and goals.

1. How did you end up at CS Ubuntu?
When I was doing the minor Conflict Studies 2 years ago I became acquainted with CS Ubuntu. I really enjoy the activities they organize and I joined the field trip to Bosnia Herzegovina. What I liked the most was meeting people who are as passionate about Conflict Studies as I am. I’m enrolled in the bachelor program Interdisciplinary Social Sciences which has some overlap with Conflict Studies, but most people don’t have the same particular interest in conflicts around the world. Joining CS Ubuntu was a great way to meet people with similar interests and ambitions!

2. At the moment, you are one of the finalists for the position of UN Youth Representative. Can you tell us a little more about what that entails, and about your campaign?
UN Youth Representatives are part of the Dutch organization NJR. In the Netherlands there are 8 UN Youth Representatives divided over the sections General Assembly, Sustainable Development, European Affairs and UNESCO. The goals of the UN Youth Representatives are to increase the influence of Dutch youth and to offer youth information and discussions about important international topics. UN Youth Representatives organize events for and give workshops and guest lectures to youth aged between 15 and 25 years old in order to discover what they find important and what their ideas are. Consequently, their thoughts and opinions are presented to politicians and the UN.  
Currently, I’m a finalist for the position of UN Youth Representative for the General Assembly. There are two finalists for this position and the elections will be held from the 14th until the 23rd of October. My campaign focuses on refugees and enlarging mutual understanding between refugees and Dutch natives in the Netherlands. As a UN Youth Representative it would be among others my goal to set up exchange programs for high school students and youth living in refugee centers in order to facilitate contact between the youth and the possibility to learn from each other. After a year I will reflect upon the input provided by the youth in Holland in front of the entire General Assembly in New York.
But first I have to win the elections. The election starts at the 14th of October and the winner will be announce at the Night of the UN. You can all vote twice by going to and sending a text message with 'Aileen' to 5040. You can even vote four times by coming to the Night of the UN and vote there as well. I hope to see you there and please spread the word!

3. What are your future plans?
It depends on the result of this campaign. If I’m appointed as the new UN Youth Representative I will be in the Netherlands for 2 years to fulfill this position. Afterwards, I’m planning to do a master program in Conflict Studies. If I won’t become the UN Youth Representative I will start a Conflict Studies master next year. I would also like to learn Arabic, so I will make time for that as well!

4.What's the best career advice that you ever got?  
Don’t choose your study path by looking only at the career perspectives. Go for the study area which you are intrinsically interested in. This passion and drive to learn will bring you much further than doing a study which solely prepares you to make money.

Food for Thought
We're looking for CS Ubuntu's UCIS delegate!
As a study association member of UCIS (Utrecht Center for International Studies), each year CS Ubuntu sends an delegate to represent them.

Being the association's delegate entails and requires :
- Keeping updated with the cooperation between the several internationally oriented master programs, including the MA Conflict Studies and Human Rights. 
- Attendance to the required three meeting a year and monthly bilateral updates to and from UCIS and CS Ubuntu. 
- Channel CS Ubuntu inquiries and remarks in a timely matter to and from UCIS.
- To note: Availability on October 26th is required, as then the first UCIS meeting will take place.

Are you interested? Please let us know by sending a short motivational letter to Deadline for application is on short notice: October 24th!

Times Higher Education -  How Europe's academy  is addressing the refugee crisis
In this article, published earlier this month, several points of view are touched upon while looking at the refugee crisis. From scholars to doctors and refugees themselves: everyone has a story to tell. One by one, they give an analysis of how Europe has been dealing with the influx of refugees so far. You can read the article here.

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Expect our next CS Ubuntu Newsletter in your inbox in the first week of November. If you have any input, feedback or updates on interesting events, please let us know at We love to hear from you! :)

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