CS Ubuntu Newsletter February 2019
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Newsletter February 2019


Dear <<First Name>>,
We've put the grey January days in the past and struggled through the pile of deadlines and exams that belong to the first month of the year at Utrecht University. We are now ready for a fresh new start of the second semester, in which we have some exciting events planned!

In this month's newsletter you can find:

Enjoy the read!

Update from the board

Dear members,

We are welcoming new members and are actively trying to engage everyone, so check out our coming events! To inform you about the things going on behind the screens: we have been making an effort to strengthen our ties with the university and other associations. Our plan is for CS Ubuntu to play a bigger part in the evaluation and discussions regarding our education.  Our board year is half way through and we would like to inform you on what we’ve been doing in our next General Assembly, hope to see you there!

Kind regards on behalf of the 8th board,

Julie Koehorst
CS Ubuntu President


Call for Committees
For the coming semester we are looking for new committee members again. Do you want to contribute to organising conflict-related events such as lectures, documentary screenings or the Big Study Trip? Do you want to build your CV whilst also having fun with your fellow committeemembers? Join one of our committees for the perfect combination of fun and networking within and outside the university!
Positions are open for the following committees:

- Academic Committee: help expand the academic ties of CS Ubuntu to the university, network with the Centre for Conflict Studies. You'll organise education evaluation programs for the conflict studies minor as well as attend meetings that will help us build a academic base within the university.

- Conflict Academy Committee: organise one of the most exciting events of the year: the Conflict Academy, in which a conflict similuation is set up and participants are divided into negotiating groups with different backgrounds. Help write the narrative, organise the lectures on the topic and be the game master on the event itself!

- Study Trip Committee: help organise the Big Study Trip to Morocco and be in charge on the trip itself. Have you always wanted to organise a trip for a group of people, leading them through a foreign country and network with local ngos and other government agencies? Join the Study Trip Committee!

- Lecture Committee: organise lectures on conflict topics and help find speakers. This semester you will also be responsible for organising the dies symposium to celebrate CS Ubuntu's birthday.

- Activities Committee: has the honor of organising a variety of interesting and fun activities throughout the year. Expect trips to governmental institutions, NGO’s, intriguing movie nights, international food evenings, pub quizzes, and, of course, our monthly drinks!

If you are interested, please send an short application to including your motivation and for which committee you're applying.
On Wednesday 6 February, we are hosting a little committee info evening, in which we tell you more about the committees and what it means to be a part of them. Afterwards, we are having some drinks, so plenty of time to discuss the options.


Big Study Trip: Morocco
From the 12th to the 19th of April your very own Study Trip Committee will take you on a trip to Tanger and Rabat, to visit a wide array of NGO’s, government agencies and expert individuals who busy themselves with human rights issues and refugee policy. Yes, that’s right; no topic is discussed more and we intend to literally present to you those who are in the thick of it. Next to this unique perspective on the human rights and refugee situation in Morocco, there will be optional visits to the beautiful medina-blue town of Chefchaouen and the city of Casablanca.

12-19 April
Registration closes on Friday 8th of February!
Sign up through this link!

Upcoming Events

6 February
Monthly Drinks: Committee Info edition
This monthly drinks we will inform you about taking part in a committee for CS Ubuntu. We will discuss all committees and how you can contribute to the association whilst working on building your CV.


14 February
Pub Crawl: the Crawl is for All
This year, there is no need to worry about an awkward Valentine's Day. We will take you on a pub crawl through Utrecht!

20 February
General Assembly
The second General Assembly of this year will take place on 20 February. This evening we will inform our members on our achievements and work behind the screen. Afterwards, we will go for some drinks at Cafe de Stadsgenoot.
An official invitation follows soon.


12-19 April
Big Study Trip: Morocco
This year's Big Study Trip will take you to the beautiful heart of Morocco, where we will explore human rights and migration topics whilst enjoying the heat of the sun and immerse ourselves in the local culture.
Registration closes on 8 February, so sign up quickly!

Recap of Last Month's Events

9 January: Monthly Drinks: New Year's Edition

We eased into coming back to university after the holidays with our monthly drinks. We heard about everyone's awkward/fun/happy holiday stories over some beers!

17 January: Cinema & Drinks
On the 17th of January the activities committee organized a trip to the cinema! We went to see ‘Mary: Queen of Scots’, and it was a great break from all the deadlines and exams. Afterwards we discussed the film and the positioning of characters over some pints of Guinness.

23 January: Board games at de Stadsgenoot

This month's board games edition took place in Cafe de Stadsgenoot, where we played some heated games of Yahtzee! Who knew Yahtzee could trigger such heated discussions?

1 February: Public lecture on Burundi
In collaboration with Yves and the Burundi Diaspora

“If we want to solve the problem, we need to overcome the fear”

On Friday afternoon we gathered at Janskerkhof with the Burundi Diaspora for a public lecture on the conflict in Burundi and to hear their personal experiences. It was an emotional but very successful afternoon. We learnt about the difficulties migrating to Europe, the failing justice system of Burundi and the human rights violations that take place.
The speakers also encouraged us to take action, because they only way to solve the problem is not to run away from it, but to overcome our fears and bring peace and justice to Burundi.

We concluded the night with some well-deserved drinks at Mick O'Connells, where we were able to discuss the topic even more, thank the participants and enjoy our time together.


Stay in touch

The next newsletter will be send to you in the first week of March.
In the meantime, you can always find us on our website / Facebook / Instagram.

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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