Student Suus volgde extra vakken over duurzaamheid en behaalde een duurzaamheidsgetuigenis op haar bachelordiploma. Ze poseert trots met haar diploma.
Student Suus volgde extra vakken over duurzaamheid en behaalde een duurzaamheidsgetuigenis op haar bachelordiploma. Ze poseert trots met haar diploma.

Student Suus about the Sustainability Testimony: "Equality and diversity are also forms of sustainability."

Suus Wilmsen (21) completed her Bachelor's degree in Political Science on May 7th with a special addition to her diploma: a 'sustainability testimony.' This was achieved through extra courses and a thesis focusing on sustainability. She talks about her dreams, ambitions, and the motivation behind earning her certificate. "I am very engaged with current affairs and have always had something activist within me."

Receiving a sustainability certificate is not easy: students must complete 21 ECTS worth of sustainability courses, including 6 from another faculty. Additionally, the topic of the bachelor's thesis must be related to sustainability. Suus took extra courses in sociology and opted for an additional course on Politics, Power, and Gender. "After taking these courses, my interest in equality, sustainability, and diversity grew."

During her thesis, Suus researched the impact of climate change on gender inequality. She examined whether international organisations, such as the United Nations, tailor their climate policies to address gender differences. Her research revealed that women in the UN's Green Climate Fund are described as "vulnerable victims of climate change," confirming to her that sustainability encompasses more than just environmental concerns. "Equality is also a form of sustainability."

Activism

Suus is deeply interested in current affairs and driven to make an impact on the world. "My boyfriend says there has always been an activist in me." It's something that comes from within her: "I didn't inherit it from my family. I discovered in high school that civics really appealed to me." During that time, she participated as a "climate protester" at the Malieveld and once stood on the A12 highway.

As she became more involved, she began to take more action. Since January, she has been volunteering with the Dutch Council for Refugees and works as a legal assistant one day a week at an asylum center in Arnhem. The work has taught her a lot and brings her a sense of fulfillment. "I see that with something relatively small, I can already make a big difference and truly be helpful." Suus believes that anyone can make an impact: "Look for volunteer opportunities in a theme that interests you and take that step to take real action."

Future plans 

Suus isn't exactly sure what she wants to do next year. Her volunteer work has led her to consider a master's degree related to migration. However, she is also very interested in masters programs focusing on gender and diversity. She describes a dream job as a position at the United Nations' Department of Equality, but she also sees herself working at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). "I would like to work in a place where you feel like you can contribute something to society."

 

 

 


 

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