Since 2018, Unsettling Rietveld Sandberg is working towards a policy on inclusion and diversity in the academy.

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.

Through collaboration, confrontation, conversation and complication, Unsettling Rietveld Sandberg aims to support 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 – those who are here and those who are not, yet.

Together with the dynamic input of students, staff, external advisors and management, Unsettling Rietveld Sandberg will collectively generate a policy for equity and diversity in our institutes which aims to not only shift the ways we work together but also ask the question: who is the 'we' in the first place?

It’s one of the first steps towards becoming an academy of the 21st century in Amsterdam – an interdependent space for brave ideas and unlearning.

Every Thursday the Unsettling Station is open for conversations in person; on Thursdays from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs at the Rietveld Sandberg Bibliotheek, FedLev building!

For newsletters, questions and updates please email: unsettling[at]

For updates on what’s happened so far or upcoming events and meetings, visit Unsettling’s Facebook and website

unsettling Consultant

Judith Leysner


unsettling Coordinators

Nagaré Willemsen

Emirhan Akın