KAN & USM

A student party so good they made it twice. KAN is back and even better, now joining forces with USM this election cycle to campaign for a better UM with 6 main pillars: 1) Collaboration, 2) Sustainability and Social Responsibility, 3) Education & Employability, 4) Participation, Communication & Transparency, 5) Diversity & Inclusivity, and 6) Wellbeing.

We take pride in having achievements we can account for: With SOSMaastricht we’ve attracted the attention of newspapers such as LeMonde, RTV Maastricht and DeLimburger. We provided temporary housing for over a 100 students, and helped some to find permanent housing through working with Maastricht Housing on any openings. We know the ins and outs of housing policy, having communicated with Vivianne Heijnen, housing policy officers of the Municipality, and housing policy officers of the University. We provided solutions, and lobbied in the Municipality Council meetings, and University Council meetings. Our proudest achievement is the continual pressuring for an increase of more short-term container housing in Maastricht for students resulting more than 600 additional units being currently constructed.

Through 56hourrule.nl We collaborated with the Maastricht University legal affairs team, and had the Dutch government admit that there is an issue with the 56 hour criteria as regards the information, and continuous pressuring and research, we’ve had the issue broadcasted through the LSVb and ISO. The system is changing together with the national campaign not my debt. We have been fighting for our rights as students.

Furthermore, in collaboration with the Green Office, we created the Sustainability Week, attracting student organizations and businesses together through different events to promote different issues and interesting projects surround sustainability. An event that will become an annual occurrence.

This year is focused on issues such as housing, student wellbeing, combatting sexual harassment in the University, as well as increasing accessibility of education, we hope that we can provide future students a University experience without the issues we’re all aware of and have, unfortunately, lived through ourselves. 

Some of our main running points are:

  1. Updating and reworking the current sexual harassment policy present in the university, and providing students with necessary guidance, help and support in cases where they might have been victims of sexual harassment and assault. 

  2. Through SOSMaastricht, we’ve learned a lot about the complicated and very often difficult housing situation in Maastricht for students. Due to this we wish to promote a more active stance of the University in these matters - participating in the future development of the municipality to support the growth of the University, providing support for students who have encountered scams, issuing warnings during moments when the housing market is facing unpredicted pressure, and more. 

  3. Reworking UM policy, guidelines, code of conduct, charters, announcements to be gender-neutral in their addresses, to align ourselves as a progressive university.

  4. Further promoting sustainability and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals within the University.

  5. Fighting for more transparency of both internal and external functioning of the University. We as students have a right to know how our university operates, and how it conducts itself, as members of the community. 

  6. Language courses for students should be subsidized, as well as the University should promote profession and faculty specific language courses, such as business language courses in SBE, legal language in LAW, and so on and so forth.

  7. Providing more international, especially non-EU students the opportunity to receive financing to pursue their studies at UM, such as through scholarships.

And so much more, we’ve created a comprehensive and detailed list of things we wish to achieve as a long-term strategy, and we hope you’re on board with what we have to offer. If you’re interested to learn more, we very kindly invite you to see our manifesto. Let’s build a more safe, enjoyable and sustainable university experience for ourselves, and future students! Vote KAN & USM.

Helena Sanvicente

Helena Sanvicente

Hello! I’m Helena, a second-year Global Studies student with a passion for sustainability, diversity, and inclusivity. Outside of FASoS, you may catch me enjoying some sun in the park or swaying behind the decks. I have represented KAN and fellow students as Vice-Chair of the FASoS Faculty Council this year. The projects I worked on revolved around student safety and wellbeing, sexual harassment, and sustainability. I am proud to be part of KAN because our goals relate to big picture issues that affect the university and our society beyond UM. Vote for KAN, vote for the big picture!

Krithik Medwin Rock

Krithik Medwin Rock

Hey! I’m Krithik, currently pursuing my second-year in European Studies. I’m from Pondicherry, in South India, but grew up in Malaysia and Singapore, learning to love multiculturalism along the way. After having spent this academic year on the board of KAN Party, I bring an approach which unites that understanding of UM’s political arena with my ardency to engage with representing and building my community(ies) in order to see UM through to its greener and more international ambitions. Something on your mind? Seek me out at the Sustainability Hub or Banditos at FASoS, I’m only a quick text away!

Alina Timosenco

Alina Timosenco

Hi! I’m Alina. I’m in my second year of Global Studies. Besides being passionate about sustainability, I enjoy reading, meditating, and finding peace in nature. Climate awareness and intersectionality are some of the values that I promote as an activist and KAN member. I believe being part of the FASoS Faculty Council means contributing toward a better academic environment and a more inclusive community that cares for the planet too. As a member of the Faculty Council, I will stand up for our diverse community by promoting inclusivity and sustainability. 

Noa Sara Lehmann

Noa Sara Lehmann

Hey, I am Noa and in my first year of Global Studies. Besides my studies and engagement in different student associations, I love to spend my time outside, with friends or cooking. I am running for the Fasos Council because I believe that UM, as an academic institution, has a responsibility and should be held accountable to implement and contribute to sustainability in all aspects of its work. In addition, I want to ensure that there is  more awareness and discourse about mental health issues and that UM provides its students with better access to mental health care.

Christopher Cherakakis

Christopher Cherakakis

I’m your typical veganarchist, looking for more radical solutions. To understand the world and how to change it better, I do global studies. In my free time, I love to do some activism and volunteer at cool projects like the foodbank, besides going climbing and doing some creative stuff. I’m running because I want to push for more diversity, a greener campus, better mental health care as well as more opportunities for non-EU students to have a shot at our uni. 

So if you usually think ‘one solution, revolution’ I’m your person.

Lucas Dann Ruiz

Lucas Dann Ruiz

My name is Lucas, a second-year Global Studies student. I really enjoy chilling on a sunny day and doing loads of sports like skating, surfing and climbing. I practice many activities outdoors, and this is why I really feel particularly strong about protecting the environment, since it brings (at least to me) much happiness to simply enjoy the little things in nature.

I think it’s very important to involve every student in climate action so that we all find our own way to care for the environment, making us aware of the difference between good and bad sustainable initiatives.

Maïalen Juery

Maïalen Juery

Heyo! I’m Maïalen, finishing up my first year at Global Studies. I am convinced that the world is evolving so fast that we must take a step back and take into account every consequence, before acting. One of the many issues we have to deal with is accepting that we must make a change to solve global warming. This change has to be done on a global scale. However, being a student in a university doesn't give you much power to change the world. 

That is why, I think we must start acting at our scale, within our university.

Fiona Dodds Olascoaga

Fiona Dodds Olascoaga

Hey!! I’m Fiona and I’m in my first year of Global Studies! I’ve always been amazed of how beautiful our planet is and I also love animals so I would love to be a part of changing UM’s attitude towards protecting the environment. I believe that many young people are starting to become aware of what needs to be done and I would love to raise awareness to those who are not as well as demanding change to our academic institutions.

Emanuele Lovatelli

Emanuele Lovatelli

I'm Emanuele! This is my first year in Maastricht and I would like to see a real change towards sustainability in UM. The students have the power to call for change and so does the university as a whole through a sustainable agenda. That’s why it’s worth standing up for more ambitious and strategic plans.

Shaka! :)

Ghiléa Pesesse Tacq

Ghiléa Pesesse Tacq

Charlotte Lenhard

Charlotte Lenhard

I am a climate activist in student representation because UM needs us to push for change. Besides activism, I enjoy studying European Studies and creative writing. 

I am part of the University Council and was vice-chair of the FASoS Faculty Council last year. I helped set up our faculty's Sustainability Platform and replace the concrete behind GG76 with a garden. But there are still many unsustainable practices that aren't serving our community. In the upcoming academic year, I'd like to see coherent strategies for transformation by all faculties and by UM. Let's make it happen by working together! 

Raphael Harnett

Raphael Harnett

Mahalo, I’m running because I believe that ‘there ain’t no power like the power of the students cuz the power of the students don’t stop !’ 

Kind regards:) 

Nele Adolphsen

Nele Adolphsen

Hello, I’m Nele! I’m a third-year ES student. I am active in the climate movement and have been organizing with MaastrichtForClimate since I got to the city. Here I’ve helped raise awareness of the need to combat climate change and social inequalities on the streets. But I believe climate justice must be translated to all layers of society. Universities, as knowledge hubs and as institutions, have a key responsibility to act. Together with KAN, I am dedicated to helping UM and FASOS live up to this and become a socially conscious, inclusive and sustainable community.

Helena Semmler

Helena Semmler