Trust persons

Internal trust person:                                                       External trust person:

Star Siripanich                                                                   Bente Ferwerda                                        




The 34th board of SEC is introducing the concept of trust persons within our association this year. The two trust persons for our members shall consist an internal trust persons and an external trust person. The position of the internal trustperson shall be held by Star Siripanich (Treasurer). Furthermore, we are cooperating with Machiavelli, the study association of Political Science. The position of external trust person will be held by their Chair, Bente Ferwerda. In exchange, Star Siripanich will be the external trust person for Machiavelli.

The function of our trust persons is mainly meant for us to show our members that we are always prepared to listen, in the case that there are complaints, or if there are students that do not feel comfortable at one of our events (for whatever reason possible). In this way we can solve issues together when they are still small and easily solvable.

This does not mean, however, that we are official certified psychologists, ombudsmen or trust persons of the UvA. We do know who we can redirect members to, if that is deemed necessary, and how we can guide members properly (in extreme cases) at the start of the process, since it might be difficult or overwhelming to do this alone. 

What we can actively focus on, however, is ensuring a pleasant and confidential environment during our events, where cultural or social backgrounds/differences should not be a barrier for contact between members. We are therefore constantly busy facilitating gatherings, both online and offline, where everyone can feel at ease. And if that would not be the case, we offer a listening ear.

For non-association related issues, please contact:

Study advisor:

Trust persons of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences:

Mirjam Koelewijn:

Anne van der Putten:

Student psychologists (for questions only):