ABOUT VEGAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION AMSTERDAM
VSA Amsterdam (from now on referred to as VSA) aim to build and maintain a supportive community of vegan(-minded) students, to bring veganism to theattention of students as an effective means of helping animals and the planet, and to create a facilitatingenvironment with the purpose of making veganism easier, more enjoyable and affordable. VSA plans to achieve these goals through the following means:
Building a Community
By organising social events, such as potlucks, drinks, pub-quizzes, VSA aims to create and maintain a supportive community, so that students do not just go vegan, but stay vegan.
By hosting educational events, such as lectures, workshops, screenings, VSA aims to bring attention to the negative consequences of animal agriculture, challenges students to rethink their relations with other animals and encourages students to choose vegan alternatives.
Creating a Facilitating Environment
By collaborating with the university, restaurants and supermarkets in our cities VSA aims to create a facilitating environment where it is easy, affordable and enjoyable for individuals to choose plant-based.
The following key values reflect the shared beliefs of VSA. VSAtakes thesevalues intoconsideration in all its actions. When collaborating with outside organisations, VSA also looks for these values in its partners. Exceptions can be made for pragmatic reasons, for example collaborating with non-vegan organisations to help VSApromoteveganism. VSAis alsoaware that it has nopower overtheactivities its members do in their free time, however, these activities will not be carried out on behalf of VSA.
“Veganism is a way of living which - as far as practically possible - avoids all exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or other purposes.” - The Vegan Society
Although VSA supports all different reasons for people to live a more vegan lifestyle, veganism is first and foremost about the animals. VSA aspires to promote the well-being and interests of all living beings and tries to raise awareness about the ways in which animals are being mistreated.
VSA aims to promote sustainable living by advocating forveganism, and raising awareness about the impact of animal products on the environment and the climate. VSA also aspires to promote reducing one’s ecological footprint in other ways.
VSA wants to avoid all exploitation and cruelty towards animals,which includes humans. As such VSA rejects any form of discrimination in the strongest possible terms and is committed to avoid reinforcing oppression of marginalized groups. VSA is open and welcoming to members of any biological sex, gender identity, sexual identity, age, race, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, cultural heritage, regional origin, physical and mental abilities and disabilities.
VSA is an independent association, not affiliated with any other vegan organisations, activist groups, student associations, et cetera. This is especially the case for political parties: VSA is a politically neutral network in the sense that it is not bound to, and does
not promote any specific political parties. VSA collaborates with other organisations on a regular basis, but does so while retaining its independence.
VSA neither partakes in nor promotes illegal activities. VSA recognizes that legality does not equal morality and that civil disobedience has played a historic role in various emancipation movements. However, this is emphatically not the role VSA wishes to play in the emancipation of animals. VSA is mindful that collaborations with organizations or groups that are known for organizing disruptive illegal actions (for example blocking traffic, vandalizing property, or disrupting other citizens' everyday activities) may negatively affect the reputation of all thelocal chapters of VSA. Therefore, VSA limits the frequency of co-hosting events with such organizations, ensures that the format of those events challenges the viewpoint of the organization (such as a discussion ora debate),and does not promote other legal events of such organizations in which VSA does not participate.
VSA understands violence to mean both violence and aggression of physical, emotional and verbal nature. VSA does not use violence to achieve its goals, does not promote violence, and does not condone violent behaviour under any circumstance.
VSA does its best to ensure that information shared online and at its events is based on reliable sources and that theenvironment-and health-related claims are based on scientific research. In case that VSA shares misinformation, VSA will publish a rectification.
Responsible Alcohol and Drug Use
VSA does not promote, enable or encourage overconsumption of alcohol and other drugs.
Is social media, writing, editing and creating your hobby? Then, the Media Committee is perfect for you! We post about everything happening in the world as well as local things happening in Amsterdam.
The Media Committee posts about vegan restaurants or events happening. New items you can find in the city, shares recipes or facts related to veganism. We also create a podcast, write blog posts and a newsletter.
We meet once a week for an hour, but we actively work on VSA's posts throughout the week. Would you be interested in joining the Committee and help with sharing the vegan message? So, if you have time and passion and want to join, let us know HERE.
Would you like to get to know more vegan and vegan-minded students? The Event Committee is here for you! We organize events aimed at socializing and having as much fun as possible. The events range from potlucks, cooking workshops, borrels and pub quizzes to visiting animal sanctuaries.
The Event Committee takes care of everything, so you can have the most out of every event. Would you be interested in joining the Committee and help with organizing the events? We meet once a week for an hour, but we actively work on VSA's events throughout the week. So, if you have the time and passion and want to join, let us know HERE.
Are you dissatisfied with your university’s (or institution) selection of vegan food and drinks? Or do you want more of your fellow students to go vegan? This is exactly what the Activism Committee is trying to change! We only have one goal: veganizing Amsterdam’s higher education. The Activism Committee will try to achieve this in several ways. First, we will deliberate with universities to persuade them to serve a bigger selection of vegan food and plant-based milk in the coffee machines. Second, we will organize a variety of activism events, like outreach actions, talks by other activists and documentary screenings. The activism committee meets once a week. In between the meetings, active members are asked to spend some time contributing to the projects we’re working on. Do you want to be a part of this vegan revolution and meet a group of dedicated activists? Let us know HERE whether you would like to join!
The Mentoring Committee is a program meant for students in Amsterdam interested in veganism. This committee offers vegan mentors who are willing to support them in this. The mentees decide whether they want to start with reducing their meat intake, becoming vegetarian or vegan.
If you are vegan, passionate about veganism and helping other people, then this committee is the perfect place for you. You will be surrounded by the most incredible and passionate people and you will definitely make lifelong friends.
If you want to become vegan but do not know how and where to start, then this committee is here to guide and help you.
Many students aspire to become vegetarian or vegan but need some support in making this transition: maybe they do not know how to replace animal products in their diet or they don’t have support from their friends. They do not know anybody sharing their concerns and need someone to talk to about it. The Mentoring Committee is willing to connect vegan students with students interested in veganism, in order to make veganism easier for students. Does this sound like something you want to be apart of and would you like to help other people? The Mentoring Committee is the perfect place for you!
This committee meets once a month, but we expect you to be in contact with your mentee every week. You can contact your mentee(s) by calling or texting them but you can of course always meet up in person. Does this sound interesting to you and are you willing to help another person and develop a wonderful friendship? Let us know HERE.
Is your goal to become vegan, but you have no clue where and how to start? The Mentoring Committee is here for you! We offer mentors that can help and guide you to transition to a vegan lifestyle. How you do this, is up to you, you can start by reducing your meat intake, become vegetarian or become vegan straightaway. You will not go through this process on your own, you will develop wonderful friendships and our mentors are here to give you tips & tricks, share recipes with you and much more. Does this sound like something that you are interested in? Sign up HERE to join the community!