Mitchell Esajas (1988) is co-founder of New Urban Collective, a social enterprise with the mission to strengthen the socioeconomic position of youth with a migrant background, especially those of African descent. He obtained a master’s degree in in Social and Cultural Anthropology and a master’s degree in Business Administration at VU University and works as a program manager and study advisor at the department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He has a strong commitment to social justice and anti-racism and is involved in organizing educational, empowerment and advocacy programs for youths, activists students and young professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds in the Netherlands and Europe. In addition, he is actively involved in the anti-Black Pete movement and the European Network for People of African Descent and European Network Against Racism. He aspires to pursue a PhD and become a social entrepreneur.
Updated May 2015
More from Mitchell Esajas
PAX Power to the People x HIA Talks: Activism: profession, hobby, or lifestyle?
In the context of the National Peace Week 2020, Humanity in Action The Netherlands, in collaboration with PAX Power to the People, organized the event ACTIVISM: PROFESSION, HOBBY, OR LIFESTYLE? On Sunday September 20th, 2020, we spoke with several ‘changemakers’ about their activism.
Watch PAX Power to the People x HIA TALKS | Activism: Profession, hobby or lifestyle?
Activism is protest, but it is also so much more. What exactly does activism mean? Is it a job? A conviction? Full-time activism is mentally hard to sustain, and therefore only available to few. But does that mean that you can't make a difference if you don't do it 24/7? No, it doesn't.
Kick Out Black Pete in talks with Prime Minister Rutte
On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, Kick Out Black Pete (KOBP), represented by experts from the Afro-Dutch community, including Humanity in Action The Netherlands' Program Manager Raissa Biekman, spoke with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Wouter Koolmees of Social Affairs and Employment.
Strong Against Discrimination
How can young talent actively contribute to an inclusive and just society in the Netherlands, Europe and the United States? In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent peaceful protests against institutional racism, this is the key question addressed during the Humanity in Action Fellowships.
Mitchell Esajas on racism and violence against Kick Out Black Pete
"...I learned that freedom of expression and demonstration are fundamental rights for everyone. On the streets of The Hague, Gouda and Rotterdam I learned that in practice this does not apply if you want to express your opinion about Black Pete".
Martin Luther King Day in the Netherlands
We sat down with American activist Lucas Johnson and Mitchell Esajas, founder of the Black Archives, to ask them the same question King posed in his 1967 work: Where do we go from here?
John Lewis Fellows Reflective Essays 2016
In the essays, the Fellows write about their experiences in the John Lewis program, delving into personal aspects of their own identities – such as national, ethnic, gender, racial or religious – and reveal ways in which participation in the program has shaped their personal outlooks.
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