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
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Mitchell Esajas over racisme en geweld tegen Kick Out Zwarte Piet.
"... ik dat de vrijheid van meningsuiting en betoging fundamentele grondrechten zijn voor eenieder. Op straat in Den Haag, Gouda en Rotterdam leerde ik dat dit in de praktijk niet geldt als je jouw mening wilt uiten over Zwarte Piet".
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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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