Black Lives Matter @UM

The Maastricht University D&I Office stands in solidarity with the Black community in the United States. We stand in solidarity with People of Colour all around the globe. And we stand in solidarity with People of Colour in the Netherlands, Maastricht and our own university community.

We need to talk about:

  • Racist violence, 
  • Everyday discrimination on e.g. the street, in the classroom, at work, in the supermarket,
  • Ethnic profiling by e.g. the police and tax authorities,
  • Institutional racism

because it leads to fewer chances for People of Colour to safely live their lives and follow dreams, ambitions and talents.

On this page you will find lost of information about racism. Here is a non-exhaustive list of resources available online you can use to educate yourself on this topic. 


Executive Board:
 No one can win this battle alone; defeating racism and
discrimination is a challenge for our entire community
Read the full message.

UM's statement on 'Zwarte Piet':
 At UM the character of 'Zwarte Piet' is not welcome.  
Read the full paragraph on Sinterklaas and Black Pete.

Read - children up to young adults

Many of these are also available in audio versions, and in read aloud story videos on youtube.

Children (up to 8)

  • All are welcome – Alexandra Penfold
  • This is how we do it – Matt Lamothe
  • Same same, but different – Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
  • Be Kind – Pat Zietlow Miller
  • Global Babies – The Global Fund For Children
  • The colors of us – Karen Katz
  • Antiracist baby – Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Proudest Blue - Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali
  • Seeds of Change – Jen Cullerton Johnson
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History - Vashti Harrison
  • Lovely – Jess Hong
  • Calling Dr. Zaza – Milo Freeman
  • Not my idea – John Jimerson
  • Let the children march - Monica Clark-Robinson
  • Sulwe – Lupita Nyong’o


  • I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacy Robinson & John Jennings
  • Incognegro by Mat Johnson & Warren Pleece
  • Monster: A Graphic Novel by Walter Dean Myers, Guy A. Sims & Dawud Anyabwile
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Your Black Friend by Ben Passmore
  • Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers

Ages 8-12

  • Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song – Gary Golio
  • Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom – Tim Tingle
  • She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland – Loki Mulholland and Angela Fairwell
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement – Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Josephine – Patricia Hruby Powell

Young Adults literature

  • The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  • The Lines We Cross – Rand Abdel-Fattah
  • Dear Martin – Nic Stone