Student in the Spotlight

Current facets (Pre-Master)

By putting a student 'in the spotlight' during the Opening of the Academic Year, Erasmus University rewards inspiring initiatives: special things that students from Erasmus University do to achieve their ambitions and concrete activities with social value. Students are given 5 minutes on stage to present their project and inspire others. This year's Student in the Spotlight is Levis Maina Nderitu.

'I was shocked at this prejudice'- Student in the Spotlights shares his story of being bullied

Our Student in the Spotlight 2018 Levis Maina Nderitu shared his emotional story during the opening of the Academic Year. "One thing they never prepared me for was the reality of being different in an indifferent world. They never prepared me for the bullying, the name-calling and the rejection. I remember a few years ago, while interviewing for a trainee position at a large manufacturing company, one of of the managers said to me: with your high voice I don't think you will be able to work here. I was shocked at this prejudice." Levis Maina Nderitu studies at International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and is the founder of the Sullivan Reed Society, that aims to promote the rights of the LGBT+ community. Read more here: https://www.eur.nl/en/news/levis-maina-nderitu-student-spotlight-2018

Geplaatst door Erasmus University Rotterdam op Maandag 3 september 2018

Levis Maina Nderitu is the founder of the Sullivan Reed Society, whose main activities are aimed at promoting a world where the LGBT+ community is free from discrimination and persecution and also has equal opportunities in life, including access to work, study programmes and education.

In 2016, in partnership with various parties like Hivos, Sullivan Reed Society launched the Colourful Workplaces initiative, to create inclusive workplaces for the LGBT+ community in Kenya. Levis and his team do this through research, by organising round table conferences, training sessions and an annual conference. Until now Sullivan Reed has worked together with ten big multinationals, the United Nations and the Dutch embassy in Nairobi. 

Levis Maina Nderitu has been selected for various fellowships. In October he is representing Erasmus University Rotterdam at the Clinton Global Initiative University in Chicago.

Levis Maina Nderita

The jury about Levis

The Student in the spotlight jury, comprising Rector Magnificus Professor Rutger Engels and Jordie van der Burgt, representing the student body in the University Council, chose Levis Maina Nderitu because diversity and inclusivity are important themes for Erasmus University. He gives a voice to the LGBT+ movement. The initiative of Levis Maina Nderitu speaks ambition and public involvement. He thus reflects the vision that Erasmus University is a university at the heart of society.