Talea Korfé (she/her)

Human Resources

Talea was born and raised in Germany. She is a queer woman who grew up in a multicultural family with roots in Hungary. Talea has been engaged in social work since a very young age and her passion for it only grew over the years. She is committed to creating an equitable learning environment within the higher education sector by advocating for systemic educational change.

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Alex Alexandrova (she/her)

Resources & External Communication

Meet Alex. Born and mostly raised in Bulgaria, Alex comes from a family line of Sephardic Jews, and in her teens got involved in her Jewish community in Sofia, where she became part of a youth movement involved in the upkeep of the local community and the wider Jewish diaspora. Living in a country that faces a multitude of social issues, as well as her family and the movement, inspired her to develop a passion for social work, activism, and advocacy. The latter two came during her years in Groningen, where she recently graduated with the International Communication BA. She currently continues her Master's in Media, Power, and Difference in Barcelona, Catalonia.


Genesis Saragoza (she/her)

Social Media Coordinator

Genesis was born and raised in Bonaire with roots in the Dominican Republic. When she moved to the Netherlands for her studies, she found herself confronted with a great deal of racism and discrimination. She joined SCDAI to advocate against the institutionalized exclusion of marginalized minority groups, but also to help create a safer space for learning and growth for herself and her peers.

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Walphana Peterson (she/her)

Research Assistant

Walphana is a student of International Communication, born in Haiti and raised on the little island of Aruba. Coming from a diverse background and being subjugated to issues of race, immigration, and gender fueled her to become more aware of diversity issues. Now, more than ever, she is committed to lending a voice to those forced to be silenced.

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Ekin Yıldıran-Schoepe (she/her)

Research Coordinator

Born and raised in Turkey, Ekin moved to Germany to pursue a master's degree in Sociology. There she grew an academic interest in transnationality, university politics, and social boundaries in Higher Education (HE). She was involved in various interdisciplinary HE projects with topics ranging from knowledge production, and privatization of universities to responsible research and innovation. She currently resides in Groningen. With her activism at SCDAI, she strives to put her theoretical knowledge into action in a way that actively contributes to the well-being of students, communities, and society.

Emilia Dimitrov (she/her)

Lobbying & Networking Coordinator

Emilia is originally from a little town in western Germany with roots in Bulgaria. Growing up with this multicultural influence and living in different countries throughout her youth, thought her from an early age about the significant differences and injustices in other cultures and countries as well as in Germany. In 2020, she moved to Groningen to start her studies in International Communications. Since living in here, Emilia has learned a lot about the institutionalized exclusion of marginalized minority groups through SCDAI. Being a student of higher education herself, she wants to support the team by spreading their message.

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Francis Urciullo (They/Them)

Copywriter & Blog Coordinator 

Francis was born and raised in south Italy. Before moving to The Netherlands in 2018 to study English Language & Culture, they lived in Denmark as an exchange student. In both scenarios, they were confronted with the injustices of the Northern European arrogance towards Southern cultures. Since living in Groningen, Francis has been an active watcher and experienced the institutionalized bias and racism towards minorities in Dutch higher education. With SCDAI, they want to engage actively in the discourse and support the team’s advocacy for underrepresented students and minorities.

Join our team!

These are the positions available:

  • Graphic Designer (Canva and/or Adobe experience)
  • Video and Podcast editor (ideally prior experience with Adobe PremierePro & Audition)