Bel Parnell-Berry – Chair/Programme Manager
As chair and programme manager my main responsibilities include coordinating our events, activities and strategy building. I lead the ERIF team in meeting the organisation’s aims and objectives through engaging in our core ideas and beliefs. Alongside ERIF, I write and conduct social policy research. Also, I am a part of the Anti-Golliwog campaign on Facebook and Tumblr. You can find out more about my work here.
Martijn Kerkmeijer – Treasurer/Financial Officer
As financial officer my main responsibilities are ensuring that ERIF has sufficient funds to be able to organise our events and activities and to make sure everything is in financial order (payments, administration, checks and balances, financial reports). I also help out with the practical organising of our events. I have studied International Relations and currently work at a Dutch national culture fund. I have been learning about and am involved in the fight against racism (especially in its more insidious forms) for some years now, and being a part of ERIF is a very important part of that fight.
Toon Kerkhoff – Logistics Advisor
As logistics advisor my main responsibilities are venue scouting and ensuring that ERIF can practically host exhibitions, events and activities. Alongside ERIF, I work as an assistant professor of Public Administration at Leiden University, the Netherlands, where I teach and conduct research on corruption, ethics and administrative history. I am also part of the Anti-Golliwog campaign on Facebook and Tumblr. You can find out more about my work here.
Noémi Michel – Content & Audience Developer
Within ERIF, my responsibilities consist of working on the content and the outcomes of our events and publications. My goal is that ERIF constantly engages with and is nourished by a wide and plural audience in order to pursue with power the fight against racism. Alongside ERIF, I am working as a PostDoc researcher and lecturer at the University of Geneva on issues related to the politics of citizenship and (anti)racism, and I coordinate the research group PostIt – thinking racial and postcolonial difference.
Merhawi Fessehazion – Audience Developer
As an audience developer my main responsibility is to communicate the mission and vision of ERIF to our audience and to establish a relationship with them. Alongside my work at ERIF I am also conducting research concerning racism within the Dutch labor market. My personal interests lie especially with racism and how this intersects with other forms of oppression.
Rae Parnell – Content & Communications Coordinator
As Content and Communications Coordinator, my main duties within ERIF include managing emails, creating promotional materials, and producing original content for ERIF’s blog. When not promoting all things ERIF, I can be found doing work in healing and disability justice with the Healing Justice Library, a project that focuses on the free distribution of healing tools such as wheelchairs, heating pads, and sunlamps. My passions include radical education, celebrating queer and trans identities of colour, and finding new Black science and speculative fiction to read.
Leah Cowan – Content & Communications Coordinator
I create digital content and communications strategy for ERIF. I am an anti-detention and migrants rights activist, currently working at a charity which lobbies and campaigns on behalf of domestic and sexual violence and abuse survivor services. I am also Political Editor at gal-dem, an online magazine written by women of colour.