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Noémie Bourguignon

What’s your story? 

I come from Paris, France, where I spent the first 16 years of my life. In high school, I realized that I needed to get out of my bubble and try something new. I applied to the United World Colleges (UWC), a global educational movement  bringing together students from very diverse nationalities and backgrounds based on ideals of peace and sustainability. I ended up attending the Mahindra UWC of India, where I spent two amazing years. There, I was introduced to the world of activism and realized the power of diversity and community. I then looked into continuing my journey somewhere else, which led me to Amsterdam! I am now finishing my Bachelors at the UvA. Apart from my studies, I am part of the UvA student board of Our Bodies Our Voice, an NGO to prevent sexual violence on campus. In my free time, I love to cook, write poetry and attend cool events, be it artsy open mics or more political talks! 


Favorite social / environmental project and why?

I think one of my favorite social initiatives has to be La Cloche, a French NGO. It aims to bring together housed citizens and homeless people to fight social exclusion and foster interpersonal solidarity. The project involves businesses and individuals alike to give homeless people access to services such as plugs, books or else laundry machines, but also to provide spaces of interactions through various activities where both “housed” and “unhoused” people can participate and connect. I love the social aspect of this initiative, which goes far beyond providing basic necessities of shelter and food. Instead, it really looks at people as people, with a need for human interaction and a desire to be included in society. 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is probably my obsession with TV shows. Or, my obsession with my cat… Or, my obsession with watching TV shows with my cat purring on my lap. Yes, that’s probably it. 

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